Nick Debnam, Partner, KPMG China; James Mckeogh, Director, KPMG China
Online and mobile shopping for luxury products has exploded in China, while smartphone penetration continues to grow at a rapid pace, according to a recent survey by KPMG. The survey, titled – China’s Connected Consumers - analyses responses from 10,200 luxury consumers in China on their online spending patterns. It highlights the rise of online transactions, as well as the increasingly important roles of social media and mobile devices. Nick Debnam, Asia Pacific Chairman, Consumer Markets, KPMG China, and James Mckeogh, Consulting Director at KPMG China will join us to discuss the key highlights from the survey.
We are delighted to welcome the Vice Mayor of Guangzhou, Chen Zhiying, to speak to Chamber members at this special luncheon about the economic development status of Guangzhou, new development plans after the 3rd Plenum and new opportunities opened for cooperation.
Ben Wootliff, Director of Corporate Enquiries, Greater China and North Asia General Manager, Control Risks
Government authorities continue to crack down on corporate corruption in China with unprecedented vigour. The investigations into GSK and Sanofi are just the highest profile of a series of investigations. Companies under investigation can find themselves at the centre of a crisis which can have massive commercial, legal and reputational impact. Control Risks has assisted a number of companies at the centre of corruption crisis and in this presentation will discuss why this corruption crackdown is different.
Timothy Beardson, Author and Chairman of the China Oxford Scholarship Fund
Most of the recent literature on China’s rise forecasts that the country will sooner or later (usually sooner) overtake the U.S. as the world’s superpower. At this speaker luncheon, Timothy Beardson, author of Stumbling Giant: The Threats to China's Future, will explain why this will not happen. The book is "an authoritative and well-researched book about the future of China by a man working at the centre of Asia's economy for the past 30 years," according to the SCMP.
With overseas investors remaining optimistic on the outlook of China's economy in the medium and long term, China continues to be one of the leading countries in the world for FDI inflows. However, a successful investment in China requires the investor to navigate through China’s complex tax and regulatory environment, and to be able to respond quickly to policy changes taking place. In this briefing Chris Xing, tax partner from KPMG, will share the recent tax law and policy developments in China relevant for green field investments as well for M&A transactions. The session will focus on the economic trends for 2013, key tax and regulatory considerations for investing in China and the likely impact of major tax law reform items, including VAT reform and fiscal incentive measures.
Wang Liwei, Charity Advisor to the PRC Government and Clare Pearson, CSR Manager of DLA Piper
We are delighted to present two speakers whose working relationship illustrates how diverse stakeholders can cooperate for the common and corporate good:
As the Charity Advisor to the new Government Wang Liwei will provide an overview of the opportunities for companies, NGO's and social entrepreneurs to capitalise on opportunities under the new list of Government priorities.Clare Pearson is the CSR Manager and Pro-bono Counsel of DLA Piper. Providing a 5-step roadmap to successful CSR programs in China she will use case studies of her work with 1) BMW Foundation, 2) Nord Anglia and 3) SSP International. In conjunction with Nord Anglia, Clare and Wang have delivered a program to train 100 rural teachers per year at British School Beijing.
Louis Lam, Partner, International Assignment Services, and Rebecca Wong, Partner, China Tax, PwC
Qianhai (in Shenzhen) and Hengqin (in Zhuhai) have been identified as the two key strategic development zones in the Pearl River Delta of Southern China. A series of policies have been issued by various government authorities both at the state and local levels to support the development of the two zones. How will these policies affect companies' business investment plans and talent mobility strategies?
Please join us where our guest speakers from PwC will share the recent policy developments in Qianhai / Hengqin, and their insights on the opportunities and challenges for investors.
Dr. Zhou Fang, Chief Research Officer, One Country Two Systems Research Institute in Hong Kong
The China Committee has invited Dr. Zhou Fang, Chief Research Officer of the One Country Two Systems Research Institute in Hong Kong to discuss the new development strategy of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and its implications for the Greater Pearl River Delta, including Hong Kong and Guangdong. Dr. Fang will talk about Hong Kong ’s roles in the three new Guangdong Experimental Zones (i.e. Qianhai, Hengqin and Nansha), especially the financial market cooperation with Shenzhen via Qianhai.
Tom Duke, Senior Intellectual Property Liaison Officer, British Embassy Beijing
Many companies based in Hong Kong that are looking to expand into Mainland China are primarily concerned with how to protect their intellectual property. Tom Duke will give an overview of IP protection and enforcement in the Mainland and how this should fit into the IP strategy of companies in the Asia-Pacific region.