Newsletter January 2016

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!

Last month I offered you tips on how to get the most value from your membership of DCCC by being an active participant. I strongly believe, and our attendance shows, that DCCC events are extremely good value for money! However, money is still money and we could all use a little more – so this month I will offer a few tips on how you can quickly and easily turn your DCCC membership into a Cash Flow Positive Investment!

Did you know that on our website we feature a section called Member Offers? (http://dccc-shanghai.com/member-offers/). By being a member of DCCC, you are entitled to 10% discount on already competitive prices for Health Insurance from Pacific Prime – for a small family this could easily add up to anywhere from 5,000 RMB to 10,000 RMB in yearly savings! More than enough to pay for your DCCC membership in an instance!

Also under Member Offers you will find a 20% Discount for Chinese Lessons from Easy Mandarin. If you like me are spending hundreds of hours each year struggling with this challenging language, this offer is sure to rack up some good savings for you!

If you, also like me, need to do something about those love handles! You will be glad to know that your membership of DCCC entitles you to no less than 33% discount from the city’s premier Spinning Studio – SpinBack Fitness.

But wait! There is more!

Our awesome Executive Director Anneli Vilu recently negotiated an excellent deal with Enjoy Shanghai whereby all members of DCCC will receive a new DCCC Membership Card co-branded with Enjoy Shanghai. Your new DCCC Member Card will entitle you to the full range of discounts available in the Enjoy network – that is to say you will get from 5% up to 30% discount at more than 200 of the best venues in Shanghai. If you live in Shanghai, and you regularly eat, drink or shop, then a membership of DCCC will be sure to save you lots of money!!

For sure our events and the network we provide our members will remain the primary value offered by DCCC, and the special deals and discounts is just icing on the cake. Even so we are extremely glad to be able to offer you these great deals and we hope you will be happy with our new partnership with Enjoy Shanghai.

Your new membership card will be ready soon after Chinese New Year, please Enjoy!

What do you think about the value of DCCC membership? Can you think of any reason not to be a member? Send me your comments on Emil@Businessdeveloper.dk

Would your company like to give our members a special offer? Send us a mail to let us know!

Do you know someone who could benefit from DCCC membership? Why not forward this mail and let them know!

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Enjoy the Benefits of your New DCCC Shanghai/EnjoyShanghai Member Card:

 
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Did you miss our events in January? Here are some highlights:

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Meet Our Colleagues

In this column we introduce other Danish Chambers of Commerce around the world

Danish Business Association of Singapore

The Danish Business Association of Singapore (DABS), initiated by the Royal Danish Embassy and established in the autumn of 1983 by a group of dynamic Danish businessmen, was officially registered on 27 January 1984. One of the founding fathers and the first DABS president was Mr. Paul Wallevik who is still living in Singapore.DABS serves as the co-operative body of Danish business interests in Singapore, acts as a source of ideas and information for its members and organizes events that are of interest to members across a variety of businesses and sectors. Working closely with other business associations, we create networking events focusing in particular on our Scandinavian ties.

Today DABS has about 150 members, split between Corporate Members and Individual Members. As a member of DABS you will be supporting DABS’ main objectives to contribute to members’ interests and development of their organizations and to actively contribute to the business ties between Singapore and Denmark. A membership will ensure access to about 10 business events per year arranged by DABS plus other social events. Some of the most popular social events are the annual DABS Charity Ball, the Nordic Golf tournament and the Christmas Luncheon.

To learn more about DABS and to subscribe to our mailing list kindly visit our website: http://www.dabs-singapore.com/

Events at DAB Singapore

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We are Pleased to Welcome our New Members:

Corporate Member:

EnjoyShanghai strives to share its passion for the arts & entertainment with China’s largest local and expat community. Since 2003, we’ve shaped and mapped the city’s landscape through sweeping lifestyle writing and tailored promotions. Our reputation backs our VIP membership program, which offers more than 70,000 RMB in savings at more than 200 of the hottest dining, nightlife, shopping, and lifestyle spots.
Whatever we do, we want to bring you and this modern city closer together.
Individual Member:
Lars Nannerup

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News from our Members

Paustian invites you to a special New Year stock sale in their Shanghai showroom on January 28th – 31st – read more HERE.The Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing is looking for a Team Leader for their accounting department (covering all China representations) – can be based in Shanghai. Read more HERE

HAY APAC is looking for a skilled sales representative to join the team located in Shanghai – read more HERE

CCTV News shows a documentary “My China” about the Danish R&D Director, Peter Grabau, his life in China and his job at Envision Energy on Sunday 31st January at 10:30 am in China, and for European and American viewers, on 1st February at 2:00 am China time.
You can see the announcement of the program HERE


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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

More Danish Dairy to China: Consulate General hosts Signing CeremonyOn Friday the 22nd of January, the Consulate General in Shanghai hosted a signing ceremony that ensured the company Shanghai Lianxin the distribution rights to the new infant formula product, Småbørn蜜儿乐儿. The new product is an addition to the Danish company Moohko’s existing line of dairy- and formula products.

The new brand builds on a strong and proud Danish tradition for food safety. And that is a fact to be reckoned with seeing as scandals with infant formula – especially that of 2008 – has caused the Chinese couples that are unable to breastfeed their children naturally to exert significant caution when purchasing domestic formula products.

Challenges domestically has seen the thirst for international dairy products rise in China. It is this thirst, that Småbørn蜜儿乐儿 hope to quench when the product is launched in February.

Happy New Year – Again!

During Chinese New Year the Royal Danish Consulate General will be closed for three days. The 8th, 9th and 10th of February the representation in Shanghai will be closed. The Consulate General will be open again the 11th of February.

Should you have any urgent inquiries please call the Embassy in Beijing at: +86 (10) 8532 9900 from where it will be possible to be re-directed to the 24/7 Emergency call center at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We wish you all a happy New Year!

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Upcoming Events

  • Saturday January 30th 2016              Mads & Monopolet Live Show
  • Monday February 1st 2016                Mads & Monopolet – Behind the Scene
  • Friday February 19th 2016                Danish Friday
  • Tuesday February 23rd 2016            China M&A Integration: Lessons Learned
  • Wednesday February 24th 2016       HR Working Group: How to Deal with Employment Relationship with Expat Employees
  • Thursday February 25th:                   On-site visit to Apple: How to Use Apple Products in your Work and Daily Life
  • Tuesday March 1st 2016                   Emerging Leaders 2nd Module: Assertiveness and Accountability
  • Tuesday March 15th 2016                 Emerging Leaders 3rd Module: Leadership Foundation
  • Tuesday March 15th 2016:                Protect your Online and Offline IP during e-Commerce and Trade Fairs
  • Thursday March 17th 2016                DCCC Shanghai Annual General Meeting
  • Friday March 18th 2016                     Danish Friday
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016                 Lecture by A. Carsten Damsgaard, Ambassador of Denmark to China
To sign up for any of the above events please go to our home page: http://dccc-shanghai.com/events/

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Newsletter November/December 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!Are you getting enough value from your membership of DCCC?

I hope and believe that for the majority the answer to this question is “more than enough!” But just in case you are less than satisfied, or if you simply would like to get even more value, I have a couple of tips on how to take full advantage of your membership.

No. 1: Be an Active Member – this cannot be stressed enough. We are a member driven organization, the more you participate the more you get back.

No. 2: Join More Events – we are a proud non-profit, we offer all our events at cost, guaranteeing you that there is no better deal. Most often we charge you only for the food served and the cost of using the venue; you get the great speakers and networking opportunities all for free.

No. 3: Member Only Deals – look out for the Member Special Deals on our website and in the Community Update Newsletter. Do you have something to offer? Contact our secretariat to learn more about putting a deal on our website or in the Community Update.

No. 4: Become a Sponsor – looking for ways to participate even more, but don’t have the time? During the year, we have plenty of sponsorship opportunities.

No. 5: Become a Speaker – do you have an interesting story? Are you an expert in your field? In DCCC, we are constantly searching for the next great speaker. If that is you, please don’t be shy to contact our secretariat (please note that this is not an opportunity to promote your business, instead go for Option 3 & 4 above).

No. 6: Become a Board Member – DCCC is driven by the hard work and dedication of our volunteers on the board. That is not to say that being a board member isn’t a lot of fun and a great chance to be an active participant in DCCC. If you are interested in joining the board, please make yourself know in due time before our Annual General Meeting on March 17th.

No. 7: Give us Feedback – we are gearing up for the spring season, and we need your invaluable feedback on what kind of event’s you would like to see us arrange! Everything we do is for you, our members! Hearing back from you about how well we are doing, and getting suggestions for what we can do better or do more, is very important to us!

You can count on us to continue delivering great events of great value all through 2016. In fact, we start the new year with a very special treat! We have secured a unique private episode of Denmark’s most popular radio show Mads & Monopolet. Every Saturday since 2003 around 800,000 listeners tune in to hear Mads Steffensen and his panel of celebrities debate and solve dilemmas posed by the listeners. On January 30th Mads & Monopolet will come to Shanghai to do a special episode for a live audience of Members (and friends) of DCCC!

On behalf of the board and secretariat, please allow me to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – we a looking much forward to seeing you in 2016!

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter


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Save the Date:

Mads & Monopolet Live Show on Saturday, January 30th (in Danish)

 

Come and hear the popular radio star Mads Steffensen and his 3 panelists – Signe Lindkvist, Mads Barner-Christensen and Uffe Buchard – to solve peoples’ real dilemmas during an entertaining show.Do you have an interesting and tricky dilemma for the team? Read more HERE


A big thank to our sponsors:

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Did you miss our Christmas party in November? Here are some highlights:
(Photos by Rasmus Riisgaard Mortensen)
You can download all photos from our online gallery – please click HERE

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Meet Our Colleagues

In this column we introduce other Danish Chambers of Commerce around the world

The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
DCC HK was constituted in April 1996. Originally named Danish Business Association, the first Chairman was Hans Schlaikier from Jebsen & Co. Today the Danish Chamber of Commerce in HK has about 100 members, equally split between Corporate Members and Individual Members. Our objective is to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and experience between Danish and Danish-related businesses and individuals in Hong Kong.Since the closure of the Royal Danish Consulate in HK in 2012, DCC HK has played an increasingly meaningful role among the Danish community in HK. We organize 3-5 exclusive DCC HK events per annum in Hong Kong. The events are typically a combination of company presentations by HK based Danish companies and Danish or Scandinavian speakers visiting HK. We often collaborate with the other Nordic Chambers and we also have a formal cooperation with Denmark-Hong Kong Trade Association in Denmark.

