Gulf nations set to present at the IMD in Lausanne

09 January 2024 11:37

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Lausanne - The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which brings together member states from the Middle East, will be represented at the GCC-Swiss Forum 2024 from April 16 to 18 at the IMD in Lausanne. Topics on the agenda include investment opportunities, innovation, the environment, energy and tourism.

The GCC-Swiss Forum 2024 is set to take place at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne from April 16 to 18. According to the announcement, the following issues will be discussed by four panels at the summit between member states of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Swiss companies and organizations on Wednesday, April 17: investment opportunities, innovation, the environment, renewable energies and tourism. The finance and fintech panel, as well as one dedicated to healthtech, are set to follow on the Thursday.

The event is being jointly organized by the Gulf Research Center (GRC) and the IMD. The GRC, which can be seen as a thinktank for matters related to the Middle East and Gulf Region, was founded in the year 2000 and is headquartered in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

The member states of the GCC and European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member, established formal relations in May 2000, according to background information provided in the press release. On June 22, 2009, the EFTA and GCC member states signed a free trade agreement.

“Over the last decade the Gulf countries have demonstrated their potential as significant players in the international business arena, while Switzerland is recognized and admired worldwide for its expertise in finance, technology, pharmaceuticals and other sectors”, as Jean-François Manzoni, President of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), explains in his message included in the event brochure.  

The GCC-Swiss Forum 2024 is intended to serve as a platform to further strengthen existing strategic and vibrant relationships between the two sides. The aim of the forum is to explore areas for possible collaboration and establish a network for joint projects. ce/gba

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