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Financial Innovation & Opening Forum 2018 – 2nd Switzerland-China (Hebei) Innovation Summit

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SwissCham Beijing is delighted to invite you to the

中国瑞士商会诚挚邀请您
DATE / 时间

Tuesday 24 July 18:00 – 20:30 & Wednesday 25 July 8:00 – 12:00
2018年7月24号 (周二) 18:00 – 20:30 – 7月25号 (周三) 8:00 – 12:00

LOCATION / 地点
Shijiazhuang Project Museum / 天山规划城市展览馆

Dear Members and Friends of SwissCham,

On behalf of the Organizers, we are glad to invite you to the Financial Innovation & Opening Forum 2018 -2nd Switzerland-China (Hebei) Innovation Summit. Following last year’s series of in-depth conversations on the key drivers and dynamics shaping innovation, the Switzerland-China (Hebei) Innovation Summit returns to Shijiazhuang from 24 to 25 July, 2018. As Hebei has become the center of Jingjinji integration, in this year’s edition the Forum will bring together over 50 professionals and industry experts from financial business, government and academia to discuss, debate and explore the challenges and opportunities presented by financial innovation and opening in China.

With best regards,

Your SwissCham Team

HOST
Hebei Capital Research Association
Embassy of Switzerland in China

ORGANIZER
Hebei Youth Daily
Sinoglade International Consulting Co., Ltd.

PANEL DISCUSSION

1. Financial Opening – What are the Growth Market Opportunities and how is Hebei positioning itself as a Center for Financial Innovation?
At the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan on April 10, President XI Jinping reaffirmed that China will further open up its economy—notably including the financial sector—to foreign players. According to FANG Xinghai, Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, Chinese finance will increasingly displace Chinese manufacturing as a major driver of shifting global economic patterns. Against this backdrop and China’s growing wealth, XIAO Zhen, President of Swiss Centers China, will shed light on growth market opportunities in China as well as Hebei’s unique role and potential to become a financial innovation powerhouse.

2. Joint Pursuits – What are the Competitive Advantages of Hebei and Swiss Enterprises and how can they capitalize on Growth together?
As financial opening is expected to gather momentum, Hebei has been pressing ahead with a reform agenda and targets to increase mixed ownership and ensure free access to various types of capital. But how can companies pivot in the right direction to capture the resulting growth market opportunities? The answer to that question may lie in the joint pursuit of business objectives. In this session, LIU Wanling, President of the Hebei Reform Strategy Research Committee, will bring out the competitive advantages and distinct strengths of Hebei and Swiss companies and how they could effectively capitalize on growth together.

3. Looking Ahead – Will Value Tailwinds accompany the rapid Growth of Technology Enterprises in Emerging Markets?
On April 21, the National Equities Exchange and Quotations system announced the signing of a memorandum with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, opening the door for more Mainland enterprises to apply for IPOs. But do the buzz and hype surrounding the listing of innovative and new technology companies go beyond higher valuations and improved liquidity? Will the rapid growth of these firms and their access to larger pools of capital transform the emerging market landscape as we know it and create new value and new value propositions in the future? SHI Yuqiang, Chief Economist of the Hebei Research Committee, explores this further.

AGENDA

24 July 2018

18:00 – 18:45Welcome by the Swiss Ambassador
H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China
18:50 – 20:30Cocktail Banquet and Dinner (60 guests, exclusively invited by the hosts)

25 July 2018

08:00 – 08:50Registration
08:55 – 09:00Forum Opening
XIAO Zhen, President, Swiss Centers China
LI Hongyu, CEO, Sinoglade International Consulting Co,.Ltd.
09:00 – 09:05Opening Speech
H.E. Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Ambassador of Switzerland to the People’s Republic of China
09:05 – 09:55Panel Discussion 1: Financial Opening – What are the Growth Market Opportunities and how is Hebei positioning itself as a Center for Financial Innovation?
09:55 – 10:10Coffee break
10:10 – 11:00Panel Discussion 2: Joint Pursuits – What are the Competitive Advantages of Hebei and Swiss Enterprises and how can they capitalize on Growth together?
11:00 – 11:50Panel Discussion 3: Looking Ahead – Will Value Tailwinds accompany the rapid Growth of Technology Enterprises in Emerging Markets?
11:50 – 12:00Closing Remarks

Registration

Ms. Cindra WANG
+86 10 8468 3982
assistant@bei.swisscham.org

More Information

Ms. Cindra WANG
+86 10 8468 3982
assistant@bei.swisscham.org

RSVP

In case you need to cancel your attendance to the event, please write an email to events@bei.swisscham.org
at least 24 hours prior to the event. Failure to cancel your RSVP timely will require the payment of a “no show bill” of the full amount stated in this invitation.  You can reach us as well by telephone:
+86 10 8468 3982

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History

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The Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) is a non-profit Swiss organization, originally founded in Zürich in 1980 by Dr. Uli Sigg – former Ambassador of Switzerland to China – and a group of business professionals. Its two main goals are to promote commercial relations between Switzerland and China and strengthen the political and economical bonds between the two governments and institutions. Given the exponential economical growth of China following Deng Xiaoping’s reforms, SCCC, in 1995, opened two new branches in Geneva and Lugano.