In recent years we have been promoting the need for a Comprehensive Double Taxation Agreement (CDTA) between Denmark and Hong Kong. While the HK Government has been very supportive, the Danish Tax Authorities unfortunately have not been equally supportive. A small step in the right direction was taken last year with the signing of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between Hong Kong and Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

On the social front, DCC HK’s annual Horse Racing Night and annual Danish Xmas Ball are important events among the Danes in HK.

Visit to Maersk’s Triple-E class vessel in HK organized by DCC HK

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Congratulation to the Team Management 3 Module Training participants – November 2015

(Photos by Nebojsa Markovic)

On November 25th, the group of Team Management course completed the 3 module training in Chinese developed by DCCC Shanghai together with Conchius, Aperian Global and Mercuri Urval. It was celebrated with certificates presented by DCCC Shanghai Board Member Francis Hoang.

Congratulations go to the following people:

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We are Pleased to Welcome our New Members:

Corporate Member:
Fairytale Company of Denmark is based on a simple philosophy: We want through our gift services and products centered around the Danish author H.C. Andersen to share a precious part of Danish culture and storytelling with China and thus enable our customers to build a bridge of mutual understanding with their Chinese business relations and employees. It is our intention to create the most authentic product for our customers and to do that we are working closely together with Odense City Museums for a strong branding of our products and gift services in Denmark and in China.Individual Members:
Ulla Lindegaard Hjorth
Allison Liu
Jørgen Christensen

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News from our Members

China Experience would like to thank everyone for the attention during our 10 year anniversary in October. If you missed it, check out the picturers HEREChina Experience is looking for a Business Development Manager! Download the job description HERE


In October, Martin Bencher Shanghai together with the Innovation Center Denmark opened its doors for a group of international colleague students from Denmark. The visit was mediated by DCCC Shanghai.

Martin Bencher CCO China Jonas Frank holding a presentation about important factors of doing business in China as a foreign company.

Danish classes in Shanghai
We are starting another adult beginners course with Danish level 1 and 2, and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining.
The teaching will be central Shanghai during the daytime.
Lessons are held twice a month at West Nanjing Road. Lessons will begin in the middle of January 2016.
For further information and enrollment, please contact Camilla on camilla_mariager@hotmail.com

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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Danish Environment and Food Minister Visited China
Danish Environment and Food Minister Eva Kjer Hansen concluded a four-day visit to Shanghai and Beijing on the 13th of November.
In Shanghai, the Minister witnessed the signing on the 10th of November an agreement on forging ground water partnership with state-owned Qingyuan Water Group based in Jinan, Shandong Province, a move further consolidating the Sino-Danish cooperation on best conserving and using water resources.
The Minister also participated in the “Evening of New Nordic Cuisine” at Shanghai’s landmark Peace Hotel where she and Danish master chef Umut Sakarya offered guests a unique gastronomical experience. Ms. Eva Kjer Hansen helped cook a wide variety of Danish dishes – among those the traditional flæskestegssandwich (crackling pork sandwich).
From then the delegation flew to Beijing where the Minister among other things gave an opening remark at the seminar “Promotion of Growth and Cooperation within Food Safety”, in which Denmark and China announce to launch a strategic partnership targeting inspirational exchange of know-how on common challenges.
“Denmark is known for our high level food safety, therefore we would like to join hands with China in addressing challenges in food safety,” said Danish Environment and Food Minister Eva Kjer Hansen.Denmark Heavily Represented at Sino-Nordic Young Champions Forum
On the 11th of November the Member for the Danish parliament, Carolina Maier, together with the Danish Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz and Deputy Head of Mission in Beijing, Lars Bo Larsen, attended the opening day of the 2015 Sino-Nordic Young Champions Forum. The forum is the first of its kind and was arranged by the Chinese Youth League with support from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Municipal Government of Yiwu.
At the event the Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao held the opening speech and met with the Danish delegates. Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen sent a video greeting to the conference while Deputy Head of Mission Lars Bo Larsen participated in a session on Politicians and Entrepreneurship.
Following the conference Nordic and Chinese speakers both from Governmental institutions and young entrepreneurs as well as the Consul General Nicolai Prytz partook in planting a Sino-Nordic Friendship Tree symbolizing the relationship between the two regions.
“The conference shows that there is a potential for cooperation between the Nordic countries and China. We have much to offer each other and will all benefit from creating more opportunities and platforms for young, creative and innovative entrepreneurs,” Consul General Nicolai Prytz said

Consulate General in Shanghai wraps up Nordic Design and Innovation Week
From the 2nd of November to the 8th of November this year’s Nordic Design and Innovation Week (NDIW) took place in Shanghai for the third year in a row. The Danish Consulate General in Shanghai co-hosted the event together with the other Nordic Consulates in Shanghai in order to promote Nordic design and innovation.
The week took place at the Shanghai exhibition venue 800Show and open to the general public. The general exhibition area had more than 30 different Nordic design brands displaying interior design, digital design, inclusive design and urban design.
The Danish Consulate General in Shanghai also co-hosted seminars at the exhibition on smart cities and simplicity in Nordic design.
The Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Nicolai Prytz gave this year’s opening speech in which he pointed out the necessity for platforms for co-operation such as NDIW.
“Nordic Design and Innovation Week 2015 is not only an exhibition and some seminars. This is a reaffirmation of a platform for cooperation between the Nordic countries and China – it is an exchange of culture. An exchange of culture that I personally believe in. An exchange of culture through which we can do great things,” the Consul General said from the stage at the opening ceremony.
After NDIW2015 Mr. Nicolai Prytz looks back a week of great succes: “Seeing what this week has done for large and small Danish companies alike, I can say with conviction that the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai is prepared to once more create this platform for Nordic design in 2016.”

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Danskerlisten giver Udenrigsministeriet mulighed for at kontakte danskere i udlandet i en krisesituation. Det kan være ved naturkatastrofer, terroraktioner eller væbnet konflikt i det land, du opholder dig i. I den slags situationer kan det være nyttigt for dig at få information om en sikker og hurtig måde at forlade området på.
Det er frivilligt, om man som dansker ønsker at registrere sig.
Danskerlisten kan bruges ved både korte rejser og længerevarende ophold i udlandet. Det nye system minder automatisk brugeren om at opdatere sine oplysninger senest 12 måneder efter sidste logon.
Du får adgang til Danskerlisten via et selvvalgt ID og password eller NemID.

Registrér dig på danskerlisten herFor more news from the Consulate General in Shanghai subscribe at our website or find us on Facebook and Weibo

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Follow upcoming Danish cultural performances and events in Shanghai on http://www.culturedenmark.com/enDuring the holidays the Consulate General in Shanghai will be closed on the following dates:
Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
Monday, December 28 (Christmas / New Year)
Tuesday, December 29 (Christmas / New Year)
Wednesday, December 30 (Christmas / New Year)
Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve)
Friday, January 1 (New Year’s Day)

The Consulate General will be open from January 4th 2016.

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday December 18th 2015              Danish Friday
  • Thursday January 14th 2016             Event with Lars Kolind and Startup Grind
  • Friday January 15th 2016                  Danish Friday
  • January 2016                                     HR Event
  • January 2016                                     Apple Event
  • Wednesday January 20th 2016         Emerging Leaders: Know Your Own Strengths/Personality Test
  • Saturday January 30th 2016              Mads & Monopolet Live Show
  • Monday February 1st 2016                Mads Steffensen: The Story Behind Mads & Monopolet
  • Friday February 19th 2016                Danish Friday
  • Tuesday February 23rd 2016            China M&A Integration: Lessons Learned
To sign up for any of the above events please go to our home page: http://dccc-shanghai.com/events/

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Newsletter October 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!

Last Saturday we had our annual gala ball and what a party it was! We had a record setting 215 participants at the party and the evening was packed with entertainment and celebration including some unannounced surprises, such as a visit by the Danish band Basix and for the first time ever an award for Lifetime Achievement.

I would like to thank everyone who was there! You were all a part of making this an unforgettable evening.

If you missed the big party, or if you were one of the many who thought the party ended too early (the bar closed at 04:00!), then the good news is that you do not need to wait long for the next party! Our DCCC-YP Christmas party is right around the corner. This year, our friends from EQ are serving up a traditional Danish Christmas Buffet at their newly opened Nanjing Road location.

In the meantime, we in DCCC Shanghai will continue to serve you a fresh selection of business and networking events and we still have a great program lined up for you for the rest of 2015.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your membership, and wish you will take full advantage of the opportunities it provides!

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Save the Date:

YP DCCC Christmas Party on Saturday, November 28th at EQ East Nanjing lu

 

 

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Did you miss our Business Person & Entrepreneur of the Year Gala Ball?
Here are some highlights:
 You can download all photos from our online gallery, please click HERE

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We are Pleased to Welcome our New Members:

Corporate Member:

At TOMORROW we take brands across borders. We understand the challenges of entering a new market like no other. We therefore support organizations with their brand strategy, creative concepts and marketing execution during the first years in a new market. We’re based in Shanghai, our roots are in Sweden, and we’re part of the Swedish Intellecta Group. Where do you want to be tomorrow?

Individual Member:
Brian Wind

Student Member:
Rasmus Juul Gade

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News from our Members


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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Danish Foreign Minister broaden bilateral cooperation with China
Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen concluded a three-day visit to China on 27th of October.
During the visit the Foreign Minister signed the Articles of the Agreement the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), consolidating Denmark’s role as a founding member in this new institution.
“It is a significant and exciting development that China has taken the initiative to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,” says Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. “Denmark supports infrastructure development in Asia. Whereas Danish trade interests as well as development cooperation interests will be at stake in this institution, there are many reasons for us to engage in and influence the bank’s investment decisions from its beginning.”
During the visit, Foreign Minister Jensen was received by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the Great Hall of the People, to whom the Minister showed great interests in the “One Belt One Road” initiative and China’s upcoming 13th Five-Year Plan. The Minister was also received by his counterpart Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi – the two sides exchanged their opinions on a broad variety of topics from the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic relations and further bilateral cooperation to international flash points such as Syria and Ukraine.

