Group Business Trip West-China (FIT) – 9-13 September 2013 – Chongqing and Chengdu; and FCCC Breakfast Seminar back to events

Date: 11/09/2013 - 11/09/2013
Where: Chongqing
Type: FCCC events
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Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) organized a group business trip to West-China, an enormous market. Minister-President Kris Peeters led the trip from 9 till 13 September 2013 to Chongqing and Chengdu.


On September 11, the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) organized a breakfast seminar in Chongqing. Mrs Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director of the Flanders China Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the participants and introduced the speakers.


Mr Luc Maton, Member of the Board of the FCCC and General Manager Asia Region of Ahlers, introduced the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce and its activities. He emphasized the publication of newsletters, the organization of seminars and the sharing of guanxi (networks) to exchange experience and knowledge on China’s economy and doing business in the country.


Flanders’ Minister-President Kris Peeters expressed his support for the Go West policy of the Chinese government. Chongqing is one of the very fast-growing cities in China with still a big margin for further expansion, he said. He said he hoped the seminar would prove to be a great opportunity to expand the ties between the business communities of Flanders and Chongqing.


Mr. Chen Yu, Chairman of the Chongqing Sub-Council of the China Chamber for the Promotion of International Trade, welcomed the delegation to the city and gave a brief introduction of China’s Go West policy and of Chongqing, from its origins in ancient times to its modern development. He also covered the priorities for doing business in Chongqing.


Mr Ulrich O.Birch, Chairman of the European Chamber Southwest Chapter and Senior Consultant at Consenec, a joint venture between ABB, Alstom and Bombardier in Switzerland, gave the perspective of European investors in Chongqing. Mr Birch has been based in Chongqing since 2005, so he has experienced quite some dramatic changes in the development of the city. He emphasized that the municipal government was very accessible to help overcome difficulties. The city benefits from preferential policies, such as a lower corporate income tax, but finding qualified personnel is still an uphill battle, the more so as more companies are investing. Chongqing has a strong manufacturing base and is a natural logistics hub.


Mr Claude Gong, Tax Partner, Deloitte & Touche Chongqing, more generally covered the challenges and opportunities for doing business in the West of China, including in Chongqing. His talk was more focussed on investing. China’s Five Year Plan emphasizes development in the West of China to narrow the gap with the coastal areas, he said.


A brief Q&A session concluded the seminar.


In Chongqing, Minister-President Kris Peeters also had a meeting with Mayor Huang Qifan.


The Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce is preparing a special report on Chongqing which will be made available to the members.