FCCC Industrial fact-finding trip to Shandong province back to events

Date: 20/05/2012 - 24/05/2012
Where: Shandong Province
Type: FCCC events
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The Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) organized a fact-finding trip to Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai and Weihai in Shandong province from May 20 till 24, 2012 as part of  its strategy to give its members a better insight into business opportunities in second- and third-tier cities. Managers of a limited group of companies were offered the opportunity to become better acquainted with the area and meet potential partners and senior officials. H.E. Mr. Patrick Nijs, Ambassador of Belgium in China, accompanied the delegation, assuring that it was received at the highest possible level in all the cities visited.


The mission started on May 20 in Beijing with a networking lunch organized by the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China (BenCham), chaired by Mr. Patrick Vandenbemd, General Manager of BenCham Beijing, where participants to the mission also met FCCC members based in Beijing. Mrs Naomi Sanders, Project Manager of the IPR Helpdesk, gave a presentation on the “Top 5 points you need to know about IP in China”. Mrs Ludmila Hyklova, Advisor at the EU-China SME Center, talked about “Due diligence on investing and exporting to China”, while FCCC member and General Manager of Orientas, Drik Laeremans, talked about different ways to get involved in the Chinese market. The lunch-meeting concluded with a brief introduction of the investment environment in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, by Corinna Wu, Event Manager at the Zhuhai Investment Promotion Bureau. In the evening, Ambassador Nijs welcomed the delegation with a dinner at his residence.


On May 21, the mission traveled by high-speed train to Jinan, capital of Shandong province, were a meeting and lunch were organized with the leaders of the Lingang Economic Development Zone, who briefed the delegation on the investment environment in Jinan. Mr. Winston Zhao, Partner at Jones Day Shanghai Office, shared some insights on investing in China. Mr Thierry Schmidt, Chairman of the Board of Esco Couplings (Jinan), offered a testimonial of Belgian investment in Jinan, followed by a visit to the company. The mission also met leaders of the Environmental Protection Bureau of Shandong province and Jinan city. Vice Governor of Shandong province Cai Limin met with the delegation and introduced the economic development of the province. Following a banquet offered by the provincial government, the mission continued the trip by high-speed train to Qingdao.


In Qingdao the mission was briefed on the investment environment in the city by Mr Feng Wenqing, Chairman of the Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Qingdao Sub-Council, followed by a meeting with the leaders of the Qingdao Environmental Protection Bureau, who introduced the opportunities for foreign companies active in the environment sector in the Five Year Plan. Qingdao Vice Mayor Liu Mingjun chaired a banquet for the members of the mission. In the afternoon a visit was organized to the Qingdao Economic and Technological Development Zone and to Huber Engineered Materials, a Member of the FCCC, where Plant Manager Zhang Weijia and HR Manager Helen Lu introduced the company and its experience of investing in Qingdao. The mission also visited the huge new Kempinski Hotel of Qingdao, which will cater to conferences and conventions, and is owned by the Qingdao Weiye Group, chaired by Mr.Li Zhongyu. A successful day was concluded with a dinner with the leaders of the Economic and Technological Development Zone.


Wednesday, May 23, started with a breakfast meeting with Andries Verschelden, Partner, and Scott Krivokopich, Manager at Moore Stephens Verschelden, about taxation issues and the results of a survey of Belgian companies investing in China. Mr. Zhan Haiqing introduced the Qingdao Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment. Following the breakfast meeting, the mission traveled by bus to Yantai for a visit to the Yantai Haide Special Vehicle Co, where Chairman Louis Song and Executive Vice President Maxime de la Morandiere introduced the company. The very brief visit to Yantai was concluded by a meeting with Vice Mayor Song Weining and a dinner attended by leaders of the city.  In the evening the mission arrived in its final destination of Weihai.


The first activity in Weihai was a meeting with the Municipal Bureau of Commerce and the Weihai-Belgium Cooperation Exchange Meeting with presentations by Mr. Xu Dongming, Director of the Municipal Bureau of Commerce; H.E. Mr. Patrick Nijs, Ambassador of Belgium to the People’s Republic of China; Mrs. Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC); Mr. Juha Ven of the Huiyin Group and Mr. Geert Roelens, CEO of Beaulieu International Group. A welcoming lunch was chaired by Vice Mayor of Weihai Mr.Tian Zhiying. In the afternoon the mission visited Bekaert (Shandong) Tire Cord, where General Manager Julia Zhu led a visit to the plant; the Weiqiao Textile Co; the Weihai Airport Equipment Co and the Shandong New Northern Information Technology Co. The fact-finding mission to Shandong was concluded with a banquet offered by the leaders of Weihai’s Huancui district.


The visit to Shandong was organized with the financial support of Flanders Investment & Trade. An extensive report of the mission to Shandong will be made available to FCCC members this week.