Danish education fair in China by Innovation Centre Denmark, Shanghai
An all-time record was set, as close to 2,000 students from China’s top universities attended the annual Danish education fair “Top Talent Denmark Days” in Shanghai and Beijing on the 20th and 23rd of October.
The career and education fair are organized by Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai, the Danish Embassy in Beijing as well as the General Consulate in Shanghai as part of the initiative “Top Talent Denmark”, and is a unique offer for Chinese students interested in pursuing a Danish career.
Through a range of offline and online activities, the initiative connects Chinese students and young professionals with Danish higher education institutions and companies and offers them a single platform to learn more about their Danish study and career opportunities.
All in all there were 12 Danish higher education institutions and four Danish companies that participated in the initiative – thereby giving the Chinese student a broad picture of how it would be to study and work in Denmark.

The Royal Danish Embassy in China hosts wind power seminar
The Quality Wind seminar is an initiative between Danish and Chinese governments which started last year. The seminar focuses on the onshore wind sector and aims to increase awareness of how more advanced technology solutions as well as operation and maintenance service can improve the performance of the wind power turbines.
The Danish Ambassador to China A. Carsten Damsgaard held the opening speech at the Quality Wind seminar where the companies Vestas, Datang Renewable, SDIC, Mita-Teknik, C.C. Jensen and Dafa participated.

Postal voting regarding the referendum on 3 December 2015 on transforming the current Danish opt-out into an opt-in on EU matters on Justice and Home Affairs
Danish citizens eligible for voting at the referendum on 3 December 2015 can cast a postal vote at a Danish Embassy or Consulate. Find your closest representation here.
It is expected that Postal votes can be cast from Thursday 8 October 2015 until 26 November 2015 in the opening hours of the Consulate General in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and Guangzhou.
To read more about the referendum, please consult the Danish website: http://valg.sim.dk

Har du husket at registrere dig på Udenrigsministeriets danskerliste?

Hvad er danskerlisten?
Danskerlisten giver Udenrigsministeriet mulighed for at kontakte danskere i udlandet i en krisesituation. Det kan være ved naturkatastrofer, terroraktioner eller væbnet konflikt i det land, du opholder dig i. I den slags situationer kan det være nyttigt for dig at få information om en sikker og hurtig måde at forlade området på.
Det er frivilligt, om man som dansker ønsker at registrere sig.
Danskerlisten kan bruges ved både korte rejser og længerevarende ophold i udlandet. Det nye system minder automatisk brugeren om at opdatere sine oplysninger senest 12 måneder efter sidste logon.
Du får adgang til Danskerlisten via et selvvalgt ID og password eller NemID.

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Follow upcoming Danish cultural performances and events in Shanghai on http://www.culturedenmark.com/en

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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday November 4th 2015    Team Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Tuesday November 10th 2015        Nordic Event: SAS Focus on Innovation to Capture the Next Generation Traveler with SAS Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Eivind Roald
  • Friday November 20th 2015           Danish Friday
  • Wednesday November 25th 2015  Team Management: Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings
  • Saturday November 28th 2015       YP Christmas Party
  • Tuesday December 15th 2015       China M&A Integration: Lessons Learned
  • Friday December 18th 2015           Danish Friday
To sign up for any of the above events please go to our home page: http://dccc-shanghai.com/events/

Newsletter September 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear Friends of the Chamber!

Like a child waiting for Christmas, in DCCC we are now counting the days until 24th of October and our biggest event of the year – the Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year Gala Ball. Last year we had a record breaking big crowd and an unforgettable party! This year we are aiming even higher with even more entertainment and a fantastic venue at the Jing An Shangri-La.

So it is once again time to dust off the tuxedo, find that special dress and importantly to reserve your tickets (just send an email to our secretariat today!).

A couple of tips for smart booking of your tickets:

If you would like to be sure to sit with your friends, DCCC offers a discount for booking a table of 10 people together.

The whole evening program will be in English and it is a great opportunity to bring your non-Danish business partner (or just partner).

I look forward to welcome you all at the 9th Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year Gala Ball!

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Save the Date:

Business Person of the Year Gala Ball on Saturday, October 24th at Jing An Shangri-La

 


Call for Sponsors – Business Person of the Year Gala Ball on October 24th 2015

You still have the chance to support the biggest Danish business event in China! Tickets sales starts on October 12th. Download the sponsorship package here

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Did you miss any of our events in September? Here are some highlights:
Welcome Back BBQ on September 11th at Fairmont Peace Hotel rooftop terrace

YP Sunday Brunch Club on September 27th at Little Mermaid Hot Dogs

The idea behind the YP-Brunch Club is for young Danes in Shanghai or locals with an interest in Danish culture to meet informally over Sunday brunch and have fun. We will try to have different quizzes or other happenings during the brunch. The plan so far is to introduce Danish restaurants here in Shanghai.

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Meet Our Colleagues

In this column we introduce other Danish Chambers of Commerce around the world

The Danish Chamber of Commerce in South China
DCC South China covers the four provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi and Hainan. We are an organization strongly rooted in especially the Pearl River Delta and Fujian province – a geographically integrated area and economic power zone where proximity and close ties to Hong Kong and Macau play an important role.

Jan Lægaard Broni
Chairman of DCC South China and General Manager at Alu Rehab in Xiamen
DCC South China has 30 members and 5 sponsors and we are proud of them. We are proud that they continuously appreciate our efforts and support our events.

We have 3 business events during a year. At every Business event we will have different topics with guest speakers and visits to different companies or factories. At these events participants are networking, exchanging business information and finding good advice when needed.

Twice during the year we meet under more relaxed circumstances. We celebrate The Danish Midsummer in June which is a family day with a lot of games, fun and laughter. In November we host a Christmas Party, a nice evening with all the Danish traditions, music and dance. For these social events, up to 80 people are signing up every time. It shows that our Members and Friends are supporting our work to keep a touch of Denmark although we are far away from “home”.

Because we are a small Chamber our members know each other very well and are good at using each other’s know-how in everyday business and personal life. The “Dane of the year 2014” award was given to a spouse which shows that our Chamber is not only providing networking to the business persons living in the area, but also providing services and events to cater the women or men behind the business person.

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We are Pleased to Welcome our New Members:

Corporate Members:

Finnair is one of the world’s longest continuous-operating airlines, established in 1923. We offer the smoothest, fastest connections in the northern hemisphere between Asia and Europe. As a Finnish airline, our world-class operations not only cover Finland, but more than 60 destinations throughout Europe. We fly from Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Xi’an and Hong Kong in China. Onboard, we provide you with a Unique Nordic Experience. Sit back, relax and enjoy your unique experience with us.

Danske Bank is a Nordic universal bank and one of the leading financial enterprises in northern Europe. We are headquartered in Copenhagen and operate in 15 countries, offering a full range of banking services in the international financial markets. Our vision is to become the most trusted financial partner, and we are driven by an ambition to create long-term value for all our stakeholders at all times.

Individual Member:
Christy Chen Møller

Student Member:
Andreas M. Strandgaard

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News from our Members

Visit the the Danish Pavilion at The Crystal Globe Expo 2015 – click here

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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Danish representations and visa centers to be closed for holiday
The Consulate General, Innovation Center and visa center in Shanghai will be closed on Monday 28 September, Wednesday 30 September, Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October.

Consul General in Shanghai attends opening ceremony of new direct flight
On Wednesday the 2nd of September the Danish Consul General in Shanghai Mr. Nicolai Prytz attended the opening ceremony of the direct flight between Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport and Copenhagen Airport in Denmark.
Following a brief film screening featuring Denmark, the Consul General gave a speech in which he praised the strengthening of the ties between China and Denmark that the opening of the flight entails.
“It is a true pleasure being present here today. Standing in front of you at yet another occasion on which our two countries strengthen their bond by reducing the distance between the Kingdom of Fairy Tales and the proud country of China,” said Mr. Nicolai Prytz in a speech in which he encouraged more Chinese citizens to go see Denmark.

Danish Design Showroom opens in China
On the 7th of September, a Danish Design Showroom showcasing pieces of Danish furniture and accessories opened to the public in Chongqing Municipality.
The showroom, slated to run till the 30th of November, has gathered 21 Danish design brands in a venue that covers an area of 248 square meters.
During the nearly three-month exhibition, pieces of furniture and accessories will illustrate the concept of Danish design featuring mixes of functionality, simplicity and utter aesthetics.
Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard opened the exhibition together with Anja Villefrance, Danish General Consul in Chongqing.
“Chongqing is a good example of the economic growth miracle that China has undergone in the past couple of decades. I am very excited to see this Danish Design Showroom open in Chongqing,” said Ambassador Damsgaard.

Consul General in Shanghai attends Saxo Bank China’s opening ceremony
The Danish investment bank Saxo Bank opened their new office premises the 10th of September in Lujiazui, Shanghai – an area that is commonly regarded as the centre of China’s financial industry. Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz gave the opening speech at the opening.
“The opening of these new offices in the Lujiazui area shows Saxo Bank’s strong willingness to be part of the financial reform in China and to contribute to its further development by sharing Danish experience and knowhow with its Chinese business partners and clients,“ said Consul General Nicolai Prytz.

Denmark and China partner for agriculture and health
The Danish Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, received Regional Council Chairman for the Denmark Central Region, Bent Hansen, during his stay from the 14th-17th of September in China. The Central Region of Denmark is partner city with Shanghai and the purpose of the stay was to promote and strengthen Sino-Danish cooperation on Food Safety and Health.
The Danish delegation’s stay had both a food and a health track represented by two corresponding series of seminars. Both Chairman Bent Hansen and Consul General Nicolai Prytz stressed the importance of the cooperation on these subjects.
“Food safety, sustainability in farming and environmental solutions; these subjects will be discussed here today. And these subjects are not to be discussed for the benefit of the few – but of the many,” said Consul General Nicolai Prytz.
Bent Hansen supported that sentiment.
“Over the last 12 years we have had a well-developed and crucial cooperation with Shanghai in the food and health fields. We truly still have something to offer eachother,” said Regional Council Chairman Bent Hansen.

