2017 China (Guangdong)-Europe investment and Innovation Cooperation Conference Successfully Convened


2017 China (Guangdong)-Europe investment and Innovation Cooperation Conference, hosted by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province (PGGP) and European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC), was held in Foshan on 13th and 14th, September,2017, to continuously deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation in economy and trade between China and European countries, and work together to enhance the industrial collaboration and development between Guangdong and European countries in an innovative way. 

I Introduction

The economic and social development in Guangdong and the 13th 5-year Plan were highlighted and the business opportunities between Guangdong and European countries were discussed during the conference. Furthermore, the conference arranges a series of parallel sessions including Smart Manufacturing Forum, Bio-Medicine Forum, Green & Smart Cities and Urbanization Form, European Business in China Forum and Invest in Europe Forum. 

Dr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut,Ambassador of the European-Union to China; Mats Harborn,Chairman of EUCCC; Jeannie Xie, VP, Great China Area, SAP GC; Dr. Andy Gu, Vice President of Midea Group and Thomas Schmitz, President of Andritz(China) Ltd were invited as keynote speakers. Under the framework of China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership, this conference hopes to enhance the cooperation of trade, bilateral investment, technological innovation,educational exchanges and strengthen the collaboration of small and medium-sized enterprises between Guangdong and European countries.

II Parallel Session  

Andreas Schwegler, CEO of the European Purchasing Committee (EBC), was invited to attend the 2017 invest in Europe Forum as a speaker. During the speech, officials of international trade and investment department from Germany, Italy, Orly, Spain, Switzerland and other European countries confidently promoted the sound investment environment of their countries in order to attract Chinese enterprises to invest in Europe.

Andreas Schwegler, CEO of EBC focuses on introducing the one-stop M&A investment service connecting Europe with China. Taking advantage of many years of experience and extensive partners network, EBC actively looks for high-quality innovative companies with advanced technology as well as enterprises with well-known brands and arranges reasonable investment programs for Chinese investors. After the bilateral agreement, EBC would assist to realize the programs by great efforts.Through this method, Chinese enterprises would not only reduce the risk of overseas investment, saving the cost for marketing, but also upgrade their technology and enhance their overall competitiveness.

Wu Shanshan, Chief Advisor China, ABA-Invest in Austria said Austria has a highly competitive environment for technological innovation and a large number of high-quality personnel which is the strategic bridgehead for Chinese enterprises to enter the eastern and Western Europe market. Mandy Lin, Head of Swiss Business Hub Guangzhou Lin Xiaping mentioned that with the consecutive global highest innovation index in the last 7 years, Switzerland is the first country to establish a partnership with China with the symbol of innovation.



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