A round up of lobbying actions undertaken by the European Chamber during the month of July.
Meeting with the Mayor of Huai’an
On 4th July, the European Chamber’s Shanghai Chapter welcomed a delegation led by Huai’an Mayor Mr Qu Futian. On behalf of the Chamber’s Shanghai Board, Carlo Leopaldi extended a warm welcome to the delegation, and gave a brief introduction to the Chamber.
Mr Qu, former Deputy Director of Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission, gave a detailed overview of Huai’an municipality, located in northern Jiangsu Province.
Meeting with Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau
On 10th July, the European Chamber organised their first ever lobby meeting with the Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau, led by Southwest Chapter General Manager Min L. Colinot. During the meeting, Mr Chen, the assistant Chief Engineer, gave an overview of the Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau’s latest updates and officials from different departments addressed and discussed business concerns of the Chamber’s member companies. Ms Liu, Director of International Cooperation, raised 10 areas where the Chongqing Environmental Protection Bureau is looking for international cooperation.
Meeting with Lu Hao, Governor of Heilongjiang
From 9th to 11th July, a delegation led by Davide Cucino visited Heilongjiang and met with newly appointed Governor Lu Hao. During the meeting, Lu Hao Highly appreciated the Chamber’s Position Paper and explained in detail Heilongjiang’s investment opportunities.
Other government agencies the group met during the trip included the Heilongjiang China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the Committee of Commerce and the Committee of Agriculture.
Roundtable Meeting with Guangzhou Government
The Chamber co-organised a roundtable meeting with Guangzhou Government on 17th July, with the participation of Chamber member companies, and different government bureaux at provincial and municipal level.
Mr Ye Jian, Deputy Director of Guangzhou Government Affairs Administration Office, pointed out that the government will focus more on SMEs. Progress made in the removal of red tape and bureaucracy in certain areas was also touched on.
Following a presentation by Ms Qin Hong, Director General of Invest Guangzhou, government representatives took questions submitted by European member companies. The meeting concluded with a presentation of the Position Paper 2012/2013 to Ms Qin Hong.
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On 22nd July, the Chamber met with the China Food and Drug Administration’s (CFDA) Drug & Cosmetics Registration Department with the purpose of sharing with relevant industry associations the initial thoughts on how to establish the new regulatory framework of cosmetics.