The Danish Ambassador meets Mayor of Shanghai
The Danish Ambassador to China A. Carsten Damsgaard met the Mayor of Shanghai Mr. Yang Xiong.
Alongside the Danish Consul General in Shanghai, Mr. Nicolai Prytz, the Danish Ambassador was received by the Mayor of Shanghai in Shanghai People’s Hall.
During the meeting Yang Xiong said that he hoped that both sides would strengthen cooperation in technology, education and healthcare sectors. Further discussion was on the area of Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone and the possibilities of broadening existing cooperation between Denmark and China.

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Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday October 13th 2015          Team Management: How to Employ the Right People – Interview Techniques for Effective Hiring
  • Friday October 16th 2015              Danish Friday
  • Sunday October 18th 2015            YP On-site visit to Ovodan and Suzhou
  • Saturday October 24th 2015          Business Person of the Year Gala Ball
  • Thursday October 29th 2015         InterChamber Mixer in Suzhou
  • Wednesday November 4th 2015    Team Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Tuesday November 10th 2015        Nordic Event: After Work Networking with SAS Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Mr. Eivind Roald
  • Thursday November 12th 2015      How to Become Industry Leader in China and Beyond? by Lars Kolind
  • Friday November 20th 2015           Danish Friday
  • Wednesday November 25th 2015  Team Management: Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings
  • November 2015                              InterChamber Seminar – Investing Wisely: Discover China’s Benefits and Hidden Incentives
  • Saturday November 28th 2015       YP Christmas Party
  • Tuesday December 15th 2015       China M&A Integration: Lessons Learned
To sign up for any of the above events please go to our home page: http://dccc-shanghai.com/events/

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Newsletter August 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear friends of the Chamber!I hope you had a wonderful summer! In DCCC we are warming the grill and cooling   the beers for our big end of holiday season “Welcome Back BBQ” 11th of September on the rooftop terrace of the historic Peace Hotel on the Bund. It will be a who is who and what is what of the Danish Community in Shanghai as we have invited all the various Danish interest groups from sports teams to mother groups and the official Denmark in China to come and talk to you. You do not want to miss this great chance to meet old and new friends and grow your network!That is not the only thing we are doing this month to raise awareness of what is happening in the Danish Community in Shanghai – soon we will be launching a new second mailing list dedicated to sharing information about what is happening within the community. Look out for more information about this new “Community Update by DCCC” next week.

Finally, I would remind you that if you have not done so already then now is the time to mark your calendar on October 24th for the biggest party of the year, our DCCC Business Person of the Year Gala Ball. Nominations for Business Person of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year are open until September 7th as well as we are looking for sponsors for the party – please contact Anneli on Mail@DCCC-Shanghai.com.

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Save the dates:

Welcome Back BBQ – on Friday, September 11th at Fairmont Peace Hotel roof top terrace

 

Thanks for the sponsors


Business Person of the Year Gala Ball – on Saturday, October 24th at Jing An Shangri-La

 


 

Time to Nominate Your Candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

 

Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Winner Kasper Leschly and Runner-up Pia Elers
(Photo by Rasmus Daniel Taun)
Once again it is time to nominate your candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur Of The Year in China!The Selection Committee rely on your input to identify the right candidates. Your help is crucial – we need all the names, you can think of. You don’t have to be a member of the chamber to nominate and the candidates can be both members and non-members.Please send your suggestion by replying to this e-mail (mail@dccc-shanghai.com) before Monday 7th September with names, e-mail addresses and a note stating if the nomination is for Business Person of the Year or Entrepreneur of the Year.

Candidates will later be asked to submit a detailed profile themselves.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

Business Person of the Year

  • A Candidate will have achieved significant results for his/her company and/or organization, representing continuity over a significant number of years (with attention being paid particularly to the last 3-5 years)
  • A Candidate – respected in the Danish and Chinese business communities – has contributed to the understanding between Denmark and China and as such has acted as an ambassador for Danes and the Danish business community in China
  • A Candidate going beyond their formal job duties to represent new ingenious ideas, which have – or will – benefit Danish ways of doing business.
Entrepreneur of the Year
  • A Danish or Chinese national, located in China or Denmark who has made a substantial mark with a new important contribution and impact to Denmark and/or China during the last year(s)
  • The Candidate should have endured personal risk to achieve success be it financial or otherwise
  • The Candidate should be able to demonstrate a certain unique idea, knowledge, talent, or business concept with identifiable Sino-Danish elements which should be sustainable and have potential for growth and/or scalability
  • The age of the Candidate is not decisive, but younger candidates and those who have reached early achievement should be favored
  • The Candidate could be a business person, creative person, scholar or an artist.
Please note that the present sitting members of the selection committee and the members of the three DCCC Boards are excluded from nomination.If questions please don’t hesitate to contact Anneli Vilu at mail@dccc-shanghai.comWinners will be celebrated at the gala party on Saturday October 24th 2015 in Shanghai at Jing An Shangri-La hotel. We are flying in one of the greatest Danish MCs – the famous comedian, actor and singing TV host Amin Jensen – to conduct the evening and entertain our guests. You don’t want to miss this party!

 

Amin Jensen
Earlier Award Winners

Business Person of the Year
2014 – Jens Eskelund – Maersk China
2013 – Peter N. Rasmussen – Asia Base
2012 – Steffen Schiottz-Christensen – NTS Logistics Management/A.P. Moller Group
2011 – John F. Christensen – Prime Cargo/Wagas
2010 – Hans Michael Jebsen – Jebsen & Co.
2009 – Morten Bay Jensen – Ecco
2008 – Zhen Jian Guo – Former Chinese Ambassador to Denmark
2007 – Allan Warburg – Bestseller China

Entrepreneur of the Year
2014 – Kasper Leschly – D:Fuse
2013 – Jens Purup – Access People
2012 – Casper Tollerud – Genuine China Tours
2011 – Simon Lichtenberg – Trayton Group
2010 – Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen – China Soft
2009 – Anne Charlotte Lembye – Lukou

The History Behind the Awards

 

Many people show outstanding performances in the development of Danish business in China. These achievements often go relatively unnoticed over several years by the general community and are typically performed by very dedicated, but also very modest individuals.In 2007 the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai on behalf of the Danish Chambers in China therefore instituted the “Business Person of the Year” award to celebrate these individuals with deserved attention. It was followed by a second award “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009.Every year a nomination process will lead to a selection of the winners of the the two awards and they will be announced and celebrated at the awards ceremony.

 

At the award ceremony the winners receive the “Vilhelm Award Statuette”. The statuette is named “Vilhelm” after the famous and industrious Danish entrepreneur Vilhelm Meyer who lived and worked in Shanghai from 1900 to 1935. The statuette is designed by the famous Danish designer Carsten Jorgensen and it represents the Nightingale from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.


Call for Sponsorships – Business Person of the Year Gala Ball on October 24th 2015
– a unique opportunity to market your business with a sponsorship of the biggest Danish business event. Download the sponsorship package here

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Meet our colleagues

This is a new column where we introduce other Danish Chambers of Commerce around the world

The Danish Chamber of Commerce in Beijing & North China
From an informal gathering of eight Danish business people in 1995 to an active and thriving chamber of commerce, DCCC Beijing & North China has evolved into becoming the premier business networking hub for close to 70 Danish companies in North China in 2015.The Chairman of DCCC Beijing & North China – and winner of the 2014 Business Person the Year – is Jens Eskelund, Senior Director at Maersk China Ltd., an investment company of the Maersk Group in China. The head of secretariat is Jakob B. Pedersen.
Jens Eskelund
DCCC regards it as its main objective to”.. promote, study and protect trade, investment, commercial and other relations between Denmark and China and to serve as the natural and preeminent business and social networking platform for the Danish community in China “ (DCCC Beijing & North China 2015 AOAs). While the objective has proven solid over time, the way we have given content to the objective is changing. Over the past few years, the number of Danes working for DCCC’s member companies has decreased to 0.7 from 1.4 Dane per company as companies have achieved to develop local talent for managerial positions and the financial crisis has led to cost reviews in turn reducing expat positions in Beijing and Northern China. This has meant that DCCC has had to adjust in order better to meet the expectations of our member companies and assuring our offering is value creating. In this context, we have chosen to emphasize what really sets us apart from other organizations, our Danish connection, by offering events and services that are of particular relevance for companies and executives, Danish or non-Danish, related to Denmark instead of trying to compete with the more ‘generic’ events offered by the many other business organizations and chambers of commerce in Beijing.Responses from our 2014 membership survey further helped the DCCC to understand and identify the needs among members. Based on the survey, DCCC has formulated a four legged offering to our members:
  • Regular network meetings with incoming Danish speakers, CEOs, GMs and people of interest sharing their Danish-Chinese perspectives on current affairs.
  • Functional Work Groups in the areas of “Legal & IPR” and “Finance” for functional managers in Danish companies facilitating knowledge sharing as well as updates on new regulations in China.
  • Being the most cost competitive provider of training and seminars for local employees among all the chambers in Beijing, hereunder creating training/ workshops/panel discussions/language courses etc. explaining the unique cultural aspects of working for a Danish company.
  • Unique social events making Beijing & North China a fun and exciting place to work, and to give DCCC’s members a feeling of community across all the different cultural backgrounds.
DCCC Beijing & North China’s Annual Danish Charity Ball is still one of the largest recurring events for the Danish community in Asia, this year with performances by Danish music legend Thomas Helmig. We are happy to see that this tradition is also being enthusiastically embraced by our non-Danish members, and we are proud that we throughout the past 10 years have been able to collect more than RMB 5 million in charity donations through this ball.

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We are Pleased to Welcome our New Member:

Corporate Member:
Softnet (Shanghai) Information Technology Consulting Co., Ltd is a telecommunications network operator established in 1996. The company has been present in in China since 2008, where SoftNet provides fast, reliable and secure connection via fiber. These connections can be local, in China, as well as cross continental – for instance connecting European/American headquarters with their offices in China. SoftNET serve companies in all sectors and sizes to stay connected with their operations in China.

