In this issue of the Bridge, we bring you an exclusive interview with Hiufan Tsang of DKSH, discussing FMCG trends in China and the company’s expectations for the local market.
Another story is devoted to Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Philippe Zwahlen, who is working on the setup of a competence center for neurodiversity and children with autism in China.
Given the many changes in the business environment in the last 12 months, SwissCham Shanghai conducted two surveys to find out how Swiss companies face these challenges. In the first survey, companies say they remain quite positive about the Chinese market and many continue to invest. In the second survey, we looked at the communication between the headquarters in Switzerland and the companies’ leadership teams in China and found that COVID has made its mark there, too.
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The Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and China came into effect in July 2014.
A lot has changed since we published our first edition of the Development Zone Directory back in 2017. But China remains one of the top investment hotspots in the world, despite ongoing trade and other disputes the country faces. While it is true that companies and countries are relocating or building up additional supply chains to lessen their dependence on China, it is also a fact that no other country has the industrial capacity, growing middle class and growth potential.