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District President Christoph Ammann

Director of Economic Affairs, Canton of Berne

Christoph Amman has been a member of the Cantonal Council of Berne since 2016 and is Head of the Department of Economic Affairs. At the beginning of June 2019, he took over the Bern Regional Council. He studied German literature and Latin at Berne University, and subsequently qualified as a secondary school teacher. From 1993 to 2014 Amman taught at Interlaken grammar school, where he was principal from 2011 to 2016. He was President of Procap Bern and Chairman of the Executive Board of Raiffeisenbank Region Haslital-Brienz. A Social Democrat, he began his political career in 1999 as mayor of Meiringen. In 2006 he was elected to the Grand Council of the Canton of Berne and in 2016 to the Cantonal Council.

Welcoming remarks | German

8.50 a.m.

Classical Circular Economy in the canton of Berne

District President Christoph Ammann welcomes 350 participants to the first edition of the NZZ CE2 conference in the Markthalle in Langenthal. The key players in economy, research and politics will have the chance to think about and develop sustainable business models centred around the circular economy. “Where respect is missing, we destroy our resources, our livelihood,” Ammann, Director of Economic Affairs of the canton of Berne states. Since the classical circular economy has tradition in the canton, sustainable development is the foundation of the way the canton of Berne works towards it. The canton supports this way of doing business, for instance, in collaboration with the Berne University of Applied Sciences and hopes to establish another centre focusing on circular economy, further expanding its involvement.