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News from our Members

Style Butler Stock Sale in September – click here
Visit the the Danish Pavilion at The Crystal Globe Expo 2015 – click here

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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

New Danish Ambassador presents his credentials to Chinese President Xi Jinping
On the 19th of August 2015, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard presented the Letter of Credence by which Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark nominates him as Ambassador of Denmark to China, to the Chinese President, His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping.
President Xi Jinping warmly welcomed the Ambassador to China, and asked him to convey his sincere greetings and good wishes to Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark. The President added that China wishes to continue to strengthen the strong cooperation and close bilateral relations with DenmarkIn reply, the Ambassador, by command of The Queen, conveyed Her Majesty’s best wishes to the President and the Chinese people as well as expressed Her Majesty’s fond memories of a very successful State Visit to China last year. He added that he would work hard in his new post to contribute to a further development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Denmark and China.
Ambassador Damsgaard is the 23rd Danish Ambassador to China since Denmark’s first diplomatic mission in the country in 1908.
“I am deeply honoured to be nominated as Ambassador of Denmark to China. I look forward to meet the Chinese people and to learn more about Chinese culture – and to further develop the historically close cooperation between our two countries,” says Ambassador Damsgaard.Introduction of the Visa Information System
The Visa Information System – or VIS – will come into force the 12th of October. When applying for the first time, all applicants will have to appear in person at an external service provider. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS database and stored for five years. Frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period, as the fingerprints will be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.
The VIS will contain all Schengen visa applications and the decisions taken by any Schengen State’s consulate. This will facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border of the European Union, as well as enhance security. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to a refusal of a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter.
The implementation of the VIS is part of the gradual worldwide deployment, which began in 2011. On the same day as in China, the VIS will start operating in all Schengen missions in East Asia.Possibility to reacquire Citizenship comes into Effect
The 18th of December 2014 the Danish Parliament adopted a new Nationality Act. The new Nationality Act concerning multiple nationalities comes into force the 1st of September 2015.  The new legislation will allow a number of citizens to reacquire or retain their Danish citizenship while also having or obtaining another citizenship.
Former Danish citizens that have lost their citizenship due to becoming citizens in a different country will from the 1st of September be able to reclaim their Danish citizenship by making a declaration directly to The State Administration (Statsforvaltningen) if they meet certain specified criteria. The State Administration charges a fee of DKK 1.100-1.200,-.
The declaration may also be handed in to a Danish diplomatic or honorary mission abroad, who will then charge an extra separate fee.
Access to multiple nationalities is not decided by Danish law alone. For a person to acquire multiple nationality this must be allowed in the nationality laws of each of the states in which the person wishes to hold nationality.
More information will follow on the Danish representation’s webpage.
You can read more about multiple nationalities here.

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Hvad er danskerlisten?

Danskerlisten giver Udenrigsministeriet mulighed for at kontakte danskere i udlandet i en krisesituation. Det kan være ved naturkatastrofer, terroraktioner eller væbnet konflikt i det land, du opholder dig i. I den slags situationer kan det være nyttigt for dig at få information om en sikker og hurtig måde at forlade området på.
Det er frivilligt, om man som dansker ønsker at registrere sig.
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Registrér dig på danskerlisten herFor more news from the Consulate General in Shanghai subscribe at our website or find us on Facebook and Weibo
http://kina.um.dk – http://facebook.com/AmbKina – http://weibo.com/danishembassy – http://t.qq.com/dkembassy
Follow upcoming Danish cultural performances and events in Shanghai on http://www.culturedenmark.com/en

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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday September 2nd 2015 Nordic event: Tailoring Nordic Products, Services and Marketing to the Chinese Consumer
  • Friday September 11th 2015         Welcome Back Barbecue
  • Thursday September 17th 2015    InterChamber Investment Seminar
  • Friday September 18th 2015         Danish Friday & My Five Biggest Mistakes and What I Wish I Knew Then with Kasper Leschly
  • Tuesday September 22nd              InterChamber Mixer in Suzhou
  • Thursday September 24th             Nordic event: Wine Tasting with Chile Wine Association
  • Friday October 16th 2015              Danish Friday
  • Tuesday October                           Team Management – How to Employ the Right People – Interview   Techniques for Effective Hiring
  • Saturday October 24th 2015          Business Person of Year Gala Ball
  • Wednesday November 4th 2015    Team Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Tuesday November 10th 2015        Lecture by Lars Kolind
  • Friday November 20th 2015           Danish Friday
  • Wednesday November 25th 2015  Team Management: Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings
  • Saturday November 28th 2015       YP Christmas Party
To sign up for any of the above events please go to our home page: http://dccc-shanghai.com/events/

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Newsletter June/July 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

Dear members and friends of the Chamber!

Soon DCCC is closing for our summer break, but before that I would like to share with you a bit of what is to come in the second half of the year.

Our core mission as always is to provide networking and knowledge sharing opportunities to Danes and people with relation to Danish Businesses in greater Shanghai area. Great events are at the heart of how we carry out our mission, but in the future we are adding two new focus areas based on the positive feedback we have been getting from you our members. We will put more emphasis on the concepts of “Active Participation” and “Community”. So let me explain briefly what we mean by this.

Many of you have told us you would like to be more engaged with DCCC, that you like more interactive event formats where the guest are not only there to consume value, but where everyone is expected to contribute. We call this Active Participation and we are bringing this concept to life in a new Working Group event format with thematic working groups based around specific topics where you as members can share knowledge and benefit from the collective experience of our whole chamber. Expect further announcements about working groups as we head into the autumn.

In the board we will continue to pursue new ways to engage you as members and create options for Active Participation based on the simple understanding that in our knowledge sharing network the more you participate the more value you get from being a member of DCCC.

Our second focus area going forward is around Community, more specifically around linking up all the great things that are happening in the Danish Community in Shanghai, even if those activities do not fall under the DCCC umbrella. Specifically we have three initiatives coming up in the near future.

Firstly is the launch of a new DCCC Shanghai website, where we will feature descriptions and links to other groups and organizations of relevance to both newcomers and long timers in the Danish Community.

Secondly we are going to create more room for other community organizations to present and get awareness during our signature Welcome Back BBQ in September. This event is a great opportunity for you to meet the Danish Community in Shanghai and of course enjoy a great evening with food, drinks and roof top party.

Lastly, but of no less importance, we are adjusting our policy on letting others use our mailing list to reach out to our members. Until now such request have been met with a clear “no” as we did not want to spam our busy members with too many mails, and I am sure some of you already feel you get plenty of mails from us. Going forward, when you sign up to our mailing list you will have the choice to define what types of mails you are interested to receive from DCCC, and there will be a new choice to receive Community Updates. These community updates will be sent at most once per week, with a summary of pre-screened third party message that are deemed of interest to our members. You will need to “Opt-In” in order to receive these third party updates – you can do that already now by clicking “update subscription preferences” all the way at the very bottom of this mail.

Go ahead and have a look at the new website here: http://dccc-shanghai.com and if you are doing something that you would like to bring to the attention of the Danish Community, either in the Community section on our website, or in the new Community Update newsletter, please contact Anneli Vilu at ExecutiveDirector@dccc-shanghai.com.

Wish you all a pleasant summer! We will be back with lots of great events in August.

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Ambassador of Denmark to China awarded Chinese “Friendship Ambassador” titleAmbassador Friis Arne Petersen was awarded the honorary title of “Friendship Ambassador” by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) at a ceremony at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs the 26th of June. The honorary title was conferred upon Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen for his commitment to advancing friendship and cooperation between Denmark and China during his tenure as Danish Ambassador to China 2010-2015.

Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen is the first Danish citizen to receive this award. The honorary title has existed in 25 years and a total of 96 different citizens have been awarded the title during these years. It follows the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China.

At the ceremony the Chinese government was represented by Vice Minister Wang Chao from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice Energy Minister Liu Qi, and Director Generals from many sectoral ministries – that Denmark has the closest cooperation with – in the Chinese Government.

“This award is the recognition to Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, not only from the association for friendship, but also from the Chinese people,” said Vice Minister Wang Chao.

“From when Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen was Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to his post as an Ambassador here, he has been directly involved in growing bilateral relations, he has personally led the effort to advance the exchanges and cooperation between our two countries in various fields and brought about a number of historical breakthroughs in our bilateral relationship. He has captured the hearts of Chinese people through his sincere exchanges with them both by participating in popular tv-shows such as Tiantian Xiangshang and through the social media, where he is the foreign Ambassador with most followers in China with more than 100,000 followers. In addition, Ambassador Petersen’s pioneering spirit and his personal charisma has also played an important role in enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship.” said Vice Minister Wang Chao in his introduction of the award in the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Vice President Song Jingwu from CPAFFC was there to present the award to Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.

“We hope Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen will continue to act as the ‘Friendship Ambassador’ between China and Denmark, and enhance the friendship between our two peoples. We hope that, as an old friend of Chinese people, he will continue to introduce China to the whole world and promote the world’s understanding of China.”


Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen was appointed as Ambassador to China in 2010. Prior to China, he was Permanent Secretary of State in the Danish Foreign Ministry for more than eight years from 1997-2005, and the Danish Ambassador to the US from 2005 to 2010. Starting from August 2015, he will be posted in Berlin as Denmark’s new Ambassador to Germany.During his tenure in China, there was two State Visits between China and Denmark. Her Majesty Queen Margarethe II paid State Visit to China, which further enhanced the two countries bilateral political mutual trust; the bilateral business relationship has been growing with the goods and services trade volume between our two countries passing the 18 billion US dollar threshold; China became Denmark’s largest trading partner in Asia, and second largest export market and investment destination outside the EU; exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various fields have been growing quickly, with the joint efforts, the two countries set up China National Renewable Energy Center and Education Center, cultural centers have also been set up in each other’s capitals; there is closer cooperation between the two foreign ministries, the two sides established the consultation mechanism on consular affairs and Arctic affairs, the two sides have jointly compiled China-Denmark Joint Work Program, the first among Nordic countries.

