Start date: 06/07/2020 08:30

End date: 06/07/2020 10:00

Venue: Webinar


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Exclusive Introduction to Yangtze River Delta Integration Plan (in Chinese)

CBBC Event

July 06
Join us for an excllusive introduction to the Yangtze River Delta Integration Plan!

The Importance of the Yangtze River Delta Region

The Yangtze River Delta (“YRD”) region encompasses Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui: covering around 358,000 square kilometers and generating approximately one quarter of China’s GDP. The cluster of cities in the YRD region offer huge potential to UK companies, particularly in regards to opportunities in the financial services, consumer, engineering consulting, urban planning, and the environmental protection sectors.
The Upgrading of the Yangtze River Delta Integration Plan
The upgrading of the Yangtze River Delta ("YRD") Integration Initiative to a national strategy was announced by President XI in November 2018 at the first China International Import Expo. In December 2019, The YRD Integration Development Plan was released by the central government. The plan detailed development goals set to be achieved by 2025 and offered an insight into how the YRD will develop by 2035.

What progress has been made since the announcement of the policy framework? And how can UK companies benefit from the initiative?

To help companies better understand the priorities of the YRD integration policy and the opportunities, CBBC will run this webinar briefing and invite officials from Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce and Shanghai Reform and Development Committee to interpret the policies. Weir Group which UK has successfully invested in the YRD region will showcase how it has turned the opportunity into successful business.

Date: Monday 6th July 2020
Time: 15:30 - 17:00 (CST)
Language: Chinese
Open to: ALL (Free of Charge)


15:30-15:40 -  Opening remarks from Tom Simpson, Managing Director, China, China-Britain Business Council
15:40-16:00 -  Speech by YANG Chao, Vice Chairman, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce
16:00-16:20 -  Speech by a senior official from Yangtze River Delta Regional Cooperation Office
16:20-16:40  - Case Study, Dr Jianzhong LU, President, Weir China


Tom Simpson

Managing Director, China Operations & China Chief Representative ,China-Britain Business Council

Tom Simpson is the Managing Director, China Operations & China Chief Representative at the China Britain-Business Council overseeing our thirteen offices in China based out of Beijing.

Tom has been at the China-Britain Business Council ("CBBC") since joining in 2013 as Guangzhou Chief Representative, Assistant Director for South China. In 2015, he moved to our Beijing office to take on the role of Director, Creative Industries & Sports, before being promoted to Senior Director, Service Delivery (China), in early 2018 in a role managing all eight of CBBC’s sector teams and a team of 25 in five locations across China. 

Tom has previously served as the Chongqing General Manager for the British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China from 2010 to 2011, and General Manager of the British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong from 2011 to 2013 where he was based in Guangzhou.

Tom is originally from Edinburgh and attended Leeds University where he studied Chinese.

Vice Chairman, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce

Mr YANG is Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal of Commerce. His remit includes foreign affairs, foreign Investment promotion, foreign investment administration, Invest Shanghai and CIIE planning.
Mr YANG started his career in July 1995. He has held various positions with the majority of them being in Zhabei District of Shanghai.  

Dr Jianzhong LU
President, Weir China

Dr LU Jian Zhong is currently President of Weir Group (China). Prior to this role, Dr Lu was the Global Partner of Brunswick Group, Acting President of BHP Billiton (China), and Executive Vice President of Singapore RGE Group (China).

As one of the pioneers in the field of CSR and Sustainability, he has rich, systematic and forward-looking theoretical system and practical experience in this field. Dr LU actively advocates the idea of sustainability, has led many CSR managers, philanthropists and initiatives to innovate, and has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of public welfare and CSR development. Dr LU is the founder of CSR Thought Lab, a Board member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Deputy Director-General of China Corporate Social Responsibility Think Tank, Expert of the Think Tank of China Federation of Industry & Economy, Expert of the Southern Weekly CSR Research Center, Member of the Shenzhen Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Board; former Co-chair of American Chamber (Shanghai) BCSR Committee, and Guest Professor at Nankai University.