Economic relations between Switzerland and the Arab world are longstanding and extend beyond the areas of banking and investment to include trade, tourism and other sectors of economic activity. But the nature and structure of these relations is changing noticeably for many reasons that primarily include developments in international banking laws and regulations; the changing needs and requirements of Arab investors and banking customers; the 2008-2009 global financial crisis and its impact on banks and private investors; the continuing economic crisis in Europe and the unique position of Switzerland as being part of Europe but removed from the problems facing the EU, and lastly the historic developments that have been sweeping the Arab world for nearly two years now, and their political and economic impact on the region.
Amongst the key discussions of the forum’s proceedings is the future of banking and financial relations between Switzerland and the Arab world, the role of Geneva as a center for Arab wealth management from the perspective of the changing international banking and financial environment, and how these relations can be developed and managed to the best advantage of both parties.
Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group
in cooperation with Geneva Financial Center and the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CASCI)
Grand Hotel Kempinski, Genève