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Diplomatic Dialogue: A meeting with Urs Brönnimann, Consul General of Switzerland

March 29 at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join ACIR for a Diplomatic Dialogue reception with Urs Brönnimann, Consul General of Switzerland in Atlanta. After an hour of networking, Consul General Brönnimann will discuss the work of the Swiss Consulate, his experiences during his career postings and his observations on global affairs with Mark Pierson, ACIR’s Director of Diplomatic Outreach and Strategic Development. The reception attendees (limited to 30) will then have the opportunity to ask the Consul General questions. Remarks are strictly off-the-record and not recorded.

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30363

About Consul General Urs Brönnimann:

Consul General Urs Brönnimann arrived in Atlanta in July 2022. His jurisdiction as the Consul General in Atlanta includes the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the Cayman Islands.

Prior to joining the Swiss Federal Government, he worked in the Cantonal Administration of Berne. He joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1982 and worked as a Consular Officer in France and Peru. He later held positions as Head of Chancery at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago, IL and at the Embassies of Switzerland in Cuba, Ireland and Bolivia.

He was then appointed Head of the Commercial Service at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington D.C. and subsequently as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Costa Rica and Hungary, before being appointed Consul General of Switzerland in São Paulo, Brazil.

Urs Brönnimann speaks German, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. He is married to Katrin Brönnimann-von Grünigen and has two sons.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Switzerland is a member of the European Free Trade Association, whose countries are significant markets for U.S. exporters and investors. The two countries have a long history of cooperation both bilaterally and within the World Trade Organization. The United States is one of the top destinations for Swiss investment and is the largest foreign investor in Switzerland. The United States and Switzerland have signed an agreement creating a trade and investment forum to assess areas where the two governments could facilitate greater trade and investment flows.

U.S. exports to Switzerland include gold, pharmaceutical products, art and antiques, optic and medical instruments, and aircraft. U.S. imports from Switzerland include pharmaceutical products, organic chemicals, optic and medical instruments, machinery, and agricultural products. Per capita, Switzerland is among the countries with the most visitors to the United States every year. Switzerland participates in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for certain business or tourism purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

U.S. Switzerland International Relations

The United States and Switzerland have signed a number of agreements creating mechanisms that deepen cooperation and improve the relationship: the Enhanced Political Cooperation Framework, the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding on Apprenticeships and Workforce Development, and the revised Operative Working Arrangement on Law Enforcement Cooperation on Counterterrorism. The centerpiece of the Enhanced Political Cooperation Framework is an annual senior-level meeting, the Strategic Partnership Dialogue, which lays the foundation for bilateral cooperation through our annual political dialogue, the Joint Working Group, and the U.S.-Swiss Joint Economic Commission, which covers anti-money laundering efforts, counterterrorism, regulatory cooperation, and intellectual property rights, among other topics.


March 29
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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