UK Industrial Cooperation Partnership (ICP) Working Group Established
On 16th June, CBBC hosted a business debrief webinar, featuring speakers from along the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), the UK’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on 16th June. The webinar provided a summary of the ICD for UK member companies of CBBC, as well as provided a forward look on the UK-China Industrial Cooperation Partnership’s (ICP) future initiatives.
Opening remarks: Tom Simpson, Managing Director, CBBC
Host: Mark Xu, Director, Industrial Economy, CBBC
During the event, Senior Policy Advisor Megan Walton from BEIS first shared thoughts from the Dialogue and expectation for ICP's future events, recognising the achievements of both UK and China on generating green and sustainable industries in order to achieve their respective carbon neutrality targets.
Megan Walton, Senior Policy Advisor, BEIS
The 2nd speaker Tom Duke, Deputy Trade Commissioner for China from DIT, introduced opportunities related to UK-China cooperation in automotive, digital transformation and green manufacturing space (e.g. Chinese auto companies' overseas development in EV), as well as DIT's latest initiatives to facilitate training on and development of these priority industries.
Tom Duke, Deputy Trade Commissioner for China, DIT
Following this, Guy Dru Drury, Chief Representative for China from CBI, provided a progress update on the UK-China cooperation partnerships with an overview of ICP events held across China in recent years, and an in-depth look into ICP's plans in the next two years.
Guy Dru Drury, Chief Representative for China, CBI
Finally, a panel discussion on the ICP’s future initiatives was held, joined by representatives from leading UK companies RELX, Wood and Oxford Instruments. Panellists reflected on the latest trends in the digital economy and green transition in China, discussed what challenges and opportunities would be for UK-China industrial cooperation, and how the ICP initiative can support UK companies doing business in/with China, addressing the challenges.
Dr Shengke Zhi, Director, Strategy and Development, Wood
Hugo Zhang, Senior Vice President, RELX
Jonathan Byron, Vice President Asia, Oxford Instruments
CBBC would like to invite anyone of CBBC or CBI from the Industrial sectors to join the UK-ICP Working Group, which aims to serve as a platform for interested UK and Chinese companies to exchange best practices around key themes such as green transition and digital & data. Sub-groups around these themes can be further generated from this main group so that companies can explore specific topics in individual groups in depth.
To apply to join the working group, please email Mark Xu at Mark.Xu@cbbc.org.