Now it is the very 55th anniversary for the establishment of diplomatic relation between China and France as the two countries enters a new era of close and lasting strategic partnership in all aspects. Chengdu is the key region of Sino-French cooperation. Over the years, the two sides have made new breakthroughs in industrial and cultural cooperation, with a foreseeable future.
From September 23 to 27, 2019 Chengdu International Business Experience Trip (Session 4) will be officially launched. More than 30 senior managers from SMEs, influential trade associations and social institutions having core competitiveness and broad market prospects in France will conduct in-depth research and investigation in Chengdu to seek new opportunities for cooperation.
Chengdu International Business Trip welcomes new French visitors
In 2019, a chain of activities under the Experience Trip have attracted distinguished guests from Germany, ASEAN and Europe. This time, we also have more than 30 guests from France. During the five-day event, they will study in the inspection tour to understand the current situation of Chengdu’s urban and industrial development, to urge French enterprises to be linked with Chengdu in many ways, such as resources, markets, and projects. In doing this, they are able to propel exchanges and cooperation between Chengdu and France to a new level.
On the morning of the 24th day, the leaders of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government came to greet French guests, who were accompanied by the responsible persons of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Commerce, Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio & Television, and Tourism, Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Education and other relevant departments.
In the opening ceremony, Li Xiaoyong, Deputy Director of Chengdu Minicipal Bureau of Commerce, said that Chengdu as a Chinese central city has actively promoted cooperation between Chinese and French enterprises. Especially under the the care and guidance by the State Ministry of Commerce and relevant provincial and municipal departments over the years, some preliminary results have been accomplished in promoting the construction of the Sino-French Ecopark. To be specific, the planning system of the park has been continuously improved; the project attraction of the park has gained positive results; the opening and cooperation of the park continues to deepen; and the promotion mechanism of the park is constantly enhanced.
Going forward, Pi Dayun, Deputy Director of Management Committee of Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone and Director of Management Committee of Chengdu Sino-French Ecopark, delivered a speech. On the other hand, Yang Liang, Executive Deputy Director of Management Committee of Chengdu Sino-French Ecopark, gave a promotional introduction to the Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone and the Sino-French Ecopark.
Robin Saby, manager of ADEN Chengdu F4.0, said that Chengdu as a gateway city in western China plays an important strategic role. Based on the Chengdu Sino-French Ecopark, France and Chengdu have launched a series of cooperation and exchanges campaigns. ADEN will work closely with the Ecopark to use digital tools to manage the eco-city. It will also work with global partners to provide sustainable solutions, build mutually beneficial ecosystems and launch replicable pilot projects.
Jean-Pierre Palier, Chairman of China of ONTPE, said that ONTPE is committed to providing support to member enterprises that are willing to develop their business and spot new business opportunities at the international level. By next April, the International SMEs Alliance Exhibition and Trade Fair will be expected to be held in Chengdu and Chongqing to further facilitate the exchange and cooperation between SMEs of France and Chengdu.
Inspect the development of Chengdu’s automobile industry in the first station
France is the second largest automobile producer in Europe and one of the pillars of the global automotive industry. In Chengdu, there is also a world-class “Automobile City”. Longquanyi District is the core of Chengdu’s “Eastward Development” strategy, and it is also the place for Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone. Over the years, it has focused on the development of the automobile industry and has become a world-class automobile industry city worthy of its reputation.
On the afternoon of the 24th day, French guests visited the Volvo Experience Center, the world’s first brand experience center set up by Volvo outside Sweden. Volvo had its first Chinese manufacturing base stationed in Chengdu in 2011, which has now become one of the core hubs for export to the global market. In July 2019, Volvo XC60 T6 and T8 plug-in hybrid models produced by Chengdu manufacturing base arrived in Belgium through the China-Europe express train (Chengdu) and were sucessfully sold to 25 countries like France, Britain and Italy.
The delegation also went on an inspection tour to FAW-Volkswagen Chengdu Factory. This is an important carrier of FAW Group’s southwest development strategy, as well as an important plan of Volkswagen’s global strategy in Germany. The production line is one of the welding production lines with leading domestic pace, leading production capacity and leading technology. It provides higher production flexibility and stronger quality control ability, so that “Made-in-Chengdu” will come into the international sight.
At the DPCA Chengdu Factory, workers are busy assembling the vehicle body on the assembly line, constantly updating the “Chengdu Speed” in terms of automobile manufacturing. The Factory was put into production since October 2016 and it has completed the commercial production of three new high-end models. This year, the export of the vehicle is expected to exceed 10,000.
It is reported that during the five-day experience, French guests will continue to visit the modern agricultural demonstration base of Sino-French Ecopark – Weiran Flower Sea, Luodai Boke Town, Qingbaijiang Railway Port, China-Europe Center, Kuanzhai Alley, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and so on.
Chengdu International Business Experience Trip, planned by Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Commerce, aims to build a bridge for communication and cooperation between Chengdu and the world, and to promote the construction of Chengdu City as an an international gateway hub and a leading area of opening-up in the inland regions. This business experience trip for “French Session” will focus on the international business climate in Chengdu, and endeavor to attract excellent French enterprises to invest and start business. Furthermore, it also assists “Made-in-Chengdu” products in going global.