Call for Speakers and Panelists: Business Prospects for European SMEs in China in 2023

17 January 2023

The EU SME Centre and the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce (CICC) are looking for speakers for our upcoming hybrid seminar Business Prospects for European SMEs in China in 2023. The seminar will be held on 16 February, starting from 4:00 PM (China Time) in Guangzhou and online via Zoom.

The first part of the seminar will focus on the possible impacts of lifting of the zero-COVID policy on China’s economy and what European Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) can realistically expect from doing business with China in 2023.

The second part of the seminar will be a panel discussion on SME experience sharing; SMEs from various sectors will discuss how the removal of COVID restrictions impacts their business activities and what they expect from 2023 in terms of business confidence and market access.

For the first part of the seminar, we are looking for 2 speakers to cover the following two presentations:
– The current state of play of China’s economy and outlook for 2023;
– The expected impacts of lifting of COVID restrictions in China to EU SMEs doing business with China.
Each presentation, of a duration of 20 minutes, will be held in English.

For the panel discussion, we are looking for 2 to 3 SMEs willing to share their business confidence in the China market and their expectations for 2023. The topic of the discussion will be “SME Business Confidence: What Will 2023 Bring?
The panel discussion will also be held in English.

Selection Criteria
The selection of the speakers will be made according how relevant the proposals are to the topics outlined. For the panel discussion, SMEs will be given priority.
As this is a hybrid event, presenters based in Guangzhou and able to give a presentation onsite will be given priority. Online presentations are also welcome.

Please note: this is an informative event. The speakers shall not promote personal material.

Application process
Please send your proposal and speaker profile to helika.jurgenson@eusmecentre.org.cn and ccicmanagergz@cameraitacina.com by 8 February 2023. Please indicate clearly whether you are applying to present in the first part as a speaker or in the second part as a panelist.

About the EU SME Centre
The EU SME Centre (www.eusmecentre.org.cn) is an EU-funded initiative that provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European SMEs, getting them ready to do business in China. Collaborating with external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and experience into practical business tools and services easily accessible online.

From first-line advice to in-depth technical solutions, we offer services through:
Knowledge Centre: Over 200 comprehensive market reports, guidelines and case studies available to download from our website.

Advice Centre: Saving your time, money and providing reassurance that you have the right information to support your business decisions. European SMEs can send queries to our experts for free first-line assistance through the Ask-the-Expert service.
Training Centre: Offering training programmes both face-to-face and online to plug the knowledge and skills gaps of SMEs entering the China market.
SME Advocacy Platform: Providing a coherent, consistent and consolidated voice for European small businesses in China.

About the CICC
The China-Italy Chamber of Commerce (CICC) is the only business organisation recognised by both the Italian Government (Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy) and People’s Republic of China (Ministry of Civil Affairs) that aims to boost the internationalisation of Italian business and to promote the “Made in Italy” in the PRC.

Established in 1991, CICC has now offices in Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Suzhou.

The CICC Members (over 800 Members and Friends until December 2021) represent the Italian business community such as public-invested and multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (both manufacturing and commercial), service companies etc.

To companies settled in China and those with on-going business within the Chinese market, the CICC offers informative, training and business networking opportunities. Besides, the CICC qualifies itself as a voicing platform for them to share topics of common interest. To companies interested in strengthening their business in China, the CICC offers consultancy, assistance and marketing services.

The established network together with the institutional endorsement provided the CICC with the opportunities to organise several activities boosting private businesses, b2b, institutional and business missions, participation to fairs both in China and in Italy, networking events, gala dinners, awarding ceremonies, culinary events, concerts, career days, etc.

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