By Ayya Lmahamad
The General Assembly of the Swiss-Azerbaijani Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (SACCI) was held in Geneva under the auspices
of the SACCI with the support of Azerbaijan's Small and Medium
Business Development Agency (SMBDA) and the Azerbaijani embassy in
the Swiss Confederation, Azernews reports.
“Today we set a new stage in connecting businesses from
Azerbaijan and Switzerland. KOBİA co-organized General Assembly of
Swiss-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Geneva. SACCI
will function as bridge among entrepreneurs and implement joint
initiatives with our local companies,” SMBDA's Board Chairman
Orkhan Mammadov tweeted.
Azerbaijani ambassador to Switzerland Fuad Iskandarov, Swiss
ambassador Muriel Peneveyre, SACCI President Claude Haegi, SMBDA
Board Chairman Orkhan Mammadov, Azerbaijan's Export and Investment
Promotion Agency Chief Yusif Abdullayev, SOCAR Trading President
Mariam Almaszada, ISR Holding's Chief Executive Director Rauf
Xalilov addressed the event.
The conference included presentations by SMBDA on SMBs support
mechanisms in Azerbaijan, AZPROMO on the country's investment
potential, and SACCI on the interactive platforms and website of
Additionally, the new composition of the chamber was approved,
the board of directors and new members of the chamber were elected,
and the work to be done within the chamber in the coming period was
Bilateral meetings between Azerbaijan and Swiss companies,
members of SACCI, were also organized.
Swiss-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and
Moreover, within the framework of the visit to Geneva, Orkhan
Mammadov held a meeting with SACCI President Claude Haegi. The
meeting exchanged views on expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan
and Swiss businessmen.
World Intellectual Property Organization
Orkhan Mammadov also held a meeting with the World Intellectual
Property Organization Assistant Director-General Marco Aleman.
The meeting discussed measures to support small and medium-sized
businesses in assessing intellectual property issues to stimulate
United Nations Economic Commission for
As part of the SMBDA delegation's visit to Geneva, the meeting
was held with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Director for Economic Cooperation and Trade Division Elisabeth
The meeting was provided with information on the SMBDA's
activities and the participants exchanged views on issues of
business sustainability, its role in the green economy, innovative
development of SMBs, as well a public-private sector
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established
on January 21, 1992.
Azerbaijan and Switzerland cooperate in various economic
sectors. There is mutually beneficial cooperation between Baku and
Bern in the non-oil sector. In addition, Baku will host a meeting
of the Commission on Trade and Economic relations between
Switzerland and Azerbaijan in 2022.
The trade turnover between the two nations amounted to $457.2m
in 2021, with exports accounting for $272.5m and imports for
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