Southwest China Position Paper 2018/2019 - 中国欧盟商会西南建议书2018/2019 Go back »

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In this second Southwest China Position Paper, the European Chamber puts forward recommendations to the local governments of Chengdu and Chongqing on how they can improve their local business environments and attract more international investment, while alleviating the concerns of European companies already operating in the region.

The European Chamber argues that while the development of 'hard infrastructure'—roads, bridges and railways—has helped to connect Southwest China with the rest of the world and open up more investment opportunities, slowing growth has necessitated a reappraisal of the region's traditional economic base. To successfully upgrade its heavy industries and shift towards smart manufacturing and the provision of services, Southwest China needs to focus on developing 'soft infrastructure', or human capital and institutions. By improving public governance, law enforcement, the financial system, education and healthcare, as well as creating the right conditions to attract and retain a skilled workforce, Chengdu and Chongqing can begin to rival other leading investment destinations in China.