Mr. Didier Boschung, Consul General of Switzerland in Guangzhou
As the Swiss Consulate based in Guangzhou celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, the Swiss Consul General looks forward to future expansion of his country’s relationship with China. Asked if he believed that Guangdong plays an important role in building a stronger links between Switzerland and China, Mr Boschung agreed with confidence.
As China’s economic powerhouse by GDP, as well as its most populous province, the Consul General believes Guangdong to be a hotspot for Swiss business. He recognises the region’s importance to Switzerland and as such is keen to promote present and future interests in the region.
In the context of the One Belt One Road Initiative, Switzerland, is already cooperating with China on many fields. Mr. Didier Boschung believes that “this initiative is a good platform to promote our Switzerland relationship with China even more.”
When asked about what trends the Consul General saw developing in Southern China, he remarked that as labor-rates and real estate prices are getting higher, some foreign companies have begun to move out of the Guangdong area while “Swiss companies are quite content to stay here Guangdong.” He says while the rising prices will certainly be a challenge in the future, there are still many incentives for companies to come to the area and set up there. With these incentives in place, Swiss companies won’t be leaving anytime soon.
As 2017 continues on, so does the Chinese-Swiss Tourism Year. Mr. Didier Boschung and his Consulate General’s teamhave been working hard at promoting Switzerland to the Chinese people. The Consulate General has set up some meetings with travel agencies for the Director General of the Tourism Bureau of Guangdong, who will soon be going to visit Switzerland. Mr. Didier Boschung hopes to begin bringing more “individual tourists and couples and families.”,as smaller groups will help Chinese tourists to better experience Switzerland.
Several state visits have already been made by each country’s president and with Chinese president Xi Jinping bestowing Switzerland the honor of China’s longest single state visit, the Sino-Swiss relationship is well established. As the Swiss Consul General says, “We are reaching such a good relationship level with China that it is difficult to improve any more, but we are trying our best.” The future certainly looks promising.