Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Members of the SBC-L,
One of the main tasks of the Embassy of Switzerland in Beirut is to foster the excellent and multifaceted relations between Lebanon and Switzerland. An important part of the relations are our economic and trade relations. Many Swiss companies have long-standing presences in Lebanon and are important actors in the local economy.
The SBC-L plays an important role in bringing these companies together. This role becomes even more important in light of the current challenges that the country, its business sector and its people are facing. One of Switzerland’s foreign policy objectives in Lebanon is to engage with Swiss companies in Lebanon to improve the economic environment. The Swiss Embassy stands ready to continue its close collaboration with the SBC-L in order to support its members to navigate the current stormy waters.
For 11 years in a row, Switzerland has topped the World Economic Forum rankings as the most innovative economy. No doubt that the innovative spirit of the private sector greatly contributes to Switzerland’s top ranking. I am convinced that the new dynamic team leading the SBC-L will manage to reanimate the Council into a platform where innovative minds meet, ideas are exchanged and solutions are found to the benefit of Swiss-Lebanese economic and trade relations.
Lebanon and Switzerland are united by shared characteristics as well as by the warm relationships between our nationals. Relations between states are based, first and foremost, on connections between people. In this spirit, I am pleased to be in close exchange with you during my term in Lebanon.
I thank you all for your valuable support to our excellent bilateral relations and look forward to our future collaboration.
Dr Marion Weichelt - Ambassador