The China Entrepreneur Club (CEC), an association bringing together 46 influential companies in China, has been on a visit to Belgium since Sunday evening, meeting heads of Walloon companies active in fields including logistics, pharmaceuticals, energy, sustainable development and agrifoods.
“This mission to Europe is very important for the CEC, its president, Liu Chuanzhi explained. China, like Europe, is undergoing a difficult time and we are hoping to identify strategies to address this situation. Here in Belgium, we have had the opportunity both to evaluate potential investments and familiarise ourselves with the social contract concept”.
The Minister-President of the Walloon region, Rudy Demotte, and his deputy and Minister of the Economy, Jean-Claude Marcourt, have also declared themselves well satisfied with the concrete links forged during this visit. “Exchanges between Wallonia and China have continued to grow, and our ambition is to continue on this path” Mr Demotte commented. “These meetings have enabled us to put Wallonia back on the map fas far as Chinese companies are concerned. We have received a lot of requests from entrepreneurs which the Walloon Export Agency (Awex) will now consider”, Mr Marcourt added.
The CEC visited GSK before meeting the president of the European Commission, José Barroso.
Among the visiting CEC members are the heads of the Fosun conglomerate, Mengniu (dairy products), Lenovo (IT), Alibaba (online commerce), Delong (steel industry), Sina (social media network) together with managers of banks and investment companies. The CEC generates a combined turnover of 40% of China’s private GDP, slightly less than 20% of the wealth produced in the country.
According to RTL.be – 24/06/2013