CBBC’s New Chair and President Visit Guangzhou and Shenzhen

On 4th November 2019, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, the recently appointed Chair of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), and Lord Sassoon, President, CBBC arrived in Guangdong - the first stop on their handover tour.
During the two-day visit to the Province, Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon met with a number of high level officials including the Guangdong Governor, Xingrui Ma, Guangzhou Party Secretary, Shuofu Zhang, and the Shenzhen Mayor, Rugui Chen.
Discussions during the meetings covered a wide range of subjects of interest to British business in China; including the Greater Bay Area, growing UK investment into Guangdong and Guangdong’s investment into the UK, and the future plans of local Government to improve the business environment and further open markets. Areas for collaboration in the UK were also discussed.

Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon pictured with Xingrui Ma, Guangdong Governor

Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon pictured with Shuofu Zhang, Guangzhou Party Secretary
Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon had a meeting with Ms Hua Zhang, Vice Chairwoman, Guangdong Federation of Industry and Commerce, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) between Guangdong International Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector and the China-Britain Business Council. 

MoU signed between Guangdong International Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector and CBBC
Founded in 1953, the Guangdong Federation of Industry and Commerce (also known as Guangdong General Chamber of Commerce) (GFIC/GGCC) is a local organisation of the All-China Federation of Commerce & Industry, and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Guangdong Committee. It is a people’s group and a chamber of commerce, with enterprises and personage from the private sector as its main component; serving as a channel for the government to liaise with key stakeholders from private organisations, and an aide of the government in administering and serving the private sector economy.
In addition, on 4th November, a members’ breakfast briefing was held at the Ernst & Young (‘EY’) office in Guangzhou. The briefing, themed “An Overview of the Greater Bay Area”, and “Tax Policy of GBA” was conducted by David Bull, Head of the Greater Bay Area, British Consulate-General Guangzhou, and Jean Li, Partner, International Tax and Transaction Services, EY.  

Breakfast briefing attendees at Ernst & Young’s office in Guangzhou
On 5th November, Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon arrived in Shenzhen, and had a meeting with Mr Rugui Chen, Mayor of Shenzhen; this was followed by a visit to Huawei’s headquarters. 

Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon pictured with Rugui Chen, Mayor of Shenzhen

Sir Sherard and Lord Sassoon visiting Huawei
For further information, please contact: 
Sally Zhang (张烽)
Director South China & Chief Rep Shenzhen
China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)