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CCI France Russie "Delegation to Samara and Togliatty" - 4 days mission to Samara, focus for automotive suppliers and subcontractors
November 29, 2017 - Samara, Russia

The CCI France Russie is organizing a targeted and comprehensive program for its participants, providing them with a complete overview of the region and great opportunities to understand its advantages and attractiveness from 29th of November 2017 until 1st of December 2017.


Program of the delegation:


✓ Economic and political presentation of the region prepared by the experts of the Franco-Russian center Observo


✓ Appointments with local authorities: regional governors, local ministers, mayors.


✓Visit to plants and industrial zones. Meetings with top-management of major local companies


✓Individual “B2B” Business meetings


✓Networking cocktail/lunch/business dinner with local business community


✓Individual support during the  mission


Discovery of the region of Samara and its most dynamic sectors:


Automobile industry in numbers:


Russian car market growth: + 9.6% compared to 2016 (647,000 vehicles sold)


420 900 vehicles produced by Avtovaz in 2017 (increase by 3.8%), representing 70% of the total production in Russia


Growth prospects for 2018:  9%


Since January 1, 2015, the Renault Nissan Avtovaz alliance has set up its own purchasing system called ARNPO (Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization).


With ARNPO Samara’s plant has a unique purchasing policy. If subcontractors can work with any other factory in the world via France it is impossible to become a supplier of Avtovaz without passing ARNPO.


During the delegation of the Franco-Russian ICC, the purchasing department and the technical department of Avtovaz will explain the functioning and the specificities of the ARNPO system. They will also present the group's new projects and future launches. Participants will be provided with information about components and technologies that Russian local  suppliers are not in position to provide.


An opening session before the delegation at Moscow office of Franco- Russian ICC is aimed to  give a comprehensive review of the Russian political situation, economy and current state of the car market.


For further information, please contact key accounts managers:


Guillaume Housse


+7 (916) 099 34 23


Polina Ustinova


+7 (916) 099 35 11

Target audience
Event location
Samara, Ulyanovsk
Conference « Doing Business with Russia » about entering the Russian market: shift from export to local production. Is “Russian made” realistic for Swiss SME?
October 6, 2017 - Neuchâtel, Switzerland

After two years of economic crisis, the Russian economy is back to growth and Russia is expected to become the 7th largest market in the world by 2030.

This being said, many changes have had a profound impact in terms of market access for Swiss SME. Since 2014, the Russian government has been actively stimulating its industry by setting strong incentives for local production/assembling activities (import substitution program among other things) while progressively implementing protectionist measures against foreign companies.

This trend is likely to continue and Swiss SMEs are faced with a tough choice: either localize part of their activities or lose the market to their competitors. In this context, is it realistic for a Swiss manufacturing SME to shift from export to local production?

An experienced panel of experts will answer this question based on a pragmatic structure: from a global economic and industrial perspective of Russia down to concrete case-studies of Swiss companies successfully operating in this market. 

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Target audience
  • Manufacturing companies;
  • Entrepreneurs and investors oriented towards industrial activities and innovative technologies;
  • Consulting companies. 
Event location

HEG - Haute école de gestion Arc

Neuchâtel Business School Arc Campus Arc 1

Espace de l’Europe 21,

2000 Neuchâtel 

Swiss-russian intellectual property rights seminar
September 15, 2017 - Samara, Russia


14.30 – 15.00 Christophe Saam, CEO of P&TS will talk about the European and Swiss best practices of the protection of intellectual property rights and will also describe how P&TS helps the start-ups and corporations to protect their intellectual properties.


15.00 – 15.30 Zalina Plieva, manager of the intellectual property rights from lawyers’ bureau RBL will discuss the specificities of the Russian jurisdiction in the sphere of intellectual property rights and patents registration.


15.30 – 16.00 An open discussion will take place with the start-ups about the potential problems, plans and challenges that a start-up could face with regards to the protection of intellectual property rights.


16.00 – 16.30 Group case study analysis with 2-3 leading technological companies.


The event is absolutely free of charge.



Christophe Saam

СEO of P&TS EPFL Engineer (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Swiss Patent Attorney and European Judge at the Swiss Federal Patent Court Christophe Saam obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering at the EPFL in 1990. Following a post as Development Engineer for a start-up in the field of photolithography, Christophe Saam worked for four years as an examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Berlin.


Zalina Plieva

Manager of intellectual property rights of the lawyers’ bureau RBL.

Target audience

Start-ups, innovative companies, representatives from the R&D centers, business incubators and technological parks from the Samara Region.

Event location
Co-working Yellow Rockets, Novo-sadovaya 23, Samara, Russia
Inauguration of our new office in Samara
September 14, 2017 - Samara City, Russia

This event is an important milestone in the development of Swiss Center Samara and an excellent news for Swiss SME eager to enter the Russian market and its industrial regions:

Starting this summer, Swiss Center Samara will establish its representative office, «OOO Центр Свисам» in the heart of a brand new co-working center, thus strengthening its offer and foothold in the region. Supported by the regional government and operated by one of its regional partners for innovation, this center will spread over a surface of 350 sqm with multiple office solutions. In addition to Swiss Center Samara, the premises will host a fund of Venture Capital become the hot spot for entrepreneurs and regional startups.

The inauguration of the Swiss Center Samara will gather over 50 representatives from both regions and countries, including officials from the Canton of Neuchâtel and Samara Region as well as Swiss and Russian businesses. 

Internationalisation of Samara's Business
August 17, 2017 - Samara City, Russia

Swiss Center Samara, together with the Club of Directors of Samara Region, invites you to take part to the open session of the investment committee of the Club of Directors, which will discuss the following topic : « Internationalization of Samara businesses ».


Recently, the Swiss Business Hub in Moscow gave authority to the Swiss Center in Samara to establish contacts with Russian companies interested in the internationalization of their business. Thanks to changes in the economy over the past three years, Russian companies have raised their competitiveness and present significant export potential.


The program will answer the following questions:


1) Why Switzerland?


2) Why should Samara business consider internationalization?


3) Who needs companies from Samara in the West?


Internationalizing its products and solutions can and should be considered as a serious competitive advantage. Not only is it an opportunity of growth, it also gives access to new competencies and networks and helps diversify risks related to business development. 


The topic will be discussed through presentations and an open dialog with the interested companies. One-on-one sessions will be conducted with candidates to evaluate their internationalization potential. discuss their projects and the best approaches.


For further information, please download the full program (Russian) or get in touch with the coordinator and moderator :


Larionov Anton Valerievich,


Managing Director of the Samara representative of JSC "FINAM",


Community of Business Angels «Samara Investment Park»


Tel: +7 (846) 979 11 99



Event location

17 august 2017 at 14:00

Samara, Molodogvardeyskaya streer 172, office Finam