Promoting Indo-Swiss Trade in Biotech and Cleantech

On Thursday the 10th of January the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIG), the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI) and the Swiss-India Business Forum (SIBF) in partnership with Bioalps organized an information evening for Swiss companies interested in being part of an economic mission to visit India from 3rd to 10th March 2013. In keeping with current trends, the focus of the visit will be to explore potential Indo-Swiss collaboration, primarily in the Biotech and Cleantech sectors.

Beat Ineichan (photo, right), Senior Consultant India, Osec got the ball rolling with an excellent economic overview of India and made some important points : Switzerland is India’s 3rd largest trading partner after China and the United States; 250 Swiss companies are currently present in India; and 50% of all Indians will be under the age of 30 in 2013, the so called ‘demographic dividend’ which some observers refer to as the ‘youth bomb’, describing the potential consequences if the Government is unable to provide suitable education, infrastructure and jobs.

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Source: Geneva Business News, 15.01.2013

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