Impacts of China’s 20th National Party Congress on SMEs

  • Date
    27 October 2022
  • Beijing Time
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Online (Zoom)
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The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), one of the highest-profile political events in China, opened in Beijing on 16 October. The Party Congress will set the course for China’s economic and political development for the next five years. While President Xi Jinping is widely expected to continue for the third term, the rest is still up for guessing.

The EU SME Centre and the Italy China Council Foundation are co-organising a webinar to analyse the impacts of the outcomes of the 20th Party Congress to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) doing business or planning to do business with China. Will there be changes to the dynamic zero-COVID policy and travelling restrictions? What measures will the government be adopting to revive the economy? These are some of the questions our experts will be discussing during the webinar.

This webinar analyses the impacts of the outcomes of the China’s 20th National Party Congress to European SMEs doing business or planning to do business with China. Experts from the ICCF, the EU SME Centre, and MERICS will discuss both policy implications and economic implications of the major news resulting from the Party Congress to SMEs.

Join our webinar to:

  • Understand the importance of China’s 20th National Party Congress to the country’s economic and political direction
  • Be informed of the major outcomes of the 20th National Party Congress
  • Analyse the potential impacts of the outcomes of the Party Congress to European SMEs

The webinar will be held in English, and it shall be open to all interested SMEs from EU Member States and from countries participating in the Single Market Programme.

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Agenda (Brussels Time)

10:00 – 10:05 Words of welcome

Introduction: Marco Bettin, ICCF

Presentation of the EU SME Centre: Davide Orlandi, EU Partnerships Coordinator, EU SME Centre

10:05 – 10:25 China, Perspectives on 2023 After the Congress

Alessandro Zadro, Head of Research Department, ICCF

10:25 – 10:45 Impacts of the National Party Congress on EU SMEs in China

Jacob Gunter, Senior Analyst, MERICS

10:45 – 11:00 Q&A Session


Alessandro Zadro, Head of Research Department, Italy China Council Foundation (ICCF)

Alessandro Zadro is Head of Research Department at Italy China Council Foundation (ICCF). Former Program Manager at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, both in Italy and in China, and Business Development Manager for Cercius Group, a geopolitical intelligence and strategic consulting company focused on China. He spent five years between Beijing and Chongqing where he successfully carried out, together with a team from Sant’Anna, a two-year feasibility study for the launch of a series of academic projects in southwestern China. He covers China’s political economy, trade and investment relations between the EU and China. He holds a Master’s in Political Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Master’s in International Relations from Peking University.

Jacob Gunter, Senior Analyst, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Jacob Gunter is a Senior Analyst Economy at MERICS. He brings ten years of experience in China to the role, including the most recent four years as the Lead Pen of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, where he served as the Senior Policy and Communications Manager. He covers China’s political economy, industrial policy, innovation, self-reliance, decoupling, and examines how the EU can better economically compete with China in third markets.

Gunter has a dual Master’s degree in Sinology and International Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and Nanjing University through the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in International Business from the University of Denver Daniel’s College of Business. He has studied and worked in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai and Yuyao, Zhejiang.

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