About APES

The Foreign Press Association in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

The Foreign Press Association in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, known by its French acronym APES, was founded in Geneva in 1928 and now has over 120 members representing media from every continent.

The majority of members are based in and around Geneva in French-speaking Switzerland, home to many United Nations and other international agencies.

There is also a sizeable contingent in German-speaking Zurich, Switzerland’s commercial hub, with a sprinkling in Bern, the Swiss capital, and Basel, a major cultural centre.

In addition to representing the professional interests of its members, APES facilitates their work through its contacts with Swiss federal and cantonal authorities, organisations and enterprises spanning all aspects of Swiss life, including politics, business, finance, science and culture.

Through these contacts APES organises a varied programme of activities for members including, each year, a themed visit to one of Switzerland’s 26 cantons and a dinner or lunch with the Swiss President as guest of honour to which many other prominent Swiss are also invited.

APES events

Meilleurs Voeux Best Wishes APES 2017

Chinese and Swiss Media Round Table in Geneva : APES calls for more exchange between cultures and people

Jean Musy and Peter Kenny (left) responsible for APES (left) with Minister Jiang Jianguo (right), Director of the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva.

During the First Chinese and Swiss Media Roundtable, which was launched in Geneva on January 10th, during the state visit of President Xi Jinping to Switzerland, the President of the APES, Jean Musy, underlined before the Chinese Minister Jiang Jianguo, the need for journalists to “build bridges between cultures and men. Communication services are not convincing. The public wants to know more and above all the truth “. For our credibility, we must “go see and know”, he added.

And to recall the major role of the great Swiss reporter Fernand Gigon, the first to communicate the reality of Communist China to the world, while Switzerland had just recognized the Mao regime, the first among the Western nations, January 17th 1950. 67 years later, there is still too much a priori and misunderstandings, which only a good flow of independant information from the field can improve.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

January 20th Visit to the Beyeler Foundation (Basel) for its 20th anniversary and the Monet exhibition

January 23rd Meeting with Jean Ziegler at the Domaine de Penthes (Prégny-Chambésy / GE)

♦  Greetings and Happy New Year ! 

APES Events

Swiss Banking Association meets with APES


Claude-Alain Margelisch, SBA CEO during his annual meeting with the APES in Geneva


December, 1st : According to the SBA, Switzerland had 266 banks in 2015, half of them foreign. Switzerland is the world leader in cross-border asset management, with a 25 percent market share. “In total,” notes Claude Margelisch, “assets under management in banks in Switzerland at the end of 2015 amounted to 6,567.6 billion Swiss francs. Half of this amount comes from foreign customers”. However, “market access, training and digital” remain “the major challenges for the future” for the Swiss banking sector, said the SBA CEO. Photos : © J.Musy and P.Kenny (2016)


Yearly APES Presidential Lunch with the President of the Confederation

President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann with members of the APES Committee during the annual press conference and luncheon at the Schweizerhof in Bern on 27 October.

October, 27th – President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann with members of the APES Committee during the annual press conference and luncheon at the Schweizerhof in Bern.


Solar Impulse : Technology for the environment

Meeting with the Press on 10 October with the two pilots of Solar Impulse, Dr. Bertrand Piccard (centre left) and M. André Borschberg with APES President Jean Musy (far left) and its Vice President Peter Kenny (far right). The two pilots talked about their recent round-the-world tour and new projects.

October, 10th – The two pilots of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, on their return from their recent round of the world, recounted their feat, highlighting the technological challenges faced by APES journalists at Château de Penthes / GE. They also explained the implications of this project for the future. Left, President of APES Jean Musy  and right, Vice-President Peter Kenny.