World Economy and Global Value Chains

An event by the expert group Foreign Trade

After years of globalisation, growth and free trade, international economic actors find themselves in a situation that has never existed before: pandemic, trade restrictions, Brexit, global supply shortages and war make free and efficient international trade and the procurement of goods and services more difficult. 

Small and medium-sized enterprises in Switzerland in particular, which rely on global trade, are facing unprecedented challenges. 

The expert group Foreign Trade takes up this topic and, together with competent speakers and experts from the industry and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, provides information on the current situation. In an exchange with the participants, the aim is to show how Switzerland can master this task as successfully as possible.

The event will be held in German and will take place on 17 May 2022 before the general meeting of Swiss Medtech at the Kursaal Bern. 

Expert group Foreign Trade
17 May 2022

10.30 – 12.30 h

Kursaal Bern, Panorama 7
Kornhausstrasse 3
3013 Bern


10.00 – 10.30 h
Entrance and registration
10.30 – 10.45 h
Welcome and introduction
Moderation: Dirk Reuters and Olaf Nitz
10.45 – 11.05 h
Global economy and international trade today
Presentation by Markus Schlaghof, Ambassador, Delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements
11.05 – 11.25 h
Disruptions in global supply chains
Presentation by Dr. Jan Atteslander, Head of Foreign Trade, Economiesuisse
11.25 – 11.40 h
Through the pandemic thanks to a robust supply chain
Presentation by Damian Arquint, Head of Strategic Procurement, Hamilton Medical AG
11.40 – 11.55 h
Setting up mask production in Switzerland: experiences and findings
Presentation by Felix Schönle, CEO Wernli AG
11.55 – 12.30 h
Moderated panel discussion with audience participation
12.30 – 13.30 h
13.30 – 14.30 h
Annual Meeting expert group Foreign Trade
15.00 h
General Meeting Swiss Medtech


Dirk Reuter
Gröblistrasse 8 
9014 St. Gallen 
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Olaf Nitz
Oberneuhofstrasse 10
6340 Baar
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Bettina Knellwolf

Project Manager


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