Despite the precarious situation in the geopolitical arena, businesses in Switzerland and other European countries have a positive trade balance with Russia. Swiss exports to the Russian Federation have reached 80% of their pre-crisis level and many European companies are showing increased activity in the Russian market. The upgrade in Russia’s sovereign credit rating by international rating agencies testifies to the stability of the Russian economy. How can the development of bilateral trade and mutual investments be accelerated? What business models are most suited to expand mutually beneficial cooperation? What are the most effective strategies for ensuring successful business relationships in the current environment? What are the expectations of leading businesses in both countries regarding future economic cooperation? What are the prospects for cooperation in new areas such as digital technology?
Frank Schauff, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses
Peter Voser, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ABB Ltd
Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Director, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Eugene Kaspersky, Chief Executive Officer, Kaspersky Lab
Alexey Moskov, Chief Executive Officer, Witel AG
Petter Ostbo, Chief Executive Officer, EuroChem Group AG
Stefan Oliver Reutter, Managing Director, Regional Vice Chairman, UBS Switzerland AG
Roland Fischer, Chief Executive Officer, OC Oerlikon Management AG
Front row participants
Maxim Goncharov, Chief Executive Officer, LafargeHolcim Russia
Stuart Max Merrifield, Managing Director, Novartis Pharma LLC
Martial Rolland, Chief Executive Officer in Russia and Eurasia, Nestlé S.A.