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Seminars, forums to facilitate co-op

Express staff

The forthcoming seventh China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) is showing an increasingly important role as a stage for global capital flows and exchanges along with some 40 seminars and forums to be carried out during the fair.
"The 40-odd high-level seminars and forums, notable for being professional, specialized, comprehensive and timely on their contents, will attract around 5,000 experts and officials from around the world,'' said Zheng Zhi, vice-director of the operational department of CIFIT's organizing committee.
"Background of the speakers are the guarantee for the information released on the forums and seminars,'' said Zheng.
According to Zheng, such officials, experts and business persons including Chinese Minister of Commerce Lu Fuyuan, Vice-Chairman of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) Arvind Mayaram and CEO of US-based General Contractor Association Stephen E. Standherr will deliver authoritative speeches on economic and trade issues.
The International Investment Forum and the World Investment Report Press Release are the focus of all, said Zheng.
Such topics as China's investment promotion policies, key measures taken to optimize the country's investment environment, developing trends of international capital flow and China's utilization of foreign direct investment (FDI) will be introduced and issued by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Minister of the National Assets Regulatory and Management Commission or President of the People's Bank of China and Chairman of the Sino-US National Trade Committee.
Participants keen on co-operation between Chinese and Euro-American contracting industry can get information about the sector's developing trends, relevant policies and laws and regulations concerning contracting business in the US and major European countries at a specialized seminar on September 10, said Zheng.
In addition, CIFIT will also create opportunities for countries from different continents to demonstrate their economic and trade status and for further co-operation with their counterparts.
During the Caribbean Investment Forum, Caribbean countries' leaders and officials will deliver speeches on investment policies, investment projects, enterprises and other hot economic issues.
The conference on Turkey's investment policy and market introduction will also be held during the fair, helping the country find more investors.


