President Obama and Secretary Kerry Cite Swiss Companies, Investors
The Swiss Delegation to the just-concluded SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. was the largest delegation in attendance on a per capita basis, as well as one of the most prominent. Acknowledging Switzerland’s impressive showing at the Summit, both President Obama and Secretary Kerry mentioned Swiss companies and investors in their keynote addresses, highlighting Swiss standouts like Novartis, Nestlé, Bühler, Alevo and Reha Technology as examples of companies successfully investing in the United States.
Led by U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Suzan LeVine, the Swiss delegation to the SelectUSA Summit included over 40 companies from throughout Switzerland, representing a diverse range of Swiss industry. While at the Summit, a number of Swiss delegates were also selected to speak on a several high-level panels, covering a diverse range of topics such as “investing in the U.S. as an entrepreneur” and “Swiss-style apprenticeship programs in the United States.”
“The Swiss delegation, with its diverse representation, added an important perspective to the Summit,” said U.S. Ambassador Suzi LeVine. “Swiss-based investment in the U.S. is huge and growing, a sign not only of the strength of U.S-Swiss relations, but also of the incredible opportunities expansion into U.S. markets offers for companies of all sizes.”
In addition to Novartis, Nestlé, Bühler, Alevo and Reha , the Swiss delegation included representatives from CTI Invest, Helsinn Healthcare SA, Holcim Group Services Ltd., Lindt & Sprüngli AG, the Mikron Corporation, StadlerRail, Switzerland Global Enterprise, and the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce among many others.
While the 2015 Summit has concluded, “Select USA’s” cost free services remain available to Swiss businesses interested in investing in the United States year around — companies interested in learning more about opportunities to invest in the U.S. should contact the U.S. Embassy in Bern.
Housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce, SelectUSA promotes and facilitates business investment into the United States by coordinating related federal government agencies to serve as a single point of contact for investors. SelectUSA assists U.S. economic development organizations to compete globally for investment by providing information, a platform for international marketing, and high-level advocacy. SelectUSA also helps investors find the information they need to make decisions; connect to the right people at the local level; navigate the federal regulatory system; and find solutions to issues related to the federal government. For more information, visit www.selectusa.gov.