Participate in the Business Confidence Survey 2020

The European Chamber’s European Business in China Business Confidence Survey 2020 was launched on 3rd February. If you are the primary contact of your company for the Chamber, you should have received an email with a link to access the survey. Please contact Rachel Rapaport at rrapaport@europeanchamber.com.cn if you did not receive the email.

The results of the Business Confidence Survey 2020 will be published in our May 2020 report. You can download the previous survey reports below.

Please allocate a small amount of time—approximately 30 minutes—to take the Chamber’s survey. Please note that it does not need to be completed in one sitting. You can save your data and return at a later stage to finish the survey. All the information received from our members will remain strictly confidential.

Participation in this survey is absolutely essential for the Chamber’s operations and allows you to shape our message for the following year. Your voice is our voice!

Please click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the survey. If you have further questions, please contact Rachel Rapaport at rrapaport@europeanchamber.com.cn.

Business Confidence Survey 2019

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This year’s Business Confidence Survey contrasts China’s lagging regulatory reform and remnants of its former economic model with the increasingly firm commitment that European companies hold toward the mature and vibrant Chinese market.

While a few areas saw progress, China’s reform agenda has failed to proceed at a pace that will meet the expectations of European business. A large majority of members expect regulatory obstacles to, at worst, increase significantly over the next five years or, at best, remain the same. Meanwhile, State-owned enterprises are present in more than two-thirds of the economy, and are dominant in key sectors. Furthermore, a fifth of members report feeling compelled to transfer technology as a condition for market access, with many of these transfers having taken place in 2018.

These difficult conditions are hardly welcoming for European companies in China. However, in spite of such challenges, European firms still saw revenue growth and strong EBIT, all while further boosting their competitiveness. European commitment to the market remains high with a healthy majority reporting that China remains a top three destination for investment, in no small part as a result of the vibrant and innovative private sector.

Eager to improve the business environment in which they operate, European companies are redoubling their advocacy efforts. It is imperative that China accelerate its reform agenda and reduce the regulatory burden while providing a level playing field for all companies. This is especially important to achieve now, as the rise of macro-economic challenges like the global and Chinese slowdowns intersect with the consequences of the US-China Trade War. These burdens can be offset by creating an open, fair and well-regulated market that will attract further investment and give companies the room to navigate the challenging waters ahead.

Read English press release and Chinese press release.

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