China Day: A look under the hood of Business in China in 2011 back to events

Date: 16/06/2011 - 16/06/2011
Where: Ghent
Type: FCCC events
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The Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce organized an interesting China Day, which covered 2 topics: “Talent Management and Retention in China” and “New Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors to China”. This conference was organized in cooperation with the Benelux Chamber of Commerce (BENCHAM) and the International Executive Search Federation (IESF) and with the support of the Province of East Flanders and Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT).

Mr Marc De Buck, Deputy Governor of the Province of East Flanders and Mrs Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce welcomed the participants.

The first part of the conference focused on hiring and retaining qualified staff. Mr Mark Geary, Joint President of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF) and Chief Executive of AsiaNet Consultants, gave us a valuable insight on talent management in China. This presentation was followed by the practical experiences of talent management in China by Mr Bart Wille, Chief HR Officer of Bekaert.

The recent publication “Meeting the Challenges of Human Resources Management in China” was also presented during this conference. This new publication comprises a series of interviews with the HR Directors of several of our FCCC members in China.  (see separate article under publications)

The second part of the conference dealt with the new opportunities and challenges for foreign investors to China. Mr Philippe Snel, Lawyer at De Wolf & Partners Shanghai, presented the trends in foreign investment in China. Following on this presentation, Mr Jason Lee, General Manager & CEO of KBC Bank Shanghai gave us an insight on the challenges and opportunities in financing your operations in China. Mr Stefaan Stappers, General Manager KBC Bank Hong, gave us an insight on the position of Hong Kong as a major financial centre in Asia and its prime role in the globalization of the Renminbi. Participants learned how managers in the region deal with the increasingly regulated legal framework and tightening liquidity and also found out why Hong Kong remains an attractive springboard for their operations in mainland China. The conference was closed by Mr Eddy Vloeberghen, General Manager of Soudal Shanghai Trading Ltd.  He shared with us the experiences of Soudal in exploring the Chinese market.