Seminars and forums for the 7th CIFIT

1. International Investment Forum

State leaders of China; Lu Fuyuan, Minister of Commerce; Li Rongrong, Minister of National Assets Regulatory & Management Commission (or Zhou Xiaochuan, President of The People's Bank of China); officials from Caribbean Regions; multinational CEOs; relevant leader from Hong Kong SAR government; Chairman of Sino-US National Trade Committee.
Contents: the status quo of China's utilization of FDI; China's investment promotion policies; measures China takes to optimize investment environment; the developing trends of international capital flow; case study transnational corporations' investment in China; introduction by overseas government of the experiences in promoting investment.
2. World Investment Report Press Release
Sponsor: UNCTAD
Theme: Comparison of global FDI volume between 2002 and 2001; regional distribution of multinational investment; overview of China's use of FDI.
Speakers: Ma Xiuhong, vice-minister of MOFCOM; leader of Bureau of Investment Promotion Affairs, MOFCOM; representatives of UNCTAD.
3. "Going Global" Seminars
A. Seminar on Co-operation Between Chinese and Euro-American Contractors
Speakers: Nobert Young, president of McGraw-Hill Construction; Stephen Sandherr, CEO of US General Contractors Association; experts from British Civil Engineers Association; experts from French International Contractors Association; experts from German Building Industry Association.
Contents: contracting market and its developing trends, relevant policies, and laws and regulations in US and chief European countries.
B. Seminar on Overseas Investment and Opportunities in Emerging Investment Markets
Speakers: Arvind Mayaram, vice-chairman of WAIPA; Wu Xilin, official with MOFCOM; Hamdani, official with UNCTAD.
C. Caribbean Investment Forum
Speakers: Ma Xiuhong, vice-minister of MOFCOM; Jong Tjien Fa, minister of Trade and Industry, Suriname; Dell Marshall, minister of Industry and International Commerce, Barbados; Pierre, minister of Commerce, St. Lucia; Powell, minister of Commerce, Science and Technology, Jamaica; officials from the government of Guiana, Trinidad & Tobacco, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas.
Contents: Investment policies, investment environment, investment projects, enterprises and other hot economic issues in the 8 Caribbean countries.
D. Conference on Turkey's Investment Policy and Market Introduction
Speakers: Turkey officials and enterprises representatives.
E. Seminar on CEPA between the Mainland and Hong Kong
Speakers: Relevant leaders of MOFCOM; government officials from Hong Kong SAR government; leaders of Dept. of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs.
Contents: Investment policies, investment environment, investment projects, enterprises and other hot economic issues in the 8 Caribbean countries.
F. Seminar on Technology and I.T. Industries in Hong Kong
Speakers: Chow Bofan, Director of Information Technology Hong Kong, Zang Manlong, Director of Science and Technology Hong Kong.
Contents: Introduction of information technology industry in Hong Kong; requirements for enterprises to get listed in Hong Kong stock market; briefing on Hong Kong'sscience and technology parks.
G. Seminar on Implications of Regional Economic Integration for Chinese Enterprise's Decision on Overseas Investment
Speakers: Hamdani, official with UNCTAD; chairman and president of Brenham Bank Holding Co Ltd USA.
H. Symposium on Investment Policies of ASEAN Countries
Theme: Promoting the investment policies and investment environment of ASEAN countries
Speakers: Nguyen Anh Tuan, official with Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam; Director General of Bureau of Domestic And Foreign Investment Administration, Laos; Theo F. Toemion, chairman of Investment Coordinating Board(BKPM), Indonesia.
4. "Introducing FDI" Seminars
A. Legal Seminar on M & A of Domestic Enterprises by Foreign Investors
Speakers: Officials with MOFCOM, State Administration of Foreign Exchange, andthe State General Taxation Bureau.
Contents: Tax policies for M & A by foreign Investors; foreign exchange management in M & A by foreign Investors; legal problems occurred in M & A of domestic enterprises by foreign Investors.
B. Seminar on International Co-operation for Auto Parts and Accessories
Theme: Promoting the investment policies and investment environment of ASEAN countries
Speakers: Leaders of Dept. of Foreign Investment Administration; leaders of China Association of Automobile Industry; representative from multinational automobile companies.
C. Seminar on Foreign Investment in Service Trade
Speakers: Representatives from the central governments, and enterprises concerned.
D. Symposium on FDI Policies in Export Sourcing and Chain Business
Speakers: Representatives from MOFCOM; representative from Li & Fung, Carrefour, Wal-Mart, B & Q of U.K, Jardine Milk.
E. Exchange of Information on Consumer Products
Speakers: Officials with MOFCOM; representatives from Carrefour, Walmart; Public Relations Manager of Auchan China; Huo Xiaohong, president of the Chamber of Commerce for I/E of Light Industrial Products & Arts and Crafts.
F. Seminar on R & D Center with Foreign Investment
Speakers: Officials with MOFCOM; officials with the Ministry of Science and Technology; multinational representatives.
Contents: Introduction of China's policy on R&D centres with foreign investment; multinational companies will introduce experiences in developing R&D centre.
G. Foreign-Invested Enterprises Liquidation Seminar
Speakers: Representatives from MOFCOM; People's High Court; Beijing Investment Promotion Bureau; Shandong Foreign Trade and Economic Committee.
Contents: Overview of liquidation of foreign-invested enterprises; legal practice of liquidation of enterprises with foreign investment; examples of special liquidation of enterprises with foreign investment in Beijing.
H. Seminar on IPR Protection in Foreign Trade and Investment
Speakers: LeadersfromMOFCOM, State Intellectual Property Protection Bureau, Trade Mark Office, State Administration of Industry and Commerce, National Copyright Administration, General Administration of Customs,
G. Seminar on Trade & Investment Barriers
Speakers: Officials from Bureau of Fair Trade for Import & Export, MOFCOM; lawyers of the office of a certain celebrated US law firm in China.
Opportunities and Challenges -- M & A of Urban Waterworks Funded by Foreign Investors
Speakers: Representatives from relevant provinces or cities.
5. Seminars organized by CIFIT Affiliates and Social Organizations
A. China International Logistics Investment Co-operation Seminar
Speakers: Leaders from MOFCOM; Wang Derong, Executive President of CCTA; Xu Ming, Director General of Suzhou Industrial Park; Zhong Rongqin, Secretary General of Taiwan Logistics Association; representatives from UNDP and ILT; senior representatives from EXEL.
Contents: Status quo of and supporting policies for China's utilization of foreign capital in logistics; China's logistics market and its developing trends; introduction of advanced experiences in the developed countries in terms of policy orientation and corporate management for logistics industry.
B. Round-table Conference on the Co-operation of International Goodwill Chambers of Commerce
Speakers: CEOS or experts from world-renowned chambers of commerce
Contents: The importance of information in investment and trade; using the most authentic and effective information to serve the enterprises; fully utilizing modern information technology to strengthen the exchange between chambers of commerce.
C. Investment Co-operation Forum for International Friendship Cities
Theme: To promote investment and trade between China and the world through friendship cities.
Speakers: Senior representatives from China's international friendship cities.
Contents: introduction by Chinese friendship cities on their economy, culture, education, urban construction, etc, specifically on their investment environment, investment policies, and more importantly, their intention for economic and trade co-operation, with a view to exchanging useful information, deepening mutual understanding, and exploring opportunities for co-operation and common development.

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