Swiss-Armenian Business Day 2017



Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Armenia Marriott Hotel, Tigran Mets Ballroom
The conference languages are Armenian and English, with simultaneous translation


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10:30 – 11:00 Registration and welcome coffee
11:00 – 11:15  Opening

Introduction – Switzerland and Armenia: two economies at work

Lukas Gasser – Ambassador of Switzerland in Armenia

 11:15 – 11:45  Overview of economic relations between Armenia and Switzerland

Garegin Melkonyan – First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investment of the Republic of Armenia

The Reforms Path of the Government of Armenia

Alexandr Khachaturyan – Head of Center for Strategic Initiatives of Armenia

 11:45 – 12:10  Chamber of Commerce Switzerland Armenia (SACOC)

Mike Baronian – SACOC mission, membership benefits and terms

Armenian Swiss Business Development Association (ASBDA)

Gevorg Machanyan – ASBDA mission and benefits

 12:10 – 12:30  Revealing the existing problems that the companies are facing in Armenian market and finding solutions

Diana Sarumova – Executive Director of European Business Association (EBA)

  • issues relevant to business community,
  • current activities and platforms for elimination of problems,
  • PPD (Public Private Dialog Platform) development in Armenia, the way businesses can better use those platforms,
  • success stories on Legal changes as well as for attracting investment to Armenia
12:30 – 14:00  Networking and Lunch break
 14:00 – 15:00  Introduction of the new project of DFA for raising the awareness of
GSP/GSP+ of different countries where Swiss GSP among them,
practical information, GSP documentation
Hayk Mirzoyan (TBC) – Development Foundation of Armenia
Head of Aftercare DepartmentServices provided by the Export insurance agency of Armenia and
the main directions of cooperation with Swiss companies facilities
available for Armenian exportersArmen Shahnazaryan – Export Insurance Agency of Armenia /
Executive director
15:00 – 15:45 Testimonial session 1: Successful initiatives and business cases
connecting Switzerland and Armenia – Panel discussionArman Aleksanian – Blockchain R&D Hub (IT, R&D)
Mike Baronian – AZAD Pharma (pharma, R&D)
Ara Khurshudian – Switzerland-Tour (tourism)
Gevorg Machanyan – Swiss diaspora investment projects in Armenia
Avet Manukian – Sylex SARL (IT)
Naira Margaryan – Oriflame Cosmetics Armenia (multinational)
Jakob Schuler – Schuler St. JakobsKellerei 1694 (winemaking)
Christoph Speck – Coca-Cola HBC Armenia (multinational)
 15:45 – 16:00 Closing remarks

Lukas Gasser – Ambassador of Switzerland to Armenia

1 In “Davos Format” – each speaker makes a 5 minutes presentation which will be followed by a discussion with the audience at the end of the panel in order to foster an open debate and lively interaction.