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2016 Free Trade and Special Economic Zone Summit Successfully Held in Shanghai

2016 Free Trade and Special Economic Zone Summit Successfully Held in Shanghai

As a new global trade and investment communication and information platform, Free Trade and Special Economic Zone Summit was introduced last year by Invest In, and this year reached another great success since its inception in 2015. This year’s topic theme is Global Trade and Investment Strategies for a New Globalized China, the summit was held on December 7th and 8th at Shanghai’s premium conference venue – Grand Kempinski Hotel, Pudong.


In 2015, China implemented the “One Belt One Road” national strategy, which has had remarkable success and generated a new wave of overseas investment. China invested USD 14.8 billion in countries along the Belt and Road in 2015, up 18.2% from the previous year.


In 2016, due to the global financial markets unrest and continuous weak economic growth in emerging markets, the international investment environment becomes more complex and uncertain. However, in 2016, numerous Chinese enterprises entered into many significant overseas acquisitions and two of the biggest deals year to date by Chinese enterprises were announced early this year: ChemChina’s acquisition of the Swiss giant Syngenta for more than USD 43 billion and Tianjin Tianhai Investment (a subsidiary of HNA Group)’s acquisition of Ingram Micro for USD 6.3 billion in the US.


With over 400 senior executives from China’s most powerful and influential private and state-owned enterprises in attendance, this year’s Invest In Free Trade Zone and Special Economic Summit provided an undoubtedly unprecedented platform for business development, information exchange and a source for Chinese business leaders looking to expand their business operations globally. Apart from the presentations, there were also panel discussions, private tracks, and cocktail networking sessions for all of the attendees to exchange thoughts, ideas and most importantly, business opportunities.


This year, some of our key sponsors at the summit this include Aguascalientes City, Mexico, Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) , Abu Dhabi Ports, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Brussels Invest & Export, Belgium, Malaysia Airports, Malaysia, Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office and South Africa’s Mpumalanga Investment Growth Agency, Port of Duqm, and Sohar Port Freezone, etc.


During the two-day conference, speakers discussed the many opportunities and key challenges surrounding China’s future growth, and the development of investment, trade and free trade zone development issues. Some of the key presenters at the summit include government officials from Foreign Economic and Trade Division, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, and Shanghai Municipal People’s Procuratorate to Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone etc., other key speakers include Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer at Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Mustafa Khdair, Acting Vice President Commercial at Abu Dhabi Ports , Elsadiq Hamour, Director of Business Development at Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Luc Decker, Consul General in Shanghai, Executive Director of Trade and Investment Office, Marc De Mil, International Tax Expert at Federal Public Service Finance of Belgium, Randhill Singh, General Manager, Corporate planning at Malaysia Airports, as well as other industry elites from the legal, tax and free trade zone sectors, just to name a few.



I’m quite impressed by this conference, its attendees and topics!


“As we can see, it’s the most influential Chinese outbound investment conference in China recently, I’m quite impressed and I have already met dozens of people who are interested in our business this morning!” One of the interviewees said during an on-site interview, “As China’s economy and its HNWIs’ powers are getting more attention; this summit is so far the best conference to attend in China. It’s very dynamic and everything is down to details and very well organized, it’s amazing to see a conference so professional here at our doorsteps in China! I would absolutely recommend it.”


For further information about Invest In Free Trade & Special Economic Zone Summit series, please visit: or contact our Sales Director Ms. Pooja Ramchandani at:, Mobile: +971 55 4668012



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