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Did you miss any DCCC’s events in June?
Here are some highlights:

DCCC Young Professionals’ Summer Football Tournament
June 14th at Shanghai Stadium

Behind the Scenes of the Danish Film Industry with Caroline Blanco and Christian Potalivo
June 17th at the Danish Consulate

and
One Belt, One Road by Mary Boyd
June 18th at the Four Seasons Hotel


Congratulation to the Emerging Leaders 6 Module Training Participants – June 2015

(Photos  by Xiao Xin Wang)
On June 4th, the forth group of Emerging Leaders course completed the 6 module training in Chinese developed by DCCC Shanghai together with Conchius, Aperian Global and Mercuri Urval. It was celebrated with certificates presented by Chairman of DCCC Shanghai Emil Hauch Jensen.Big congratulations go to the following people:

A great thank to our facilitators on the 6 module training: CONCHIUS, Mercuri Urval and Aperian Global for their big support to this program during the last 4 years.

Team Management – 3 Module Training in Chinese – Autumn 2015 – Sign up Now!DCCC Shanghai is once again due to popular demand launching the Team management 3 Module Training in Chinese together with some of the leading companies within talent management and people development. The target is for the participants to obtain the skills needed to work and lead efficiently in an organization operating with both Chinese and Danish Influence.

The training is targeting emerging or middle management Chinese staff at our member companies. The 3 modules are taught in Chinese over 3 months. Each module is a half-day training in the morning. After completing all 3 modules, the participant will get an official certificate issued by DCCC Shanghai together with the facilitators.

The modules are:

  • How to Employ the Right People – Interview Techniques for Effective Hiring with Cathy Wen and Kathy Jiang from MPS – September 8th 2015
  • Coaching for Performance with Steve Liu from CONCHIUS – November 4th 2015
  • Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings with Steve Liu from CONCHIUS – November 25th 2015
Price: 2.450,- RMB (including 6 module training, materials and catering)Sign Up: Please sign up with details of: name, company, title/occupation and seniority before August 27th 2015. Members Only.

For more details in Chinese click here and English click here.

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Save the dates:

Welcome Back BBQ – on Friday, September 11th at Fairmont Peace Hotel roof top terrace

Business Person of Year Gala Ball – on Saturday, October 24th at Shangri-la Jingan


Time to Nominate Your Candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur of the Year 2015
Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Winner Kasper Leschly and Runner-up Pia Elers
(Photo by Rasmus Daniel Taun)
Once again it is time to nominate your candidates for Business Person and Entrepreneur Of The Year in China!

The Selection Committee rely on your input to identify the right candidates. Your help is crucial – we need all the names, you can think of. You don’t have to be a member of the chamber to nominate and the candidates can be both members and non-members.

Please send your suggestion by replying to this e-mail (mail@dccc-shanghai.com) with names, e-mail addresses and a note stating if the nomination is for Business Person of the Year or Entrepreneur of the Year.

Candidates will later be asked to submit a detailed profile themselves.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

Business Person of the Year

  • A Candidate will have achieved significant results for his/her company and/or organization, representing continuity over a significant number of years (with attention being paid particularly to the last 3-5 years)
  • A Candidate – respected in the Danish and Chinese business communities – has contributed to the understanding between Denmark and China and as such has acted as an ambassador for Danes and the Danish business community in China
  • A Candidate going beyond their formal job duties to represent new ingenious ideas, which have – or will – benefit Danish ways of doing business.
Entrepreneur of the Year
  • A Danish or Chinese national, located in China or Denmark who has made a substantial mark with a new important contribution and impact to Denmark and/or China during the last year(s)
  • The Candidate should have endured personal risk to achieve success be it financial or otherwise
  • The Candidate should be able to demonstrate a certain unique idea, knowledge, talent, or business concept with identifiable Sino-Danish elements which should be sustainable and have potential for growth and/or scalability
  • The age of the Candidate is not decisive, but younger candidates and those who have reached early achievement should be favored
  • The Candidate could be a business person, creative person, scholar or an artist.
Please note that the present sitting members of the selection committee and the members of the three DCCC Boards are excluded from nomination.

If questions please don’t hesitate to contact Anneli Vilu at mail@dccc-shanghai.com

Winners will be celebrated at the gala party on Saturday October 24th 2015 in Shanghai at Jing An Shangri-La hotel. We are flying in one of the greatest Danish MCs – the famous comedian, actor and singing TV host Amin Jensen – to conduct the evening and entertain our guests. You don’t want to miss this party!

Amin Jensen
Earlier Award Winners

Business Person of the Year
2014 – Jens Eskelund – Maersk China
2013 – Peter N. Rasmussen – Asia Base
2012 – Steffen Schiottz-Christensen – NTS Logistics Management/A.P. Moller Group
2011 – John F. Christensen – Prime Cargo/Wagas
2010 – Hans Michael Jebsen – Jebsen & Co.
2009 – Morten Bay Jensen – Ecco
2008 – Zhen Jian Guo – Former Chinese Ambassador to Denmark
2007 – Allan Warburg – Bestseller China

Entrepreneur of the Year
2014 – Kasper Leschly – D:Fuse
2013 – Jens Purup – Access People
2012 – Casper Tollerud – Genuine China Tours
2011 – Simon Lichtenberg – Trayton Group
2010 – Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen – China Soft
2009 – Anne Charlotte Lembye – Lukou

The History Behind the Awards
Many people show outstanding performances in the development of Danish business in China. These achievements often go relatively unnoticed over several years by the general community and are typically performed by very dedicated, but also very modest individuals.

In 2007 the Danish Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai on behalf of the Danish Chambers in China therefore instituted the “Business Person of the Year” award to celebrate these individuals with deserved attention. It was followed by a second award “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009.

Every year a nomination process will lead to a selection of the winners of the the two awards and they will be announced and celebrated at the awards ceremony.

At the award ceremony the winners receive the “Vilhelm Award Statuette”. The statuette is named “Vilhelm” after the famous and industrious Danish entrepreneur Vilhelm Meyer who lived and worked in Shanghai from 1900 to 1935. The statuette is designed by the famous Danish designer Carsten Jorgensen and it represents the Nightingale from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.

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We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:

Corporate Member:

DESMI has specialized in the development, manufacture, sale and service of pump solutions for marine, industry, oil spill combating, defense & fuel and utility operating globally but acting locally. Our product range – completed by products from other leading, world-class manufacturers – is complemented by related services such as the design and installation of pump systems and after sales service through our network of service centers. The DESMI pumps and systems are sold to more than 100 countries via its worldwide network of subsidiaries and distributors. Green technology and environmental consciousness in general are very important issues to us, and all our products are manufactured in compliance with the present regulations.
Individual Member:
Willy Foo

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News from our Members

HAY Warehouse Sale from July 11th-12th – click here
Style Butler Summer Sale from July 4th – click here

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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

Consulate General in Shanghai organizes classic concert
On the 2nd of June the 150 year anniversary of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was celebrated by a commemorating concert in Shanghai co-organized by the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai alongside the Finnish Consulate General.
The concert was performed by the Ensemble Les Amis from Shanghai at the historical HeLu Ting Concert Hall. The Ensemble Les Amis is the only professional chamber music ensemble in Shanghai listed in the Directory of Chinese Music Formation for External Recommendation by the Central Ministry of Culture China.
Mogens Pedersen, Consul at the Consulate General in Shanghai, attended the celebratory concert and was joined by Consul General to Finland Marja Aspelund. The concert was very well attended with more than 200 guests, both Danish, Chinese and Finnish. Prior to the concert a VIP reception was arranged with assistant from the Danish Consulate General where Mogens Pedersen expressed how this concert is a further sign of the increasing Sino-Danish cultural exchange and part of the 65-anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between Denmark and China.

Consulate General in Shanghai presents Danish educational system
On Saturday the 30th of May the Consulate General and the Innovation Centre in Shanghai were invited as guest speakers at the Oriental Danology Institue, ODI.
The event was held at the Jing’An Children’s Library in Shanghai, where Innovation Attaché Nina Espegård Hassel from the Innovation Centre and Nicoline Jonasen, each gave a presentation to 20 Chinese parents interested in learning about Danish educational matters. The subjects were among others the Danish school system, parenting in Denmark, being young in Denmark and young people’s way through the education system. The parents especially wanted to learn how Danes go about parenting and how much they interfere in their children’s future.
The Chinese television station “Shanghai Television” also visited the library to report from the event and made an interview with Innovation Attaché Nina Espegård Hassel.  In spite of the cultural differences, the meeting emphasizes the common interest in better education and parental guidance in Denmark and China.
The Shanghai based ODI is a group of young anthropologists, philosophers, artists and ethno-botanists who envisions a future society, which proposes a discourse that contemplates a series of assertions based on the realities and values that sustain our lives today.

Ambassador hosts maritime networking event in Shanghai
On Thursday the 28th May in the afternoon the Danish Ambassador to China, Mr. Friis Arne Petersen and the Consul General Mr. Nicolai Prytz hosted an exclusive Maritime networking event at the Consulate General in Shanghai.
The main purpose of the event was to gather Danish maritime related companies operating in China including shipping companies, equipment makers and logistics firms/forwarders. 16 Danish companies attended the networking event.
Guest speakers from the Norwegian law firm Wikborg, Rein & Co. and the Shanghai Jinqiao Group was invited to give presentations of the Free Trade Zones (FTZ) in Shanghai and other Chinese cities.
The companies engaged in an open dialogue with the Ambassador about the common challenges and opportunities facing Danish maritime sector as well as the Free Trade Zone’s future prospects and challenges. The companies also took the opportunity to continue the discussion following the light reception.
Denmark is today the world’s 8th largest shipping nation in which Danish shipping transport 10 percent of world trade. A total of 647 ships Danish flagged the highest number over the last 20 years (as of Nov. 2014) equal to 13.8 million BT or 15.9 million DWT.

Consul General in Shanghai attends handover of Telegraphic Code Book
Consul General in Shanghai Mr. Nicolai Prytz attended the handover ceremony between GN Store Nord Ltd and Shanghai Telecom Museum of the first telegraphic code book on June 11th. In May 1871, the first Chinese Telegraphic Code Book was printed and published in Shanghai at the initiative of the Danish Great Northern Telegraph Company, today GN Store Nord. This original print of the first Chinese Telegraphic Code Book is believed to be the last extant in the complete version.
The entire project is supported by GN Store Nord Ltd and Huawei Technologies Denmark Ltd on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and the People’s Republic of China.
“Over the years, an ever closer co-operation between Denmark and China has benefited both countries tremendously. This has improved the regulatory framework to the benefit of both Danish and Chinese companies and paved the way for enhanced trade relations,” said the Consul General.”Shanghai is and has always been an important part of Danish-Chinese relations. At the Consulate-General of Denmark we very much appreciate our close and mutual co-operation with the Municipal Government of Shanghai”.
Besides the Consulate General other representatives from both Danish and Chinese institutions attended the ceremony. Amongst others was Vice President Mr. Lin Shangli from Fudan University in Shanghai, the managing director of GN Netcom China Mr. Jonas Li, Director of Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute at Copenhagen Business School Mr. Carsten Boyer Thøgersen, Director Rasmus Bjørnø of Invest in Denmark as well as representatives from the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at Copenhagen University.

