With the Mayor of Guangzhou

and his delegation

Dear Members, Partners and Friends,


It is with great pleasure that we invite you to Geneva on April 20th for an exclusive and unique opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Guangzhou GUO Yonghang accompanied by a high-level economic and political delegation. 


As China comes out of the pandemic and reconnects with the world, this is a chance for the Swiss business community to (re)establish links with one of the country's most dynamic and attractive economic areas.


It is also an opportunity for Swiss companies, already present in China or planning to expand there, to:

1.        meet a high-level delegation composed of political and business leaders in China and thus create new business opportunities;

2.        learn more about the environment and advantages that Guangzhou offers to foreign companies willing to develop their business there;

3.        and finally, it is a networking and exchange event that promises to be enriching between this high-level delegation and the participants.


Among the members of the delegation accompanying the Mayor include representatives from:

1.        Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Motor): https://www.gac-motor.com/en/index  

2.        Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holding: http://en.gpc.com.cn/  

3.        Yuexiu Group (finance, real estate, F&B, etc.): https://www.yuexiu.com/english/gyyx/  


As the maximum capacity is limited to 100 people, we invite you to register as soon as possible. You will find below the instructions for joining this event.


You will find below the detailed program and other useful information.


This event is supported by the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG) and the Swiss-Chinese Association – French Speaking Region (SRSSC).


If you have any questions and to register, please contact Mr. Romain Barrabas, China Market Access Manager of Swiss Centers: romain.barrabas@swisscenters.org


We are looking forward to welcoming you to this exclusive business meeting.


Kind regards,

The Swiss Centers Group



Supported by



Date & Time:

14:00 – 17:00 April 20th, 2023


Mandarin Oriental Geneva, Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Genève

Meeting room: Rhône I-II-III

Language: English, Chinese



This event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory due to limited capacity. Seating will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Please send an e-mail to Mr. Romain BARRABAS, China Market Access Manager of the Swiss Centers by indicating the following information: Full name, Company name, Job title, Email address, Phone number.



14:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 14:35

Welcome and general introduction

by the MC, Romain BARRABAS, China Market Access Manager of Swiss Centers

14:35 – 14:40

Welcome address from the Republic and State of Geneva

by Michael KLEINER, Economic Development Officer at Directorate General for Economic Development, Research and Innovation

14:40 – 14:45

Opening remarks from the Swiss Centers

by Jean-Jacques DE DARDEL, President of Swiss Centers and Ambassador of Switzerland to China (2014 – 2019)

14:45 – 14:50

Opening remarks from Guangzhou delegation

by GUO Yonghang, Mayor of Guangzhou

14:50 – 14:55

Remarks from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland

By a representative TBC

14:55 – 15:00

Remarks by the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC)

by Alexandre GAILLARD, President of SCCC Romandie Chapter

15:00 – 15:10

Introduction of the general business environment in Guangzhou

by a representative of the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Commerce

15:10 – 15:20

Introduction of the policies and advantages of the Huangpu District

by a representative of the Guangzhou Development District Administrative Committee

15:20 – 15:40

Presentation of 2 foreign companies established in Guangzhou

by a representative of Procter & Gamble and a 2nd company TBC

15:40 – 17:00

Networking session


About Guangzhou

Guangzhou has the third largest number of national high-tech enterprises (over 11’000) and is home to most the province's university personnel and scientific and technological workers. The 2021 White Paper on the Business Environment in China released by the American Chamber of Commerce in South China, confirmed that Guangzhou was the most popular investment destination in the country - the city having held this title for four consecutive years.

Considered as one of the most innovative cities in the world, it is also a city with nearly 20 million inhabitants and therefore as many consumers, capital of the most populated province in China (Guangdong, more than 125 million inhabitants) and part of the Greater Bay Area (GBA): the largest and most populated urban area and among the four largest bay areas in the world, comparable with the bay areas of New York City, Tokyo, and San Francisco.







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