The British Consulate General Chongqing co-hosted the UK-Chongqing Sustainable Business Development Forum with Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Commission and British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) Southwest China on 17 May.This forum was a part of the 16th Chongqing International Global Sourcing Fair, aiming to encourage more companies from the UK and Chongqing to explore further business collaborations.
The forum invited Atkins and Jones Lang LaSalle as British Chamber members and representatives of UK companies with strong business operations in Chongqing to discuss their sustainable business strategies to adapt to the local business environment and identify many opportunities and challenges in Chongqing and West China. Meanwhile, Mr Wu Changjiang, President of NVC Lightings, and Mr Ren Yong of Chongqing Mechanical and Electronic Group were also invited to share their experience and lessons learnt in exploring overseas markets by investing in the UK. Additionally, the Head of UKTI Chongqing, the Chief Representative of Wales Government Office and the board member of BCC Hong Kong each introduced how their respective organisations could support both UK and Chinese companies to expand their business globally.
On the Forum, Head of Trade and Investment Simon Mellon said:
The UK welcomes Chinese investment without barriers from all sectors. UKTI is happy to offer free, UK-wide investment advice and support for local companies in Chongqing.
In the coming month, the CEO of UKTI will lead an Information Communication Technology mission to visit Chengdu to identify genuine opportunities for collaboration with local partners. In late June, members of the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) will also visit both Chongqing and Chengdu. Both of these events will bring further innovation and impetus to a more sustainable business future in Southwest China.