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Det er frivilligt, om man som dansker ønsker at registrere sig.
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Upcoming Events

  • Friday July 3rd 2015                    Nordic event: China Macro Economy Overview by SEB Asia Strategist Sean Yokota
  • Friday July 17th 2015                    Danish Friday
  • Friday August 21st 2015               Danish Friday
  • Tuesday August 25th 2015           Foredrag “Glæden ved forandring” med Mads Vangsø
  • Monday September 7th 2015        On-site visit to Chr. Hansen
  • Tuesday September 8th 2015       Team Management: How to Employ the Right People – Interview Techniques for Effective Hiring
  • Friday September 11th 2015         Welcome Back Barbeque
  • Friday September 18th 2015         Danish Friday
  • Friday October 16th 2015              Danish Friday
  • Saturday October 24th 2015          Business Person of Year Gala Ball
  • Wednesday November 4th 2015    Team Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Tuesday November 10th 2015        Lecture by Lars Kolind
  • Friday November 20th 2015           Danish Friday
  • Wednesday November 25th 2015  Team management: Performance and Formal Feedback Meetings
  • December 2015                              YP Christmas Party
To sign up for any of the above events please go to our home page: http://dccc-shanghai.com/events/

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Newsletter May 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

 

Dear members and friends of the Chamber!

The summer is upon us, and is shaping up to be both interesting and busy.

Back in Denmark the elections are on and are so far looking pretty close, so if you have the right to do so, don’t forget to vote and celebrate this important part of what it means to be a Dane.

Here in Shanghai we continue the celebrations of 65 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and China, most recently with an event with Danish Ambassador to China Mr. Friis Arne Petersen. The event attracted a big crowd and provided an excellent possibility to hear about his 5 years in China, China-US relations, China’s global role and the current status of the Sino-Danish relations. If you missed it, please see the photo gallery below.

The weather has been kind to us in May and we hope it will be equally good to us in June. If you are spending your summer in Shanghai do make DCCC your reason to get out of the office, either to join the YP Football tournament on June 14th or to enjoy a cold drink in good company at our Danish Friday.

If your thirst is more for intellectual stimulation with some inspiration and good conversation, I highly recommend to attend the lecture about China’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy by Mary Boyd, Director in the Economist Group, hear about the latest news from Shanghai Film Festival and Danish film industry during a meeting with Danish film producers, or meet the author of China’s first Blue Book on Anti-Commercial Bribery and a leading lawyer in anti-corruption practice in China, Kate Yin, to know, how to identify, prevent and remediate commercial bribery risks in China.

As is always the case we in DCCC aim to offer you a wide variety of networking opportunities – how much or little you want to take advantage of your opportunities is of course up to you.

Best summer wishes to all of you,

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Denmark holds parliamentary elections on June 18th
Read here how to vote abroad

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Did you miss any DCCC’s events in March?
Here are some highlights:

Accompanying Spouses Business Working Group – How to Make Career in Shanghai as a Creative Designer
May 13th at Lindberg 

(Photo collage by Laura Li)


Danish Friday – Street Party Edition
May 15th at Little Mermaid Hotdogs

(Photo collage by Laura Li)


My China Story by Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
May 28th at Royal Danish Consulate

(Photo collage by Laura Li)


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Save the dates:

Welcome Back BBQ – on Friday, September 11th at Peace Hotel roof top terrace

Business Person of Year Gala Ball – on Saturday, October 24th at Shangri-la Jingan

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We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:

Corporate Member:

Saxo Bank is a leading trading and investment specialist, supporting an international customer base from our headquarters in Copenhagen and offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia. As a fully licensed and regulated European bank, Saxo Bank offers private investors and institutional clients a complete set of tools for implementing their trading and investment strategies. We enable customers to trade FX, FX Options, CFDs, ETFs, Stocks, Futures, Options and other derivatives via our professional multi-asset trading platforms: the downloadable SaxoTrader, the browser-based SaxoWebTrader and our SaxoTrader apps for Apple and Android mobile devices. Our financial community, TradingFloor.com, is the first multi-asset social trading platform, as well as a hub for market news and analysis.
Individual Member: 
Morten Soegaard

Student Member: 
Mads Vesterager Nielsen

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Danish Classes in Shanghai and Suzhou in 2015

 

Here are various offers for learning Danish –  all starting in August-September 2015:

Minhang school: Danish year 1-9 for children aged 5 and upwards on Wednesdays at BISS 3.30pm-5.15pm. Two teams each with a teacher and reading assistant.
Contact: jeanettaamodt@hotmail.com

Hongqiao school: Danish year 1-9 for children aged 5 and upwards on Thursdays at SCIS at 3.15-4.45pm.
Contact: camilla_mariager@hotmail.com

Pudong school: We would like to hear what the interest is in starting a school in Pudong, and would like to hear from anyone interested. If the interest is big enough we will then try to find a place suitable for all. We are looking to split in Danish school year 1-4 and 5-9 each with a teacher and reading assistant.
Contact: camilla_mariager@hotmail.com

Suzhou school: We would like to hear, if you are still interested in having a school in Suzhou.
Contact: camilla_mariager@hotmail.com

This year for the first time the students in year 9 could sit the final Danish exams here in Shanghai, and as we need to inform the Danish education ministry before December about any possible exam candidates 2016 we need to hear from anyone interested before the summer vacation.
Contact: s.klessner@gmail.com

We are starting another adult beginners course with Danish level 1 and 2, and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining. The teaching will be central Shanghai during the daytime.
Contact: camilla_mariager@hotmail.com

As something new we will also offer:
Danish for Chinese employees, who would like to learn Danish level 1 and 2. The teaching will be held within the company office.
Contact: camilla_mariager@hotmail.com

One to one teaching of children in speaking Danish. For children whose first language is not Danish, and the oral Danish is not fluent. The teaching will take place in their homes.
Contact: anne_kathrinethomsen@hotmail.com

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Update From The Royal Danish Consulate

 

Consul General opens Denmark-Shanghai business seminar on urban water solutions
On the 5th of May the Consulate General in Shanghai held the first Denmark-Shanghai Business Forum on urban waste water solutions.
Consul General Mr Nicolai Prytz gave the welcoming speech at the first Denmark-Shanghai Business Seminar on Urban Water. The overall agenda for the seminar was to inform and discuss sustainable utilization of urban water resources and management on urban water environment. The Consul General referred to Danish companies Grundfoss, Kamstrup and Danish Wastewater Equipment who all presented their visions at the seminar on better and more constructive urban waste water solutions.

The Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, was invited to the book launch of the new travel book about Copenhagen by author Guo Jingming
On May the 7th Consul General in Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, attended the book launch for a new book by famous Chinese author and film director Guo Jingming at the Up Arts Gallery in Shanghai. The book is a travel guidebook about the city of Copenhagen and mentions several historical institutions and cultural sights from Copenhagen such as the Little Mermaid Statue, the literary legacy of H.C. Andersen, Tivoli and the free town of Christiania.
The Consul General further mentioned in his speech that “Danish art and culture including our literary legacy is characterized by diversity as well as inclusiveness. Based on pillars of enlightenment, equal cultural access as well as individual thought-process, Danish art and culture embrace and encourage both professional art and normal citizens daily use of and participation in culture of all kind.”

Open Denmark day at the embassy
The Royal Danish Embassy held its annual festive Open Denmark Day on the 9th of May to further showcase all facets of Denmark among Chinese people at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment. Close to 8,000 visitors enjoyed genuine Danish design, gastronomy, art performances and brand names at the Royal Danish Embassy compound in Beijing on Saturday, the 9th of May.

Denmark and China celebrated 65th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations in Beijing and Shanghai
In Beijing state leaders from Denmark and China celebrated the 65th anniversary of establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations with a gala dinner and agriculture and sustainability-themed seminar at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, the 11th of May.

On May 11th Ms. Yan Junqi, Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Mr. Manu Sareen, Danish Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs, Mr. Wang Chao, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Mr. Li Gao, Vice Minister for State Bureau for Letters and Calls and Mr. Song Jingwu, Vice President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries were present at the celebrations together with Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen.
“It is a great pleasure to be here today to celebrate the relations between Denmark and China on behalf of the Danish government,” said Manu Sareen, Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs who was in China for the celebrations.

Following the afternoon seminar at the Great Hall of the People, Danish and Chinese companies including Kopenhagen Fur, Kjeldsens and Husheng Agriculture had an exhibition booth at site where their products and services are showcased. During the gala dinner, performers from the Music Confucius Institute of the Royal Danish Academy of Music had a joint performance with Chinese musicians. A ballet performance was orchestrated by the Royal Danish Ballet School and the Beijing Dance Academy.

In Shanghai on the 12th May the Consulate General in Shanghai celebrated together with 170 guests the 65 year anniversary with a gastronomic event featured two renowned chefs, Mr. Yu Xiao Er from China and Mr. John Kofod Pedersen from Denmark.

Denmark has long been renowned for a very high gastronomic level and by mixing Chinese modern cuisine; the Consulate General arranged an exciting food evening, with a touch of the best from both Danish and Chinese cuisine. During the event the two chefs interacted with the guests and demonstrated their cooking skills, while creating a series of Danish and Chinese fusion dishes.
“Both our cultures have a proud food tradition and a significant part of both Danish and Chinese cultures is food. This is one of the reasons why we have chosen to celebrate this anniversary with a gastronomic event,” said Mr. Nicolai Prytz, Danish Consul General in Shanghai.

