Message by Mr. Philippe Crevoisier, The Consul General of
It is my great pleasure to be part of this month’s special
edition of Pakistan Textile Journal, on Switzerland!
Several big and emerging companies from my country are
important and trusted business partners of global clients in the
textile industry. And I am happy to notice that many of these
Swiss companies are successfully working with their Pakistani
clients for the past many years.
Beyond the foregoing, it merits to mention that Switzerland
and Pakistan enjoy long-cherished positive bilateral
relationship. Over the years this level of cooperation has
increased significantly, which is the reason why Switzerland has
been among the top five largest investors. In the last decade,
Swiss investment in Pakistan has exceeded CHF 1.5 Billion.
At present, 21 Swiss companies are directly present in
Pakistan and over 80 are represented by local agents. Many of
these firms are working in the textile sector and fields related
to it. I heartily report that Swiss-Pak bilateral trade volume
during 2016 increased by 15% (total CHF 481.42 Million) thanks
mainly to Swiss chemicals and pharmaceuticals exports which rose
by 28% and 20% respectively.
Pakistan exported textile goods to Switzerland (although not
a member of the European Union) worth CHF 84.47 Million, which
is all time high.
With great interest, I would also like to share that the
Swiss companies present in the Pakistani market are successfully
operating and have long-term plans for further investments. What
is very promising is that Swiss SMEs are also exploring avenues
to enter the Pakistani market in the areas of agro-foods,
renewable energy, and infrastructure.