Sino-European cooperation starts a new journey in Foshan

Foshan China & Nanfang Plus 2017-09-14

On September 13, the 2017 China (Guangdong)-Europe Investment and Innovation Cooperation Conference co-held by Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province, Foshan municipal government and Shunde district government was grandly unveiled in Sino-German Industrial Services Zone.



Government officials of Guangdong Province, EU ambassadors to China, representatives of related organizations of European countries to China, and enterprise seniors from more than 30 Fortune Global 500 companies and industry leading companies attended the conference. Representatives from over 120 European enterprises and 200 Guangdong enterprises took part in the themed activities and communications.


This conference focuses on the joint of Made in China 2025 and European Industry 4.0, which includes themed conference, CEO round-table meeting, symposiums, enterprise joint, investment investigation, etc. It promotes the deep communication between European enterprises and Foshan enterprises with global innovative resources and business opportunities.


Building the Sino-European cooperation and communication platform


As an important manufacturing base in China and a city with high import and export volume in Guangdong Province, driven by key projects, Foshan is promoting real economy to walk out and actively participating in the construction of Belt and Road Initiatives, depending on two main platforms, Sino-German Industrial Services Zone and EU-China Urbanization Cooperation Demonstration Zone.


In 2016:

The gross export of Foshan to countries and regions along Belt and Road Initiatives is 107.64 billion yuan ($16.44 bn), increasing by 13.6%.

The gross import from Europe reaches 55.95 billion yuan ($8.55 bn), which takes up 7.2% of total volume of foreign trade between Guangdong and Europe.


In the first half of year of 2017:

The actual financing of Europe in Foshan reaches $41.8 million.

The total new investment of Foshan and Europe is $3.97 billion, growing at a high rate on year-on-year basis.


"This conference concentrates on the Sino-EU cooperation and communication, which is an important measure of Guangdong accelerating cooperation with Europe. Foshan will take this opportunity and build a global high-end innovative cluster, making contributions to the development and cooperation between Guangdong and Europe. said Lu Yi, Secretary of the CPC Foshan Municipal government.


Three batches of projects successfully signed at the conference


At the conference, three batches of projects on Sino-EU companies’ cooperation were signed, which covers multiple fields such as intelligent manufacturing, biological medicine, urbanization cooperation, etc.



Well-known Guangdong and European entrepreneurs discussed Sino-EU cooperation


Combined with the development experience in Guangdong, Thomas Schmitz, CEO of Andritz (China) Co Ltd pointed out the opportunities brought by close cooperation between enterprise and thelocal government and the advantages of setting up its headquarter in Foshan.


Gu Yanmin, vice president of Midea Group and president of board of supervisors of KUKA Group took Mideas acquisition of KUKA as an example, and discussed the general direction of Sino-EU cooperation and Mideas development strategies in globalization, overseas localization, global standardization and local differentiation.


Vice president of SAP in Greater China region Xie Yanqi shared the robot learning trend and the commercial value brought by it.


Chen Heping, executive vice president of Amer International Group also talked about the corporates important experience in Sino-EU cooperation.


In the afternoon, there were five themed symposiums about intelligent manufacturing, biological medicine, green smart city and urbanization, and investing in European market.


The 2017 Biological Medicine International Investment and Cooperation Seminar


Today (Sept. 14), the host will also take the guests to investigate Guangdong (Tanzhou) International Convention and Exhibition Center and the headquarter of Midea Group so that they can know more about the investment environment of Shunde District.