On June 17, The Shanghai Free Trade Zone Innovation Summit online conference hosted by Lingang Innovation Center with the support of the Global Cross-Border Technology Exchange Research Institute was successfully held. The purpose of this conference was to allow foreign business personnel to better understand how to develop business and expand to China. An overview was given on the unique preferential policies of Shanghai Lingang Free Trade Zone and the kind of services that Lingang Innovation Center can provide.
Lin Qu, General Manager of Lingang Innovation Center delivered a speech and welcomed business personnel from around the world. He then introduced in detail the preferential policies of Lingang. The establishment of the Lingang Special Area is a major strategic plan for China to further expand its opening up policies. Lingang has preferential industrial policies, financial policies, commercial policies, and land policies. Lingang Innovation Center can provide comprehensive pre-incubation, professional incubation, and accelerated incubation.
Hua Yang, President of the Global Cross-Border Technology Exchange Research Institute, delivered a speech and introduced the functions of the Institute, including the research and dissemination of Lingang innovation policies, one-stop service commitment for investment and entrepreneurship, the establishment of cross-border communication bridges, and the integration of resources. He said that the goal of the Institute is to become a link for cross-border technology trade and a platform for corporate investment and entrepreneurship.
CJ International Group’s CEO Jacques Plante then made an introduction. CJ International Group is headquartered in Canada and has branches in China, the United States, Europe, and Hong Kong. The company mainly provides investment opportunities to companies around the world. There are more than 100 agents all over the world, and its management is in the leading position in the industry.
Pablo Obreg, Consul General of the Argentine Republic in Shanghai, introduced the trade situation between Argentina and China and sharing the latest trade policies of Argentina. He said that Lingang is very attractive to Argentine companies and hopes to have closer cooperation in the future.
Dr. Prosper Bernard, Chairman of the University Consortium of the Americas, talked about the global crisis based on his personal experience in China and his feelings of cooperation with China-related projects over the years. In today’s world, trade wars, protectionism, COVID-19, etc. are all hindering cross-border trade. However, the Chinese government’s open attitude, efficient control of COVID-19, and preferential policies all show that China is suitable for business development and has broad future prospects. .
International lawyer Radu Ghergus introduced China-EU business relations and why European high-tech companies should invest in Lingang. As far as the EU is concerned, China is a negotiating partner, economic competitor, and systemic competitor. As far as China is concerned, in the context of the persistence of Sino-US trade tariffs, disputes and the need to consolidate alternative markets, China wants to ensure its economic presence in the European Union. The main basis for European high-tech enterprises to invest in Lingang are: preferential government policies, convenient business environment, abundant technical talents, development opportunities, stability, etc.
Dimi Dimitar, a lawyer, writer, and PhD lecturer at Shanghai Jiaotong University, shared his views on Lingang. Lingang has the world’s largest deep-water port, Yangshan Port, and is adjacent to Pudong Airport. With convenient transportation and vast land, it is very suitable for high-tech enterprises to set up factories and R&D institutions.
Anamaria Gavrila, Member of the Romanian Parliament and member of the Romania-China Friendship Association, also made a speech. She reviewed the past and present of China-Romania relations. Romania and China have maintained a good relationship for a long time, and she believes that this will be the same in the future. She praised China’s open attitude and said that she would support and encourage Romanian companies to invest and develop in China, and she looked forward to closer cooperation and exchanges with China.
Representatives of Robowatch (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Yunfeng International Logistics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. from Lingang Science and Technology Park respectively gave speeches and shared the preferential policies of Lingang and its great significance to the development of companies and individuals. They welcomed other domestic and foreign enterprises to develop in Lingang. Representatives of Canadian companies Prograin, CAE, and Hemostemix delivered speeches respectively, introduced their respective companies, and expressed their interest in the development of China and Lingang.
This international online summit attracted the participation of many people from home and abroad. In the two-and-a-half-hour conference, in addition to the more than 20 on-site participants in the Shanghai main venue, more than 100 people participated online, from Canada, the United States, Russia, India, Germany, Vietnam, Britain, Austria, Netherlands, Morocco, Slovenia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Sweden, Nigeria, Romania, France, Poland, Argentina and other countries/regions.
Participants had positive feedback after the summit, expressing that they were enlightened with new knowledge. All the speakers gave good speeches and exchanged a lot of high-quality information. The participants looked forward to participating in more of these online summits and hope it will become a recurring event. Foreign participants expressed that Lingang is now a hot spot in the world, that it provides a very good investment and business environment for foreign investors and companies to develop in China. Many attendees said that the next step is to have a more in-depth understanding of Lingang and accelerate cooperation with Lingang Innovation Center.