Zakendoen met China back to events

Date: 22/05/2008 - 22/05/2008
Where: KBC Bank - Brussels
Type: FCCC events
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On 15 and 22 May 2008, Unizo International, the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce, Flanders Investment & Trade and KBC organized two successful seminars on doing business with China for SME’s.
Those seminars took place at the KBC Bank in Brussels.

On the first session which took place on 15 May, the trade commissioners of Flanders Investment & Trade gave the following interesting presentations :
Mr Siegfried Verheijke, Flemish Economic Representative in Hong Kong, gave an insight in the cultural differences between Belgium and China
Mr Hubert Cooleman, Flemish Economic Representative in Beijing, mainly introduced the service center the Kingsphere Group can offer.  
This service center is located in Beijing and facilitates market entry in China for Flemish SMEs. Funding to set up an office can be applied for at Flanders Investment & Trade.
Mr Kris Put, Flemish Economic Representative in Shanghai, gave a clear view on the subsidies and incentives Flemish companies can apply for at Flanders Investment & Trade.

Two very interesting company experiences were given by Mr Herwig Dejonghe,  General Director Pinguin NV and Mr Carl Baekelandt, CEO Concordia Textiles.

After the presentations, Mr Luc Gijsens, Senior General Manager KBC Bank and Board Member of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce, provided us with some concluding remarks.

More then 70 participants assisted this first session.

The second session took place on 22 May and focused on logistics, legal aspects, finance and taxation.
First speaker was Mr Michel Van Bavel, General Manager Van Bavel Business Gifts, who provided us with some practical information about the art of sourcing.
This was followed by a presentation about the organization of logistics processes by Mrs Heike Ulburghs, Business Development Manager Ahlers Logistics
An overview of the financial aspects of the China market was given by Mrs Karen Sterckx, Head Trade Finance KBC Bank.
Mr Yves Tavernier, Partner DLA Piper, focused on the legal aspects about contracts with Chinese companies.
Finally, Mr Peter Waumans, CEO European Law Matrix, gave his views about the implications for companies of changes in the Chinese tax law.

More then 50 participants assisted this second session.
More information about this seminar can be obtained at the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce by sending an e-mail to: