Fact-Finding Mission
Swiss Business Delegation to Sikkim and Assam

Swiss Business Delegation to Sikkim and Assam

The Embassy of Switzerland in India, in collaboration with the Swiss Business Hub India and the Swiss Development Cooperation, is pleased to announce a business mission of Swiss and Liechtenstein companies to the North Eastern States of Sikkim and Assam from 13 to 17 February 2023. As India and Switzerland commemorate 75 years of diplomatic relations in 2023, it is befitting that we organize this business mission, especially in light of Prime Minister Modi's Act East policy, the core of which is the North Eastern region. 
 

This business mission will be led by Dr. Ralf Heckner, Ambassador of Switzerland to India, and the primary goal will be to raise awareness about the business opportunities for Swiss companies in the region, as well as to highlight Swiss companies' strong competencies in providing technology and solutions to the region’s most pressing concerns such as climate resilience, sustainable infrastructure, and equitable healthcare.

During this trip, the delegation will visit the cities of Gangtok and Guwahati, with a brief stay in Kolkata. With the aim of providing delegates with well-grounded insights into upcoming prospects and key priority areas, we plan to organize high level meetings with government representatives and officials as well as with private sector stakeholders. Furthermore, we will organise tailor made meetings as per the interests of companies joining the mission.

Intro

Information

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Target audience This trip is intended for Swiss and Liechtenstein companies interested in exploring business opportunities in India’s North Eastern states.
Organizer S-GE and Swiss Business Hub India
Event language

English

Place

Sikkim
India

Cost of participating S-GE Gold member CHF 750.00, Silver Member CHF 850.00, Non Member CH 950.00
Registration deadline

Who should join this mission?

This trip is intended for Swiss and Liechtenstein companies interested in exploring business opportunities in India’s North Eastern states. Swiss companies with operations in other Indian states, and the wider region, who need to develop and enhance their network in the North East stand to benefit from this mission. Although this Mission is not targeted at any one industry, Swiss companies in the following areas of business will find it particularly fruitful:

  • Cleantech: renewable energy, waste to energy
  • Climate resilience and disaster risk management including risk mitigation when it comes to landslides, rock fall and floods
  • Infra and connectivity: companies with expertise in ropeways, tunnelling, railways and logistics
  • Healthcare: pharma and medtech
  • Agriculture: certification, sourcing of agri products and FMCG products
  • Machine tool companies

About Sikkim
Sikkim shares its borders with Nepal, Bhutan and China. The State known for the 2nd highest per capita income in the country, also holds the distinction of the being a 100% organic state, and enjoys a rich variety of flora, fauna and glacier lakes owing to its climatic conditions. 
Government of Sikkim 

About Assam
Assam shares its borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan, and is popularly referred to as the gateway to Northeast India. Rich in biodiversity and known the world over for its tea, the State has the largest economy in the North Eastern region.
Government of Assam

Program

Indicative Program

Monday, 13th February – Arrival in Gangtok
Morning/ Afternoon

Evening
• Domestic flight to Bagdogra (West Bengal/ Gateway to Sikkim)

  • Proposed flights:
    o From Delhi: 07:20am – 9:30am with IndiGo
    o From Mumbai: 08:10am – 10:55am with IndiGo
  • Travel by car from Bagdogra to Gangtok (capital of Sikkim); 4h30min
  • Check-into Hotel in Gangtok
  • Acclimatization, internal briefing and dinner in Gangtok

Tuesday, 14th February - Gangtok
Morning/ Afternoon

  • Indicative list of meetings, such as; 
    o Department of Commerce & Industries 
    o Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority
    o Health and Family Welfare Department 
    o Information Technology Department 
    o Sikkim Chamber of Commerce
    o Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology
  • Scheduling of tailor made 1:1 meetings

Evening

  • Site seeing followed by dinner

Wednesday, 15th February – Kolkata
Morning/Afternoon

  • Check-out of hotel at 6.30 am (with packed breakfast)
  • Departure for Bagdogra Airport (4h30min by road)
  • Flight from Bagdogra to Kolkata
  • Proposed flight to Kolkata: Indigo 02.20 pm – 3.35 pm
  • Check-into Hotel in Kolkata 

Evening

  • Dinner with Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Kolkata, Mr. Umesh Chaudhary, and representatives of Swiss and Indian business community 

Thursday, 16th February - Guwahati
Morning 

Afternoon

  • Flight from Kolkata to Guwahati 
  • Proposed flight: GoFirst 09:20am – 10:35am 
  • Check-into hotel in Guwahati 
  • Indicative list of meetings, such as; 
    o Department of Industries & Commerce 
    o Assam Disaster Management Authority
    o Health & Family Welfare Department
    o Assam Chamber of Commerce 
  • Scheduling of tailor made 1:1 meetings

Evening

  • Site seeing followed by Dinner

Friday, 17th February 2023 – Departure from Guwahati
Morning 

  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • Meetings in Guwahati

Proposed options for return flight from Guwahati
o To Delhi at 12:30pm with Vistara 
o To Mumbai at 16:20 with IndiGo

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