Working Group Meeting: "Beyond The Capitals: Challenges and Opportunities Outside Tier One Cities" EU SME Centre - European Chamber

03 February 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

The China Italy Chamber of Commerce, as leading partner of EU SME Centre, is glad to share the Working Group Meeting: "Beyond The Capitals: Challenges and Opportunities Outside Tier One Cities" organized by the EU SME Centre and the European Chamber, where Mr. Mark Xu and Mr. Ben Rotheram from China-Britain Business Council, and Mr. Kyle Freeman from Dezan Shira & Associates will give professional insights into the practicalities of operating within China’s non-capital cities and outline the challenges and opportunities for European companies. 

The meeting will take place offline at the European Chamber Beijing office on the 8th February from 15:00-17:00. Online access will be offered to members not able to attend in person. 

In recent years, Chinese professionals and young graduates are flowing into “new first-tier” or second-tier cities such as Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou; high-tech companies have been proliferating in 35 major cities besides Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou; manufacturing industries have been relocated from first-tier cities to their neighbouring areas...The areas beyond the biggest and most developed cities are undergoing rapid expansion with vast improvements in infrastructure, transportation, education, employment and standards of living, thus playing a significant role in China’s economic transformation. How can EU SMEs benefit from China's diverse zones and regions outside tier-one cities? What are the differing characteristics, business environments and preferential policies within the new Pilot Free Trade Zones and the Economic and Technological Development Zones? 


15:00 - 15:30 : Registration and networking (offline)

15:30 - 15:40: Opening remarks

15:40 - 16:30: Panel discussion

16:30 - 17:00: Q&A session


If you would like to join this meeting, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Susana Xu at indicating whether you would like to join online or offline before Friday, 5th February COB.

For more information click HERE.

Kind Regards,



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