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China-Singapore Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Financial Summit

Chongqing, 4 Nov 2019  – The China Singapore (Chongqing) Connectivity Initiative Financial Summit was held in Chongqing with the theme Financial Connectivity along the “Belt and Road” ─ Financial Opening and Innovation to Promote the New International Land Sea Trade Corridor.  The summit was co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Bank of China, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange and the Chongqing municipal government, as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

More than 1200 government officials and corporate leaders attended the event.  Distinguished guests include Chongqing mayor and deputy secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Tang Liangzhi, Singapore Minister of Education and Monetary Authority of Singapore board member Ong Ye Kung, Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon, People’s Bank of China Vice President and State Administration of Foreign Exchange Director Pan Gongsheng.

Left to right: Mr Wang Xiao Ping, Chairman of the Board, Chongqing Xian Tao Data Valley Investment Management Co Ltd; Ms Karen Woong, GM, WiseNet Asia Chongqing; Mr Xia Xiu Jun, Director of the Talents Office,Yubei District Committee

During the signing ceremony, a memorandum of agreement was signed between WiseNet Asia, Xian Tao Big Data Digital Valley and Yubei District Office to facilitate talents placements in Chongqing.  WiseNet Asia was represented by Ms Karen Woong, GM, WiseNet Asia Chongqing.

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2nd Western China International Fair for Investment and Trade(WCIFIT)

16 May 2019 –  WiseNet Asia participated in the 2nd Western China International Fair for Investment and Trade in Chongqing to present its Belt and Road HR Solutions. This is the largest trade fair in Western China, and a significant event for Chongqing to carry forward it’s trade opening up through global collaborations.  The trade opening up policy is in line with the Belt and Road Initiative for the Western region.

The 3 days event from May 16 to 18 attracted participants from 95 countries, consisting of 4000 companies and 70,000 visitors. A total of 132 projects with investment value of RMB337.53 billion are signed during the event.

 

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Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Bureau and Singapore Manufacturing Federation Started Initial Discussion on Leveraging of Southern Transport Corridor

 

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28 Feb 2019:  WiseNet Asia facilitated a meeting between Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Bureau, China (CCIB) and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), the aim of the meeting is to create awareness and promote trade in the Southern Transport Corridor to members of SMF.

Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Bureau is represented by Mr Hu Jian Bo, Minister of the Transport & Logistics Promotion Department, CCI.

Singapore Manufacturing Federation is represented by Mr Poh Choon An, Vice President.  Mr Poh is also the Vice Chairman, China and North Asia Business Group, Singapore Business Federation (SBF).  Other attendees from Singapore included Mr Wesley Hui, Executive Director, WiseNet Asia, Mr Chan Fook Seng, Consulting Director, Global Trade Services and several other key figures from each of these entities.

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Left: Mr Hu Jian Bo, Minister of the Transport & Logistics Promotion Department, CCI; Mr Poh Choon An, Vice President, Singapore Manufacturing Federation

The Southern Transport Corridor is an extension of the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI), the 3rd government-to-government joint project between China and Singapore.  Chongqing is the western hub of the Belt and Road Initiative due to its strategic location that connects the “Silk Road Economic Belt”, “21st Century Maritime Silk” and the “Yangtze River Economic Belt”.

The Southern Transport Corridor is a southward trade route of multimodal rail and sea logistics networks.  The Corridor consist of:
– Chongqing-Guizhou-Guangxi-Singapore rail-sea multi-modal logistics passage
– Southward cross-border road passage via the provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou and Guangxi
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With Southern Transport Corridor and the Europe bound north west rail route (YuXinOu), Chongqing is well positioned as the logistics hub for the western region.

Most of the members of Singapore Manufacturing Federation have set ups in countries along the Southern Transport Corridor, hence they will benefit from lower cost of goods sent, and reduced shipping time.  SMF currently has 3000 members; SBF have another 5000 members, members from both associations will be alerted on the new network and its opportunities.

As of to date, not many Singapore companies are aware of the Southern Transport Corridor.  When the faster and lower cost transport networks are fully maximized, the benefits are enormous.  Moving forward, WiseNet Asia will assist companies that intend to expand into Southern China through its strength in business matching and talents management.

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Singapore Chongqing Cross-Border Businesses Representatives Meet with Chongqing Municipal Government Officials to Discuss Business Challenges

12 March 2019 – Representatives from companies that operate in both sides of Chongqing and Singapore met with government officials from the Chongqing Municipal Government to discuss challenges in the course of doing business cross-border. This meeting aims to discuss business issues and possible solutions.

More and more multinationals and SMEs expand their businesses cross-border under the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI), the third government-to-government project between Singapore and China, which was set up in Nov 2015.  Four priority sectors identified for joint development under CCI are financial services, aviation, transport   and   logistics   and   Information   and   Communications Technology (ICT).

This meeting is hosted by Mr Qi Xiao Feng, Deputy Director, Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Bureau.

Other representatives from Chongqing include Mr Deng Hui Lin, Deputy Mayor of Chongqing Municipal Government; Mr Qi Xiao Feng, CCIB Deputy Director; Mr Pang Li Qiang, Municipal Public Security Bureau Criminal Investigation Corps Political Commissar; Mr He Qiang, Director of Chongqing Public Security, Chengdu Railway Public Security Bureau.  Also in the meeting are representatives from Municipal Government Port Logistics, Municipal Public Security Bureau, CCIB, YuXinOu Railway.

The Singapore based companies in Chongqing that have their representatives present are from WiseNet Asia, YCH Group, City Developments Ltd, Vibrant Group Ltd., Fooyo, Business China, FinTech Association.

The Chongqing based companies in Singapore that have their representatives present are from Chongqing International Trade Group, Zomwork, Xinyi Jimao, Shybuild, Dawn Group, Quanneng Pharmaceutical, Singapore Chinese medicine industry,Rong Teng Technology (Nova), Perfect International School, SECC Holdings, Meridian Industries.

The Singapore companies’ feedback on challenges they are facing in doing business in Chongqing, some of these include work permit validity for 1 year, which can be a hassle to renew yearly.  Other areas where the participants requested for improvements include local corporate governance with better clarity, clearer defined legal protection for overseas companies’ investment and joint ventures.

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From left: Wesley Hui, Executive Director, WiseNet Asia and Qi Xiao Feng, Deputy Director, Chongqing Connectivity Initiative Bureau

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