In 1996, SwissCham China, a non-profit organization, was founded with the opening of its first office in Beijing, which gave the Chamber a new dimension and scope for cooperation, business activities, strengthening the Sino-Swiss bonds and provide a platform for local Swiss and Chinese business people inside China. In 1997, a liaison office was established in Shanghai, as well as another liaison office opened 2006 in Guangzhou and 2019 in Chongqing.

In 2001, SwissCham China became a completely independent entity from SCCC and today – it is the only Swiss Chamber of Commerce to be officially registered with the Chinese government. All three liaison offices work in close collaboration to serve best the interests of the Swiss business community in China.

Actual and previous Chairmen of SwissCham China, and Presidents of the Regional Boards of Directors:

ChairmanPresidents
2021/2022Martin MuellerMarco Bollier (BEI)
Joe Liu (SHA)
Stefan Stalder (GZ)
2020/2021Martin MuellerSamuel Baumgartner (BEI)
Joe Liu (SHA)
Stefan Omlin (GZ)
2019/2020Rene Forster
Martin Mueller
Samuel Baumgartner (BEI)
Alfonso Troisi (SHA)
Bruno Stauffacher (GZ)
2018/2019Rene ForsterSamuel Baumgartner (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Philip Kinseher (GZ)
2017/2018Rene ForsterSamuel Baumgartner (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Philip Kinseher (GZ)
2016/2017Daniel MeyerBernie Stefan (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Philip Kinseher (GZ)
2015/2016Daniel MeyerBernie Stefan (BEI)
Alberto Bertoz (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2014/2015Martin WagnerPeter Troesch (BEI)
Andreas Luchsinger (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2013/2014Martin WagnerPeter Troesch (BEI)
Andreas Luchsinger (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2012/2013Urs CalonderPeter Troesch (BEI)
Andreas Luchsinger (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2011/2012Urs CalonderPeter Troesch (BEI)
Ernst Roth (SHA)
Rene Forster (GZ)
2010/2011Christian GuertlerPeter Troesch (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Urs Calonder (GZ)
2009/2010Christian GuertlerPeter Troesch (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Urs Calonder (GZ)
2008/2009John LiebeskindJohn Liebeskind (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Marc Aeschlimann (GZ)
2007/2008Cyrill EltschingerJohn Liebeskind (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Marc Aeschlimann (GZ)
2006/2007Cyrill EltschingerJohn Liebeskind (BEI)
Christian Guertler (SHA)
Marc Aeschlimann (GZ)
2005/2006Christian GuertlerJohn Liebeskind (BEI)
Zhanbing Ren (SHA)
 2006: Creation of Guangzhou Office
2004/2005Christian GuertlerCyrill Eltschinger (BEI)
Zhanbing Ren (SHA)
2003/2004Cyrill Eltschinger (BEI)
Zhanbing Ren (SHA)
2002/2003Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Peter Marti (SHA)
2001/2002Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Peter Marti (SHA)
2001: SwissCham China officially independent from SCCC
2000/2001Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Peter Marti (SHA)
1999/2000Urs Buchmann (BEI)
Hans U. Dätwyler (SHA)
1998/1999Peter Ringele (BEI)
1997/1998Christian Stauffer (BEI)
1996/1997Silvie Seidlitz (BEI)
 1997: Creation of Shanghai Office
1996/1997
1996: Creation of SwissCham China, Office in Beijing
1980: Creation of Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC)
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Zurich Insurance’s Asia Plans

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Zurich Insurance is contemplating how to get bulk back up in China after dumping subsidiary New China Life five years ago. What are the Swiss insurer’s plans?

Switzerland’s largest insurer has blown hot and cold in Asia and China in recent years. The insurer’s top man in Asia, Jack Howellhas made clear that Zurich is keen to jump back into the mainland China market, a full five years after offloading New China Life.

The remarks represent a pledge to remain in Asia, after reports that Zurich was seeking a partial or full exit. Does Zurich view the 2013 sale as a mistake, then? Not exactly, according to Zurich Chairman Michel Liès.

«If you have an outstanding portfolio, but you can’t establish or deepen contact with your clients, then a sale is an option,» he told Swiss daily «Neue Zuercher Zeitung» (in German, behind paywall).

Drop in Bucket

Zurich has been a quiet acquirer, snapping up Macquarie’s retail life insurance protection arm in Australia, MAA Takaful Berhad, a sharia insurance business in Malaysia, and Cover-More, an Australian travel insurer.

Last year, Zurich posted a more than 42 percent drop in pre-tax profit in property and casualty insurance to $155 million when reserves from previous years fell away. Its life business hiked profit by more than 73 percent to $132 million. For comparison, Zurich’s overall pre-tax profit is $3.8 billion.

While Howell told the «South China Morning Post» in January that Zurich would love to get back into China, Liès said that Asia is more than the economic juggernaut. «China is a key part of our strategy in Asia, but it isn’t the only market we’re looking at.»

Entree via Tie-Up

Liès wasn’t pushed on specifics, but Zurich has more blank spots on the Asian business map than rivals such German insurer Allianz. The Swiss insurer grabbed ANZ’s insurance arm in Australia earlier this year, a move which underscored its determination to grow in the region.

«Of course we want to build up a cooperation in China in order to get closer to clients», Liès said. The insurer is heavily skewed to Europe and North America, but has been slower to expand in hot markets like Latin America or Asia. Zurich would prefer to enter an Asian market via acquisition or distribution tie-up, Liès signaled in the interview.

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