Economic relations

Bilateral Agreements

  1. The Free Trade Agreement between Israel and EFTA – (entry into force in 1993)
  2. Convention between the Swiss Confederation and the State of Israel for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and on capital (entry into force 2003)
  3. A letter of intent on the promotion of scientific cooperation between Israel and Switzerland (signed in 2005)
  4. Modernization of the Free Trade Agreement in the field of agriculture (entry into force in 2021)
  5. Air Service Agreement (entry into force in 2021, replacing the 1952 Agreement)
  6. Automatic exchange of information on financial accounts (entry in force in 2019) 


Swiss investments in Israel exceed 1 billion CHF per year. Since 1990, Swiss companies have made significant investments in Israel, including in the food sector, in pharmaceuticals, machinery, infrastructure & industry, financial services and insurances. In recent years, interest in the Israeli innovation and technology industry has grown. Several Swiss companies are active in the Israeli ecosystem to identify innovative technologies and/or business models, including through local scouting, opening an R&D center, or collaborating with a local venture capital actor.

Swiss Economic Promotion in Israel

To promote Switzerland’s economic interests, the Embassy builds and maintains networks among pertinent stakeholders, offers advice and consultation, and accompanies Swiss actors interested in business opportunities in Israel or cooperation with Israeli institutions and enterprises. Among these activities, the Embassy applies specific focus on the innovation portfolio and synergies between the Swiss and Israeli start-up ecosystems. In 2018, a Science and Innovation Office (SIO) was opened within the Embassy that has been connecting numerous Swiss public and private actors, from academic institutions to multinational companies with Israeli counterparts. In 2021, the SIO launched its ongoing flagship program “Lean Launchpad” to train, mentor, and introduce Swiss start-ups to the Israeli ecosystem. 

Information on countries, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE


Chambre de Commerce Suisse-Israël Swiss-Israel Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Ilan Luks, President
P.O. Box 1564
8027 Zurich
Tel.: +41 (0)44 362 16 30
Fax: +41 (0)44 362 16 34


Israel-Switzerland & Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Gideon Hamburger, President

Beit Harel, 3 Aba Hillel St.

Ramat Gan
Tel.: +972 (0)3 754 78 78
Fax: +972 (0)3 754 78 00



If you have any questions, reach out to our Science and Innovation Office at the Embassy:


Swiss Science and Innovation Office in Israel
David Biegeleisen - Innovation adviser

Embassy of Switzerland in Israel

Hayarkon 228, 6340524, Tel Aviv, Israel


And take a look at the Innovation Office flagship program: Leanlaunchpad