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International growth – between globalization and protectionism

Today's global economy offers SMEs more growth opportunities than ever before. Exporters in some countries will have to act sooner or later in order to position themselves for the future. Digital technologies continue to drive globalization. But at the same time, the acceptance of free trade is decreasing and more and more market barriers are emerging in the world. How can Swiss SMEs bring into balance?

Thanks to Switzerland's active free trade policy, today’s SMEs can benefit from a broad network of trade agreements. In addition to the EFTA Convention and the agreement with the EU, Switzerland has an additional 28 free trade agreements with a total of 38 partner countries including China and Japan. Further agreements, for example with India or Indonesia, are under negotiation. Free trade agreements grant exporters access to larger sales markets and greater legal certainty. But you have to learn how to use them.

In addition, the Global Trade Alert by University of St. Gallen economist Simon Evenett shows that more than 1000 trade barriers were introduced worldwide since 2009. A trend towards more tariff and non-tariff-based trade barriers can be observed.

How can Swiss SMEs position themselves in the markets of the future and grow internationally while successfully managing increasingly complex customs regulations, barriers to entry and trade hurdles? Switzerland Global Enterprise provides you with specific information, the consultation you need and a worldwide network.

International growth between globalization and protectionism

This is also our topic at the Forum for Swiss Foreign Trade on April 26, 2018 at Messe Zurich. Follow exciting lectures, take part in discussions and expand your network. The keynote speaker will be Christiane Leister. Small executive talks also offer you the chance to talk to CEOs such as Tobias Gerfin from Kuhn Rikon on an equal footing.

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