When Shanghai settles for an afternoon in Switzerland, here is the result!
On Tuesday, May 9th, we organized an Exclusive Business Meeting between the Director of its Free Trade Zone (FTZ), accompanied by a large delegation, and nearly 60 businessmen and women working for companies of all sizes and active in multiple fields, already established in China or considering expanding there.
With our China Market Access Manager Romain Barrabas as MC, the event began with a welcome address from the State of Vaud (Etat de Vaud), represented by Frederic Dubois (Innovaud). This was followed by Zhang Xi, Director General of Shanghai FTZ Authority, and Mrs. Shi Lili, First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland.
We then got to the heart of the matter with the presentation of Chen Bin, Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Waigaoqiao FTZ Group, who detailed the numerous advantages offered to foreign companies that set up in this zone. André Lüscher, Head of Market Intelligence at Georg Fischer, introduced the experience of his company, established there since 2000 on 3’500 m2.
Finally, a panel composed of Dai Qingyu, Director of Information Center of Shanghai FTZ Authority, Aline Ballaman-Garibian (Swiss Centers China), André Lüscher (Georg Fischer), Pascal Schumacher (OM Pharma), Nicolas Frochaux (Acrostak) and moderated by our CEO Zhen Xiao made it possible to deepen the discussion and share more concrete cases. It is worthy to mention that OM Pharma and Acrostak are both registered in our offices.
After a Q&A session, the exchanges continued during a cocktail served in a magnificent salon of the Beau-Rivage Palace .
This event was supported by Innovaud, the Canton of Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chambre vaudoise du commerce et de l’industrie (CVCI)), the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) , Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and the Swiss-Chinese Association – French Speaking Region (SRSSC).