Shanghai Position Paper 2020/2021

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The fourth Shanghai Position Paper 2020/2021 evaluates the local business and regulatory environments for foreign investment in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and makes recommendations to facilitate a swift economic recovery. Touted as a symbol of China’s market liberalisation and the sustained confidence of international investment, in the eyes of the European business community this event has so far amounted to little more than an ambitious trade fair.

With 38 detailed recommendations on how the local government can address the challenges of the local business environment and unlock further development potential, the Shanghai Position Paper has been published in advance of the third China International Import Expo (CIIE). Touted as a symbol of China’s market liberalisation and the sustained confidence of international investment, in the eyes of the European business community this event has so far amounted to little more than an ambitious trade fair.

While European companies are willing to bring more investment to Shanghai and help expand the city’s economy, they must first see concrete changes, not more high-level yet ambiguous plans.

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Nanjing Position Paper 2019/2020

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Since the launch of the Nanjing Chapter’s first Nanjing Position Paper in 2017, greater communication between the European business community and the local government has helped to meaningfully improve the local business environment of Nanjing and Jiangsu. With the goal of further advancing this constructive dialogue, the Nanjing chapter and its more than 100 members have launched the second Nanjing Position Paper to identify recently emerged and long-lasting concerns and also propose corresponding recommendations to local and provincial leaders in the following three main areas:

  • The ease of doing business and SME attraction
  • Good governance and Nanjing’s development model
  • Increasing the attractiveness of Nanjing and Jiangsu 

This document forms a critical role in shaping our conversations with the Nanjing and Jiangsu governments, and sets the advocacy agenda of the Nanjing Chapter.

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South China Position Paper 2019/2020

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The second edition of the South China Position Paper builds on the success of the first one released in 2015. It compiles the latest assessments and concerns of European businesses operating in South China and offers constructive recommendations to local policy makers. The 2019/2020 edition evaluates the region’s ongoing development and provides recommendations on how the government can create a business environment that facilitates further development and attracts fresh investment.

The South China Position Paper presents key recommendations on three themes: the quality of the business environment and the foundations for its industrial upgrade, the stability of regional human resources, and the attractiveness of the province for foreign investment. Critical as some of the South China Position Paper’s recommendations may seem, they are proposed in an honest effort to improve the business environment in South China for both domestic and foreign companies alike.

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Southwest China Position Paper 2018/2019

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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.

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Shanghai Position Paper 2018/2019

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This is the third edition of the Shanghai Position Paper, which continues the series of standalone local Position Papers that the European Chamber has been releasing since January 2015.

The Shanghai Position Paper 2018/2019 argues that the clock is ticking for Shanghai to achieve its developmental goals of becoming an international economic, trade, financial, shipping and logistics, and innovation centre by 2020. Specifically, the paper discusses how Shanghai can increase its innovation capacity, foster its manufacturing competitiveness, become more important for global finance, improve its quality of life and gather the best global talent.

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Local Position Papers

Local Position Papers rev

The European Chamber’s series of local position papers address the wide range of issues that European businesses face across China’s multifaceted regions. They outline the concerns of our Chamber members in six chapters, and provide tailored recommendations for improving the business, and general, environment. These publications help us to more actively shape opinions at the regional level where the actual implementation, or lack thereof, of government policies directly affects our member companies operating in these locations. This bespoke approach to advocacy is crucial in order to engage local governments in regions that are larger than many European countries.

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Publication title
Nanjing Position Paper 2019/2020 - 中国欧盟商会南京建议书2019/2020
South China Position Paper 2019/2020 - 中国欧盟商会华南建议书2019/2020
Southwest China Position Paper 2018/2019 - 中国欧盟商会西南建议书2018/2019
Shanghai Position Paper 2018/2019 - 中国欧盟商会上海建议书2018/2019
Shenyang Position Paper 2017/2018 - 中国欧盟商会沈阳建议书2017/2018
Nanjing Position Paper 2016/2017 - 中国欧盟商会南京建议书2016/2017
Shanghai Position Paper 2016/2017 - 上海建议书2016/2017
Southwest China Position Paper 2015/2016 - 中国欧盟商会西南建议书2015/2016
Tianjin Position Paper 2015/2016 - 中国欧盟商会天津建议书2015/2016
South China Position Paper 2015/2016 - 华南建议书2015/2016
Beijing Position Paper 2015/2016 - 中国欧盟商会北京建议书2015/2016
Shanghai Position Paper 2014/2015 - 上海建议书2014/2015