“Wealth, Job, Welfare Creation And Social Dialogue In Armenia: Learning From The Swiss Experience”.

The objective is to provide some networking, capacity building and access to new markets opportunities for Armenian entrepreneurs through an exchange of good practices and experiences with key Swiss economic actors.
The event aims to build on the Swiss experience marked by the role of very productive and competitive SMEs, including in the SSE, in the economic success and welfare of Switzerland.


Blaise Matthey, Director-General of the Federation of French Swiss Enterprises Emmanuel

Julien, Deputy Director of the Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization

Christophe Dunand, Chairman of Realise, Lecturer Geneva Business School

Sandrine Meyer Chanson, Chairwoman of Comptabilis

Samuel Chenal, Member of the board of Itopie cooperative ​

Free but mandatory registration​


Time  18th OCTOBER
9:00 -9:30 Registration & welcoming coffee
9:30 – 10.30


Official welcoming speech by Gagik Makarian, Chair of the Armenian Employers organization and Astrig Marandjian, Chair of the Miassine Foundation

Opening speech by Blaise Matthey, DG of the Fédération des Entreprises Romandes, Switzerland

Opening speech by​ Artem Assatryan, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs​

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 -12:45 Wealth, job and welfare creation: The contribution from the social and solidarity economy

Chair: Blaise Matthey, DG of the Fédération des Entreprises Romandes

Social enterprise, vocational training and access to labor market: Lessons learnt from Réalise, Switzerland, Christophe Dunand, Chairman of  Réalise

Promoting cooperatives for rural development, Hakob Andreasyan, Chairman of ACBA Credit Armenia


12.45-14:00 Lunch
14.00-16.15 Social and solidarity economy: New opportunities for young entrepreneurs

Chair: Gagik Makarian, Chairman of the Armenian Employers organization

Young entrepreneurs and the social economy: The case of IT cooperative Itopie, Samuel Chenal, Chairman of Itopie cooperative, Switzerland

Skilled workers and the social economy: Training through practice accountants, Sandrine Meyer Chanson, Chairwoman of Comptabilis, Switzerland

Facilitating School to work transition for vulnerable young people: Astrig Marandjian, Chair of the Miassine Foundation, Armenia


16:15-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-17.00 Concluding remarks: Ways forward for the social economy in Armenia

Emmanuel Julien, ILO, Geneva

17.​0​0-18:30 Cocktail​
Time 19th October
9:00 -9:15 Registration
9:15 – 9:45
Welcoming and Opening Speeches: Gagik Makarian and Blaise Matthey
9:45-11.00 Round tables with high level panelists
Coffee Break
Report of the round tables and debate
12:30 -14:00 Lunch
14:00 –17:00

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