From the editor: We hope you will be happy to read this second issue of our EUCBA Bulletin. We open this issue with an interview with Mr. Bart De Smet, Chief Executive Officer of AGEAS, on his company’s activities in China and developments in China’s insurance market. China’s population is rapidly ageing, creating challenges for the government, but also opportunities for foreign businesses.
At the same time, the group of high-net worth individuals is also growing, requiring new investment products. AGEAS has also become a Member of the EU-China Investor Council.
Mr Daniel Rosario, European Commission Spokesperson for Trade, is interviewed about the current status of trade and investment relations between the European Union and China. Next are two interesting speeches, the first one by EU Trade Commissioner Mrs. Cecilia Malmström on the EU-China partnership, which she delivered at a luncheon in Brussels, organized by the EUCCC, BusinessEurope and
EUCBA. The following speech by the Chinese Ambassador to the European
Union, H.E. Yang Yanyi, was organized by the EU-China Business Association
for a limited number of European companies.
We also focus on a new report by the European Chamber on the vexing problem of overcapacity in China. In Beijing, H.E. Hans-Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the EU to China, and H.E. Ron Keller, Ambassador of the Netherlands to China, outlined the priorities for the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. As usual we conclude our bulletin with a round-up of Europe-China news items.
We would also like to mention that the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business has become a strategic partner of the EUCBA.