Insights to China’s 13th Five-Year-Plan | EU SME Centre Advocacy Policy Meeting

  • Date
    16 March 2016 - 16 March 2016
  • Beijing Time
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    THE WESTIN BEIJING CHAOYANG, Chaoyang Ballroom 7 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
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This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase II including embassies or consulates only.

The EU SME Centre and European Union Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to join the next Policy Meeting which will take place on 16thMarch 2016, 15:00PM-17:00PM.

At this meeting we will have the honour and pleasure to welcome Mr. Tom Rafferty, Lead Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit and Mr. Bruce Fu, Director of APCO Worldwide to speak about 13th Five-Year-Plan. This meeting is exclusively open to EU SME Centre Phase II Consortium partners & Stakeholders.


14:45PM-15:00PM Registration & Networking

15:00PM-15:10PM Opening remarks by Mrs. Maggie Xie, General Manager, European Union Chamber of Commerce

15:10PM-15:40PM Presentation Mr. Tom Rafferty, Lead Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit

  • Key policy outcomes of the two sessions and their significance
  • Why is 6.5% annual economic growth until 2020 so important and how realistic is it?
  • Which sectors and regions are set to prosper & which will struggle under the 13th 5YP?
  • The EIU’s outlook for China over the next five years

15:40PM-16:10PM Presentation Mr. Bruce Fu, Director, APCO Worldwide: The 13 Five Year Plan- What are drivers of the growth and the implications for foreign business?

16:10PM-16:40PM Panel Discussion, Moderator Dr.Lance Noble, European Union Chamber of Commerce

16:40PM-17:00PM Q&A

Speaker Bio

Tom Rafferty, Lead Analyst, The Economist Intelligence Unit China Policy

Tom is a Beijing-based analyst for The Economist Intelligence Unit, focusing on the complex changes that China’s economy and politics are undergoing. He is responsible for the EIU’s day-to-day analysis of developments in China, evaluating their significance for clients, and devises the forecasts that underpin the EIU’s flagship reports for the country. Tom also contributes to coverage of other major economies in Asia and works with the EIU’s Access China service, which offers unrivalled analytical coverage of China’s provinces and cities. He is a frequent commentator in the international media and gives regular presentations to clients, as well as at external conferences and seminars.

Tom has a history of engagement with China. He relocated to Beijing from the EIU’s London office in 2014, having previously studied Chinese at Peking University and held a research fellowship at its Centre for International and Strategic Studies. Tom has also been a researcher in the UK Parliament, where he managed the All-Party Parliamentary China Group, and has worked for the China-Britain Business Council and Oxford Analytica.

Tom holds an MPhil in International Relations and a BA in Modern History, both from the University of Oxford. He has published on various subjects in relation to China, both inside and outside the EIU, including on leadership politics, the future of manufacturing and business opportunities in regional cities.

Bruce Fu, Director, APCO Worldwide

Bruce Fu is a director in APCO Worldwide’s based in Beijing. He has a deep knowledge of China’s technical standards, IPR, and competition-related issues in the ICT sector. At APCO, Mr. Fu provides clients with counsel on government relations building, operations management, stakeholder engagement and market entry strategy.

Prior to joining APCO, Mr. Fu was a business manager at the European Chamber, where he worked closely with the European telecommunications industry by lobbying China’s telecommunications policies and regulations. He worked closely with ICT Working Group members on telecommunications regulatory policies and TBT/Standards. He also directly engaged with Chinese authorities such as MOFCOM, SAIC, and NDRC on antitrust issues related to implementing rules of Chinese anti-monopoly law.

Mr. Fu currently serves as the Vice Chair of ICT Working Group of EU Chamber of Commerce in China. He obtained master’s degrees in European studies and European modern history from the Catholic University of Leuven. He is fluent in English and Chinese and speaks intermediate French.

Meeting Registration and Cancellation

This is a closed meeting open to consortium partners management and relevant stakeholders of EU SME Centre Phase II including embassies or consulates only.

If you meet the criteria and would like to attend, please send your information to Erica Wang, with subject line and your informationby COB 15th Tuesday.

You will receive a confirmation email.Maximum of two representatives from each stakeholder are allowed.

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