European Chamber Lobby Report – September 2013

SAMSUNG CSCEuropean Chamber Present Position Paper to the Mayor of Chengdu

On 17th September 2013, the Chamber presented the Position Paper 2012/2013 to Mr Ge Honglin, Mayor of Chengdu, during the 54th Informal Discussion with Foreign Investors in Chengdu.

The European Chamber delegation was led by Ulrich O. Birch, Chairman of the European Chamber Southwest Chapter, together with Paul Sives, Southwest Chapter Vice Chairman, Min L. Colinot, Southwest Chapter General Manager, and Maggie Xie, National Director of Government Affairs.

Other Lobby Activities

On September 27th, European Chamber Shanghai Chapter General Manager Ioana Kraft was invited to attend the investment promotion symposium hosted by Anhui’s Deputy Governor Hua Jianhui. During the symposium Ms Hua and other cities’ mayors in Anhui highlighted how lower land and labour costs have created a convenient transportation system which makes Anhui a better investment environment. During the meeting Ioana also emphasised that European SMEs are an active stream for investing abroad.

Upon the releases of General Plan for the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and its accompanying Negative List on 30th September, the Chamber translated the relevant documents and shared with its members for reference. Before and after the official launch of the FTZ, the Chamber held meetings with Shanghai Committee of Commerce and Foreign Investment Administration Department of the Ministry of Commerce to discuss policy implications and industry recommendations. The Chamber also had various meetings with Shanghai local and central government agencies to discuss this topic.