GM Roundtable Risk Analysis and Developing Phases of SME in China

  • Date
    07 December 2017 - 07 December 2017
  • Beijing Time
    4:00 PM - 5:40 PM
  • Venue
    European Chamber Office Beijing - Shanghai Room C411A, Beijing Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Beijing, 100125 - Unit 2204, Shui On Plaza, 333 Huai Hai Zhong Road, Shanghai 北京市朝阳区亮马桥路50号燕莎中心写字楼C411A室 - 上海市淮海中路333号瑞安广场2204室
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We are pleased to invite you to the upcoming Inter-Chamber SME Working Group meeting which will take place under the format of GM Roundtable on Thursday, 7th December, starting at 16:00 at the European Chamber’s offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

At this meeting, we will have the pleasure to welcome Mr Rafael Jimenez Buendia, Senior Business Development Advisor at the EU SME Centre; Mr Francois Bernard, CEO at FJA & Partners and Ms Joanne Wood, Founder and Chairman at Capital Eight. Mr Rafael Jimenez will set the scene of the GM Roundtable by presenting the kind of enquiries received by the EU SME Centre in regards to developing a business in China and how they have helped with this matter. Then Mr Francois Bernard will be presenting on risk analysis and his experience in China. Finally, Ms Joanne Wood will share her experience in China and the different development phases of her company in China and the challenges they had to overcome.

Tentative Agenda

16:00-16:05 Opening remarks and introduction of the EU SME Centre

16:05-16:20 Presentation by Mr Rafel Jimenez Buendia, Senior Business Development Advisor at the EU SME Centre

16:20-16:35 Presentation by Mr Francois Bernard, CEO at FJA & Partners

16:35-16:50 Presentation by Ms Joanne Wood, Founder & Chairman at Capital Eight

16:50-17:30 Roundtable discussion

17:30-17:40 Closing remarks

Registration and Cancellation

This seminar is open to European small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and SME intermediary organisations such as embassies or consulates, chambers of commerce and trade associations only. If you would like to attend, please send register with Mr ZHAO Yifang ( indicating whether you will attend in Beijing or Shanghai and cc Ms Sio-Mei NG ( and Mr Xavier-Lluis Sans Powell (

About Inter-Chamber SME Working Group

The Inter-Chamber Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Working Group was established in 2014 as a new advocacy element of EU SME Centre Phase II with the objective of strengthening advocacy for EU SMEs. The Inter-Chamber SME Working Group is based on the existing Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Forum of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, bringing together European SMEs and creating a strong channel to express concerns and report challenges they face in conducting business in China.

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