The British Chamber of Commerce in China and China-Britain Business Council are delighted to invite UK companies to join a half-day visit to Tianjin, where we are cooperating with the Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone authorities to host a seminar introducing new business opportunities to UK attendees.
At the seminar we will look at opportunities for innovation via the FTZ platform, focusing on the specialist areas of the Dongjiang port zone: financial services, cross-border e-commerce, vehicle imports, transit trade and import sales. We very much encourage members in these fields, as well as anyone else keen to learn more and to make contacts in Tianjin, to join the visit. Transport by high-speed rail has been arranged and attendance at the seminar is free of charge. Please see the schedule below.
Tianjin Dongjiang Free Trade Port Zone (DFTP) was approved by the State Council on 31 August 2006. It is northern China’s main international shipping and logistics hub, and is being developed into a free trade port. Dongjiang port, located in the north-east of the Tianjin port, contains a terminal operation zone, a logistics processing zone and a comprehensive service zone. Each has a particular function and covers an area of 10 square kilometres. It is under special customs supervision and enjoys different policies from inland cities. Its 7,300 registered tenants include shipping and logistics (1,124), trade (3,115), financing and leasing (1,818) and commercial insurance (167) companies.
12:45 G187 high-speed train from Beijing South to Tianjin
13:21 Group transfer from Tianjin station to Renaissance Tianjin Lakeview Hotel
14:30 Welcome note – Zhang Yong, Governor, Binhai New Area
14:35 Welcome note – Nick Low, Outreach Counsellor, British Embassy
14:40 Introduction of Dongjiang FTZ – Shen Lei, Director, Administrative Commission of Tianjin Pilot Free Trade Zone
14:55 Introduction of CBBC and its free trade zone research – Kirk Wilson, Executive Director, and Junchao Zhang, Assistant Director of Research, CBBC
15:10 Dongjiang FTZ Case Studies (15 minutes each)
- Innovation in foreign currency work – SPD Bank
- Taking advantage of FTZ policy for better development – ICBC Leasing
- Business matching between e-commerce companies and manufacturers and traders – Suning or JD.com
- Operational models of import direct sales outlets – Dongjiang FTZ
16:10 Panel discussion: Sino-UK Cooperation in Innovation via FTZ Platform
- Policy and geographical advantages of Tianjin FTZ
- UK expertise
- How the FTZ can help brands enter the Chinese market
- Women leaders across different cultures
17:00 Networking dinner
17:40 Group transfer to Tianjin railway station
19:08 G164 train to Beijing South (arrives 19:49)
Attendees who prefer not to travel with us on the services above may make their own way to the hotel.
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
Fees & Registration
The seminar is free of charge. Transport is arranged if required on the services shown above but participants should cover the train fare themselves.
Please contact Serena Li at the address above to book your place.