Dear Reader,

According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014–2015, Switzerland has the most competitive national economy in the world. This is due to some very good prevailing circumstances. Despite its competitiveness, the Swiss economy still faces significant challenges. These include the strong Swiss franc, which has been accentuated by the lifting of the minimum exchange rate, and constant structural change in the economy.

The Federal Council took account of these economic challenges in its message of 18th February 2015 about location promotion from 2016 to 2019. For example, Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) are being promoted as part of the Confederation’s new regional policy. With the new, multiannual programme, activities concerning regional innovation support are bundled into functional and national economic areas and strategically aligned. This will enable performance of the regional innovation systems to be improved.

In this edition of the newsletter, we would like to present the latest measures by the Canton of Basel-Stadt for promotion and for securing optimum prevailing conditions for the economy. Firstly, we would like to tell you about recently launched initiatives for joint innovation and location promotion for the cantons of Northwestern Switzerland and secondly, we are delighted to be able to present you with the findings and efforts of the Canton of Basel-Stadt for securing suitable economic areas for companies, as well as cantonal objectives for implementing corporate tax reform III. This edition of the newsletter also includes other interesting topics and projects all about the economic hub of Basel, as well as information about events.

The next edition of the AWA-newsletter will appear in spring 2016.

Samuel Hess
Member of the Management Board
Office of Economy and Labour of the Canton of Basel-Stadt

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Joint Innovation and Location Promotion of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura

BaselArea inet China Business Platform

The amalgamation of BaselArea, i-net innovation networks Switzerland and China Business Platform was announced at the end of April 2015. This step brings together under one roof innovation and location promotion for the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura in Northwestern Switzerland.

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Interview with Ulf Grawunder – Founder of NBE Therapeutics

NBE-Therapeutics

Ulf Grawunder founded his second biotechnology company, NBE-Therapeutics, in 2012. NBE Therapeutics develops and produces antibody-based medication, “antibody drug conjugates (ADCs)” for the treatment of cancer. The company is headquartered at Technologiepark Basel.

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High-Tech in the Operating Theatre: i-net and Swiss Innovation Park Northwestern Switzerland Present “Surgery 2.0” at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF)

Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF)

Key players from the newly formed innovation ecosystem of Northwestern Switzerland will be presenting themselves at a joint stand at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF), for the first time.

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Event review: “Investment Opportunities in the Economic Hub of Basel: Trend in Supply and Demand for Commercial Properties Contrasting with the Rest of Switzerland?”

On 15th September 2015, the Canton of Basel-Stadt’s economic development invited companies from the property sector to discuss upcoming challenges and opportunities on the commercial property market, together with representatives from CBRE Switzerland.

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Corporate Tax Reform III: Common Interests of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft

Unternehmenssteuerreform

State councillor Dr. Eva Herzog (BS) and President of the Government Dr. Anton Lauber (BL) presented their conclusions about the message from the Federal Council concerning corporate tax reform III, on 18th August 2015.

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A Word from the Editor: Economic Development is moving

Standortförderung

Economic Development will be moving from Utengasse 36 to Hochstrasse 37 at the end of October 2015.

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LABOUR MARKET

Assessment Skills at AWA

Assessmentkompetenz

The team at the Work Integration Centre (AIZ) at the Office of Economy and Labour (AWA) offers various services for successful reintegration into what is known as the first labour market. One of the core skills is assessment.

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FURTHER TOPICS

Announcement of Basel Sozialpreis 2016

Sozialpreis

The Canton of Basel-Stadt supports integration of disabled persons into the workplace. Every year, the Canton honours one or two companies with the Basel Sozialpreis (Basel Social Award).

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The Swiss Economy Proves to be Robust - Economic Prospects Following the Franc Shock

Schweizer Wirtschaft

The economic cool-down forecast in the wake of the lifting of the minimum exchange rate of 1.20 francs to the Euro has been confirmed. As a result of revaluation of the franc, Switzerland’s economic growth in the 1st six months of 2015 practically came to a standstill.

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EVENTS - OUTLOOK

2. Lift Basel Conference: Connecting innovators in life sciences and information technologies!

Lift Basel Conference

The second Lift Basel Conference will take place in the Markthalle in Basel. Once again, rapidly developing ideas will be openly discussed. Solutions and new channels will be developed by a growing “community” from the technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and economic sectors.

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Basel-Shanghai Business Forum on 5th November 2015

Basel-Shanghai Business Forum

Following last year’s resounding success, the second Basel-Shanghai Business Forum will take place on 5th November 2015. Two notable authorities on China, former ambassadors Blaise Godet and Nicolas Musy from Swiss Center Shanghai will be talking about the most recent economic developments in China.

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SAVE THE DATE: Zurich meets Basel on 6th April 2016

Zürich meets Basel

The “Zürich meets Basel” logistics event brings together representatives from the logistics sector and industry experts and offers the opportunity to exchange ideas about the latest trends in the field of logistics.

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