From April 29 to May 3, 2017, a large delegation from Ticino (25 people) attended the first business mission to Iran organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicrafts and Services of Canton Ticino (Cc-Ti) and the Lugano Commodity Trading Association (LCTA), in close collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). Leading the delegation – Michele Rossi (Cc-Ti), Marco Passalia (Cc-Ti/LCTA) and Monica Zurfluh (S-GE).
The participants, representatives of various sectors (banking, fiduciary, commodity trading, energy, automotive, construction,…), have followed an intense program, which was aimed at providing companies with an overview on the Iranian market through seminars and institutional meetings, and, at the same time, to provide concrete contacts with potential partners through the organization of B2B meetings.
Highlights of the program were the official meetings with the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Switzerland, Mr. Stéphane Rey, who provided an extremely detailed briefing on the current situation in Iran, and the meeting at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture. Marco Passalia, Deputy Director of the Cc-Ti, and some members of the delegation met Mr. Pedram Soltani, Vice-President of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce. During the fruitful meeting, the importance of the progress of the economic relations between Switzerland and Iran was highlighted and some areas where there is great potential for the development of synergies were identified, especially in the field of pharma and life sciences, in the commodity trading and fashion.