Southwest China Position Paper 2015/2016

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This is the first time that the European Chamber has released the Southwest China Position Paper as a standalone publication. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in Southwest China with the aim of offering constructive recommendations to policy-makers in Chengdu, Chongqing and Sichuan Province. The Chamber hopes that this white paper will help to facilitate increased government dialogue and improve operating conditions for foreign companies invested in Southwest China, enabling them to invest further and help the region to develop sustainably and achieve its policy goals.

Insights for Chengdu include:

1. Improve Chengdu’s Air-quality to Enhance Living Conditions for all of its Citizens

2. Address Limitations and Deficiencies in the Regulatory Environment

3. Increase the Efficiency of Trade Facilitation

4. Improve Existing Healthcare Services and Increase the Number of International Hospitals in Chengdu

5. Create the Conditions for Attracting Foreign Talent

6. Allow International Companies to Participate in the Bidding Process for All Government Contracts

7. Increase Internet Speed and Access to Foreign Websites

Insights for Chongqing include:

1. Increase the Level of Communication Between the Chongqing Government and the Foreign Business Community

2. Strive to Make Chongqing a More Competitive Destination for Foreign Investment by Creating a More International and Open City

3. Improve the Existing Education System and Expand Educational Offerings in Chongqing

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Tianjin Position Paper 2015/2016

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This is the first time that the European Chamber has released the Tianjin Position Paper as a standalone publication. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in Tianjin with the aim to offer constructive recommendations to the city’s policy makers.

In the paper, the European Chamber presents six key recommendations that will enable Tianjin to leverage its unique potential and to meet the “Tianjin 2020’ goals of establishing itself as north China’s economic centre, becoming an ecological city and an international port city by the year 2020. The European Chamber’s Tianjin Chapter fully supports these goals, yet believes that the current pace of reforms should be accelerated. The Tianjin Position Paper outlines how the city can best do so.

As critical as some of the Tianjin Position Paper’s recommendations may seem, they are all offered as part of an honest effort to improve operating conditions in Tianjin for domestic and foreign companies alike, as well as the general living environment for everyone in the city.

Insights include:

  • An overview of the perceptions of European businesses operating in Tianjin.
  • An in-depth analysis of Tianjin’s economic, commercial and technological development and potential;
  • Recommendations on how Tianjin can further facilitate the attraction of foreign investment to the city.
  • Analysis of Tianjin’s continued urbanisation drive and its increasing integration with the provinces of Beijing and Hebei.

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South China Position Paper 2015/2016

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This is the first time that the European Chamber has released the South China Position Paper as a standalone publication. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in South China and offers constructive recommendations to the region’s policy-makers.

The South China region finds itself at a crossroads: it must either adapt to the realities of today’s globalised economy or fall behind its competitors. Faced with rising labour costs and intense global competition for investment, South China—and in particular Guangdong Province, widely known as the ‘world’s factory’— is currently transitioning its regional economy from one based on traditional, labour-intensive manufacturing to one based on high-tech industries. However, in order to achieve this upgrade, Guangdong and the South China region as a whole need to improve upon the ‘three flows’: the flow of people, goods and services, and information.

Insights include:

  • A breakdown of European businesses’ perceptions of South China’s operating conditions, as well as their outlook for the future;
  • An in-depth analysis of South China’s economic, commercial and technological development and potential;
  • Recommendations on how South China can further facilitate foreign investment in the city; and
  • Analysis of South China’s continued regional integration with Hong Kong and Macau. 

Please click here to view English press release or click here to view the Chinese version.

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Beijing Position Paper 2015/2016

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This is the first time that the European Chamber has released a position paper for Beijing as a standalone publication. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in Beijing and offers constructive recommendations to the city’s policy-makers.

Beijing’s stipulated goals are to be or become a centre of government, culture, international exchanges and technology – its four ‘core functions’. Yet Beijing is even more than this – it is a global city like no other and one of China’s most important commercial centres. However, there are several issues preventing Beijing from realising its full potential. The Beijing Position Paper 2015/2016 seeks to address them.

Insights include:

  • An overview of the perceptions of European businesses operating in Beijing;
  • An in-depth analysis of Beijing’s economic, commercial and technological development and potential;
  • Recommendations on how Beijing can further facilitate for foreign investment in the city; and
  • Analysis of Beijing’s continued urbanisation drive and its increasing integration with Tianjin and Hebei. 

Please click here to view English press release or click here to view the Chinese version.

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Shanghai Position Paper 2014/2015

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This is the first time that the Shanghai Position Paper has been published as a standalone publication. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in Shanghai with the aim of offering constructive recommendations to Shanghai’s policy-makers. These recommendations are offered in the spirit of mutual benefit to improve Shanghai's business environment for both foreign and domestic companies, in order to promote Shanghai's sustainable economic growth and further boost its development into a truly international metropolis.

Insights include:
•         Recommendations on how Shanghai can reach its 2020 goals;
•         In depth analysis of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone;
•         An overview of the perceptions of European businesses in Shanghai.

Please click here to view English press release. And click here to view Chinese press release.

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