SwissCham Gala 2023 : Media Coverage by

The recent Gala Dinner of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore highlighted the commendable green initiatives and achievements of SwissCham members.

The Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore (SwissCham) hosted its annual Gala Dinner, themed «Mystère», at the iconic Capitol Theater@Kempinski a week ago.

The event was honored by the presence of distinguished guests, including Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB Singapore), H.E. Frank Grütter, the Swiss Ambassador, and SwissCham Chair Julie Raneda.

Fully Plant-Based Gala Menu

The gathering also brought together over 300 top-level Swiss executives based in Singapore. In alignment with the Swiss business community's dedication to sustainability and net-zero initiatives, the evening's culinary offerings featured a groundbreaking, fully plant-based gala menu.

Companies such as Mercuria, ABB, Swiss Airlines, and SPS Global have demonstrated leadership in promoting sustainability and creating a green economy. Their efforts contribute significantly to reducing carbon footprints, adopting renewable energy sources, and implementing eco-friendly practices.


Historical Capitol Theater

The Gala was hosted at the historical Capitol Theater that stars like Charlie ChaplinAva Gardner and Mary Pickford once visited to promote their films. Addressing members and guests, recently elected SwissCham Chair Julie Raneda introduced the gala's theme «Mystère»: «We gather in this theater to celebrate the enigmatic, the mysterious, and the extraordinary. It's a theme that evokes a sense of wonder and the unknown.»

SwissCham Chair also emphasized three key objectives that Switzerland and Singapore share, namely excellence, innovation, and sustainability. SwissCham, and the Swiss business community in Singapore more generally, promote the same and contribute to the economic developments of Singapore and the region...

SwissCham Chair then invited on stage the Guest of Honor of the gala, Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of Singapore Economic Development Board.


More Top Universities Than Any Other Country

Swiss Ambassador H.E. Frank Grütter spoke about Switzerland having more top-200 universities per capita than any other country in the world. This includes the presence of four Swiss universities in Singapore, making the city-state the only foreign country in the world with four Swiss universities’ campuses. Economic liberalism, good education, trust, and honesty give us a partial answer to why Switzerland and Singapore both are so successful.


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