The Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Peru was founded on 24th September 1979 to foster and promote trade between Peru and Switzerland. It represents the interests of local and Swiss entrepreneurs at an export and import level. Its mission is to foster and promote the free trade system encouraging investment and trade in a framework of social responsibility values and commercial ethics.
Thanks to its stability and quality of service, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Peru has established itself as a reference for companies which are looking for business opportunities between both countries. It plays an important role as a Business Match-Maker for its Members which have the chance to make new contacts and promote their projects, products and services directly between the member firms and the Chamber´s international network of contacts.
Currently the Swiss Chamber of Commerce has a membership of over 200 Swiss and Peruvian companies. It belongs to SWISSCHAM (the Union of Swiss Chambers of Commerce) which has over 51 members worldwide. In Peru it belongs to ACCB – the Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce.
The Chamber represents S-GE (Switzerland Global Enterprise) and, since 1999, it has also represented SIPPO – Swiss Import Promotion Programme – created to encourage Peruvian exports to Switzerland and to the European Union. It also gives advisory services including trade information, market studies, trade partner searches, legal advice, translations, publications, a labor exchange, arrangement of events, business round tables, among others.
PROGRAMAS REPRESENTADOS POR LA CÁMARA
SWITZERLAND GLOBAL ENTERPRISE (S-GE)
Since May 2013, the Business Network Switzerland (OSEC) modified its corporate name to Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), maintaining its support to Swiss and Liechtenstein enterprises to develop and expand to international markets.
S-GE provides a wide variety of services of support to the foreign exchange, from consultations and advice to conducting market research and trade missions, with the goal of promoting the different opportunities in the international market for Swiss companies.
The Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Peru has a very important role as a S-GE representative in our country, which is finding ever increasing attention from Swiss entrepreneurs. The growth and strength of the economy and the development of sectors such as infrastructure, trade, industry, among others, are some of the factors that have turned our country in a target market for Swiss SME’s.
During the year 2013, The Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Peru has responded to different inquiries, elaborating market studies (Market Check and Business Contact) and organizing trade missions for Swiss enterprises interested in entering to the Peruvian market.
SIPPO – SWISS IMPORT PROMOTION PROGRAMME
This is a Swiss programme sponsored by the Swiss government to assist both, small and medium businesses in developing countries to place their products on the Swiss and European Union markets and also Swiss importers to find new product suppliers and markets.
SIPPO was created in 1982 under the auspices of the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs in Switzerland. Its aim was to reduce poverty and strengthen civil society in the emerging and transition markets through economic growth. In the current economic context Peru is considered a priority country for these activities.
The programme has five chief objectives:
– To increase the competitiveness of small and medium businesses in the selected countries.
– To formulate production and export strategies.
– To integrate trade entities and business associations while promoting trade.
– To raise the quality of the contacts between small and medium businesses and Swiss and European import companies.
– To provide information for Swiss and European importers about new products.
In the last ten years SIPPO has supported Peruvian companies in accessing market match-making, accompanying them at fairs and providing personal training and consultancy. The Alpaca – Pyma and Jewelry programme has considerable presence in Peru.
SIPPO is also well-informed about the natural ingredients sector for foodstuffs, cosmetics and the pharmaceutical industry and has developed a sustainable system for the consumption of wild natural ingredients and a Fair Wild standard for organic certification. The tourism sector works closely with APTAE, the Peruvian Ecotourism Association, for training in the use of good practice and market access.