Letter from our Chairman

Dear Members,
Dear friends,

On July 20, 2017, we signed the Articles of Association and the Constituent General Assembly minutes of the Brazil-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services, affectionately named CHamBR, and located in Geneva, Switzerland. Our main objectives are to encourage bilateral relations and contribute to the development of a healthy and stimulating business environment between the two countries.

Tens of billions of dollars in investment, hundreds of companies and thousands of people have contributed to a vibrant relationship between Brazil and Switzerland over the years.

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of Swiss colonization in Brazil, in the region of Nova Friburgo. This initial migratory flow was followed by growing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties which have led Brazil to be Switzerland’s main partner in Latin America.

Benefiting from synergies between the two cultures, large Swiss and Brazilian companies such as UBS, Credit Suisse, Nestlé, Suzano, Atlas Schindler, Vale, Safra Group, Novartis, Vicunha Group, Roche, Itaú Unibanco, Clariant and XP Investimentos are present in both markets.

Small and medium-sized enterprises also take part in bilateral trade, especially through the import and export of goods and the implementation of manufacturing plants and R&D departments.

In the last fifteen years, institutional relations between Brazil and Switzerland have evolved with the creation of a Joint Commission on Economic and Commercial Relations (2007), and a multiplicity of initiatives aimed at promoting bilateral trade and scientific exchange, with the opening of a Swiss Business Hub in São Paulo and one of the five global subsidiaries of Swissnex in Rio de Janeiro, underscoring the significant work carried out by SWISSCAM, based in São Paulo over the last 65 years.

We are convinced of the favorable conditions and huge potential for business development, which combine the best of both countries.

In order to leverage the attractive business environment in both countries, CHamBR will offer courses, workshops and lectures, participate in fairs, promote business trips and trade rounds, strengthen partnerships and, above all, create opportunities and bridges between people, companies and institutions.

In short, CHamBR realizes the dream of its founding members in creating a space for dialogue and a point of reference for all those who, through their businesses, wish to strengthen their ties and combine forces between the two countries.

Thank you!

Pedro da Silva Neves