Dear Members, Partners and Friends,

 

We are delighted to invite you to a week of (re)discovery of Switzerland's 3rd most important trading partner since 2010: China.

 

Despite being a key market for numerous Swiss companies active in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, precision instruments, watches, machinery or electronics, China remains paradoxically little-known.

 

As its borders have remained almost sealed for 3 years, this fact finding mission aims to provide you insights into its today's business ecosystem and the way in which this country has evolved. More specifically, we aim to show you the opportunities and challenges faced by the 1’000 Swiss companies established in China.

 

At the same time, we'd like to unveil an aspect that is increasingly discussed yet remains mysterious to most: the innovative capacities of companies located in this country - Chinese, of course, but also international companies. Many multinationals, including Swiss ones, have indeed set up R&D centers here: Nestlé, Roche, Novartis, Schindler and ABB to name a few.

 

While according to the Global Innovation Index (GII) published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Switzerland has been the undisputed champion of innovation since 2010, China has been the country filing the highest number of patents since 2019, with a steady increase. In 2021, of the 3.4 million patents filed, 46.6% were filed by China. The same goes for companies: of the 10 companies registering the highest number of patents, 3 are Chinese, including the number 1 position held by Huawei Technologies.

 

Want to find out more and make your own opinion?

 

Then join this fact finding mission that will take you through 3 locomotives of the Chinese economy and innovation: Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. Limited to a maximum of 30 people, we encourage you to register as soon as possible for a program that is above all food for thought!

 

This trip is organized with the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou, the Service of the Economy of the Canton of Neuchâtel (NECO), the Economy of Trust Foundation, Microcity, Alp ICT, the UIG (Union Industrielle Genevoise), P&TS, China Integrated, Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Swiss-Chinese Association – French Speaking Region.

 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our China Market Access Manager Romain Barrabas: romain.barrabas@swisscenters.org or 078/219.41.47.

 

Best regards,

Your Swiss Centers' team

 

Information

 

Target Audience:

·        People whose company already has a presence in China or is considering expanding into the country.

·        People wishing to gain a better understanding and new knowledge of Chinese business ecosystem.

·        People with a general interest and curiosity about China.

 

Date:
November 5 to 12, 2023

Language:
English

 

Registration:
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, cellphone number, nationality AND passport number.

 

Cost of Participating

 

Member price: CHF 6’300.-
Non-member price: CHF 7’000.-



 

Included: All expenses in China, including accommodation, transport, meals and organizational costs.

Non-included: International flights, visa fee (CHF 188.50)

International flight:

For those who are interested, we may be able to negotiate an attractive group price with Air China. The outbound flight would be from Geneva to Shanghai, and from Shenzhen / Hong Kong to Geneva for the return, each time with 1 maximum stopover. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

 

Program*

 

SUNDAY, NOV. 5: ZURICH

Flight Zurich - Shanghai Pudong (LX 188)
13:15 - 08:30
(+1)

 

MONDAY, NOV. 6: SHANGHAI

Morning
Kick-off briefing: (Re)introduction of China’s general environment
- History, Geography and Culture: general overview, similarities and differences
- Political system: influence on the economy and consequences of business opportunities

 

Afternoon
Company visit - Jiading Schindler City
Inaugurated in 2021, it is the head office, R&D and training center of Schindler China, including a 200m test tower.


TUESDAY, NOV. 7: SHANGHAI

Morning
Company visit – DeepBlue Technology
Founded in 2014, DeepBlue Technology has grown into an AI industrial ecology maker in four major AI verticals: intelligent driving, intelligent robot, intelligent industry and intelligent health.

 

Afternoon
Visit of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) and Swiss Centers Booth
The world's first import-themed national-level expo initiated in 2018

 

Evening
Sino-Swiss Business Reception
A key economic event in Shanghai for the Sino-Swiss business community


WEDNESDAY, NOV 8: SHANGHAI - HANGZHOU

Morning
Briefing about Swiss business in China by Swiss Centers and SwissCham
- Discussion about the results of the 2023 Swiss Business in China Survey
- Challenges and opportunities for Swiss companies doing business in/with China
- Roundtable with executives of Swiss companies in China

Visit of the Swiss Centers premises in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

A cluster of 20 Swiss SMEs

 

Afternoon
Visit of a Chinese start-up incubator

Speed train to Hangzhou

 

THURSDAY, NOV 9: HANGZHOU - SHENZHEN

Morning
Company visit - Alibaba Cloud
A Chinese leader in cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

 

Afternoon
Company visit(s) – TBC

 

Evening
Flight to Shenzhen

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 10: SHENZHEN

Morning
Company visit - Tencent Holdings Ltd.
One of the world’s largest internet business, and one the most innovative company in China. It's also the world's largest video game vendor and owner of WeChat.

 

Afternoon
Company visit - BYD Auto Co., Ltd.
Since 2021, BYD is the fourth largest plug-in electric vehicle company in the world
.

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 11: SHENZHEN - HONG KONG

Morning
Company visit - Huawei Ox Horn Campus
The Chinese leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. Huawei has 207,000 employees and operate in over 170 countries and regions, including Switzerland.

 

Afternoon
Train to Hong Kong

 

Evening
Flight Hong Kong - Zurich (LX 139)
22:25 - 06:10
(+1)

*This program is subject to change. If this is the case, visits and/or activities will be replaced by others of the same level and interest.

 

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SWISS CENTERS CHINA 2023

The Swiss Centers are invested and developed by Foundation Swiss Centers, a non-profit foundation registered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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