Danish Cultural evening hosted in Shanghai to celebrate the 65 Year Anniversary
On Friday the 22nd May more than 60 members from the Nordic chapter of the Chinese organization “Shanghai overseas returnee scholars association” SORAS as well as social media followers of the Danish diplomatic representations in China came to enjoy the evening.
The cultural evening started with a welcoming speech by Ms Nina Espegaard Hassel – education attaché at the Innovation Centre who mentioned that many of the guests from SORSA have studied in Denmark, and after returning to China they continued their interest of Denmark.
At the evening visiting Danish Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen from University of Copenhagen gave a presentation about “The Globalization Paradox; Internationalization and economic nationalism”. After the presentation Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen engaged with the audience in a good discussion about the topic.

Ambassador gives speech at the Shanghai Forum
The 24th of May Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to China, was invited to give a speech at the Shanghai Forum and join in a discussion on European and American perspectives on China’s future politics and development. The focus of the Shanghai Forum is a communication platform for academic, political and commercial communities. This year the forum was hosted by the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai and sponsored by Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.

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Upcoming Events 

  • Tuesday June 2nd 2015            Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary Concert
  • Tuesday June 2nd 2015            How to Build a Successful Cross-functional Team in China (Held in Suzhou)
  • Thursday June 4th 2015            Emerging Leaders – How to Develop the Leader in You
  • Thursday June 11th 2015          Nordic event: Regulatory Compliance – How to Stay out of Trouble?
  • Sunday June 14th 2015             DCCC YP Summer Football Tournament
  • Wednesday June 17th 2015      Meet the Danish Film Producers Caroline Blanco and Christian Potalivo
  • Thursday June 18th 2015          Lecture by Mary Boyd, The Economist Group
  • Friday June 19th 2015               Danish Friday
  • Friday June 26th 2015               Summer InterChamber Mixer
  • Friday July 3rd 2015                  Nordic event: China Macro Economy Overview by SEB Asia Strategist Sean Yokota
  • Friday July 17th 2015                Danish Friday

To sign up for any of the above events please write to Laura Li at assistant@dccc-shanghai.com.

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Newsletter April 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

 

Dear Members and friends of the Chamber!

Our renewed board of DCCC Shanghai is fully in gear for organizing and preparing activities for the spring and autumn season. In May and June, we are going to hold a row of exciting events – from exclusive wine tasting and lectures by prominent speakers, such as Ambassador Friis Arne Pedersen and Mary Boyd from the Economist Group, to our regular HR and Accompanying Spouses Working group meetings, just to mention a few.

In the autumn, we are bringing some surprise guests from Denmark to entertain you, and we kindly ask you to already now mark in your calendars September 4th for our Welcome Back BBQ and October 24th for the Business Person of Year Gala Ball.

We are proud and happy to have 1,000 followers on our mailing list, both members and non-members. Hereby, I would like to make a special appeal to our non-member friends to tell you why it would be useful and practical for you to join us:

  • DCCC is the most important Business Network in Shanghai for Danes and people with affiliation to Danish Businesses, serving you high quality events focused on sharing of best practices for conducting successful business in China.
  • A membership gives you, your staff and your family members access to our events and training courses (in English and Chinese) at member price.
  • In 2014, the Shanghai chamber hosted and co-hosted 70+ events and 12 Danish Fridays, with almost 2,000 participants.

You are always welcome to inquire more information about membership from our secretariat by sending an e-mail to our Event Manager Laura Li, assistant@dccc-shanghai.com.

I wish you all happy May holidays and hope that our busy members and friends can get a short, but much appreciated break to enjoy the pleasant spring weather!

Sincerely,

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Why are people and companies joining DCCC? We asked the following question among our  members:

“What are the benefits for you of being a member of DCCC?”

Please read some of the answers below:

“For my company, DCCC arranges a lot of relevant Business events which brings learning to my team and myself, including training in Chinese!
Socially, DCCC in Shanghai, Beijing and South China is the key institution for arranging a lot of great events/parties which is equally important.
So all in all, DCCC is an important institution to support with a membership so it can keep developing and maintaining the good events!“


Jens Purup Krog, Access People
Corporate member

“Paustian International has been a corporate member of the Danish Chambers of Commerce in Shanghai for 5years, everyone within our company has access to a wide range of benefits that offers us plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities that will allow us to grow professionally as well as individually.
As a member you stay connected to a network of the Danish’s most influential and dynamic companies – of all sizes and in all sectors – forging high-level business relationships at exclusive events.”


Trine Roland Westergaard, Paustian
Corporate member

“Exchanging information with other executives in a foreign and different country benefits not only the company but myself as an individual.
Working and living in a foreign country like China is all about networking, and I think the best way to start is at the DCCC.”


Jonas Frank, Martin Bencher Group
Corporate member

“DCCC helps me get more involved in Danish culture. I am able to be exposed to the up-to-date information and meet people from different fields in Danish organizations.
Moreover, supportive talents here will help you broaden business as well as professional development opportunities through DCCC various networks.”

Han Yu Sun
Individual member

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Did you miss our Easter Lunch on April 11th at Mi Thai?

Here are some highlights:

(Photo collage by Laura Li)

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Save the dates:

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      We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:

      Corporate Member:

      M+R Spedag Group is a Swiss based international Forwarding & Logistics Company with more than 1,000 employees at 42 locations in 22 countries. M+R Spedag manages Seafreight, Airfreight, Warehouse-Logistics, Value Added Service, and comprehensive IT Systems. With offices first in Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore, its operation has now grown into a sizeable network with offices in most major trading centers in Asia.

      Individual Members: 
      Thomas Lindy Sorensen
      Fei Wang

      Student Member: 
      Emil Elgaard

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      News from our members

      China Experience is looking for an intern! Download the job description here.

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      Up-Date From The Royal Danish Consulate

      Denmark joins Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      On the 28th of March, Denmark as the first Nordic country confirmed its intention to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member.
      Denmark and China have previously worked together on a number of development projects including in August 2014, where a new multilateral initiative to boost renewable energy technology transfer between China, Ghana and Zambia was financed by Denmark and UNDP.
      “I am very happy that our government has taken this step. I find it only natural and logical. This year Denmark and China are celebrating our 65th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties, and already in 2008 our two countries signed a comprehensive strategic partnership,” says Mr. Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to China.

      The General Consulate in Shanghai holds tourist agencies meeting
      On 25th March ten representatives from local tourist agencies in Shanghai met with the visa department head of the Consulate General in Shanghai.
      Mogens Pedersen, head of the visa department, welcomed all attending travel agencies and proceeded with a short introduction on the ADS system.
      These annual meetings intend to uphold and reinforce the legal procedures related to visa applications between the ADS accredited travel agencies and the Consulate General. The ADS system – Accredited Destination Service, is a service that enables smoother processing of visa for tourists using the ADS accredited travel agencies, when traveling to Denmark. This will in the end secure a better service for the clients and an easier travel booking.

      Danish Ambassador attends annual Global Ambassador Forum
      The Danish Ambassador to China attended the Global Ambassador Forum held by the Global Times newspaper, this year’s focus is on green city planning.
      On the 17th of April, Danish Ambassador to China, Friis Arne Petersen, attended the Global Times’ Global Ambassador Forum. To celebrate the anniversary, diplomats and experts from several different countries were invited to share their home nations’ experiences and views on this year’s topic: Building smart and green cities.

      Consul General attends opening of Shanghai’s first Danish hot dog stand
      On 24th April the Consul General Nicolai Prytz enjoyed a traditional Danish hotdog together with the co-founder Ms Tina Damsgaard Nielsen and invited business partners and media. The Danish hot dog stand “The Little Mermaid”, is located on Yongkang Road and will be serving traditional Danish hotdogs. Ms. Tina Damsgaard Nielsen hopes to continue the Danish fast food tradition in Shanghai.

      For more news from the Consulate General in Shanghai subscribe at our website or find us on Facebook and Weibo:

      http://kina.um.dk  http://facebook.com/AmbKina http://weibo.com/danishembassy http://t.qq.com/dkembassy

      Follow upcoming Danish cultural performances and events in Shanghai onhttp://www.culturedenmark.com/en

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      Upcoming Events 

      • Tuesday May 12th 2015            Emerging Leaders – Presentation Skills
      • Tuesday May 12th 2015            Danish-Chinese Gastronomic Event
      • Wednesday May 13th 2015       Accompanying Spouses Working Group event
      • Friday May 16th 2015                Nordic event: IPR Training for SMEs
      • Friday May 15th 2015                Danish Friday
      • Tuesday May 19th 2015            Tax & Law Event
      • Friday May 22nd 2015               Wine Tasting with Wines of Chile Association
      • Thursday May 28th 2015           My China Story by Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
      • Tuesday June 2nd 2015            Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary Concert
      • Thursday June 4th 2015            Emerging Leaders – How to Develop the Leader in You
      • Tuesday June 9th 2015              Lecture by Mary Boyd, The Economist Group
      • Friday June 19th 2015               Danish Friday
      • Friday June 26th 2015               Summer InterChamber Mixer

      To sign up for any of the above events please write to Laura Li at assistant@dccc-shanghai.com.

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Newsletter March 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen

 

Dear Members and friends of the Chamber!

This month we had our Annual General Meeting and at the meeting we had the pleasure to welcome new board members Rasmus Riisgaard Mortensen, Francis Hoang, Mathias Boyer and Trine Roland Westergaard as well as new Board Representative from Young Professionals Alexander Petersen.

The board constituted itself with Trine Roland Westergaard as Board Secretary, Niels Roed as Treasurer, Janus Castro Grimnitz as Vice Chairman and I myself received the distinct honor of being elected Chairman of the Board.

With fresh new talent joining our board and following last year’s makeover of our secretariat, you can expect to see a fully energized DCCC bringing you new and exciting changes in 2015!

Our recent member survey pointed out that you as our members would like to play a stronger and more active role in our events. Clearly a lot of you understand that as members of a network, active participation is the key – the more you give the more you get. In the board, one of our goals for 2015 will be to come up with new ways to engage and activate you as members and valuable part of our network.

Some things however will not change, and DCCC will keep a strong focus on our vision to serve the Danish Business Community in China with Inspiration and Sharing of best practices for doing business in China – High Quality Networking Events will remain the core of what we do. Expect a fantastic 2015 with lots of great speakers and fresh thinking on old and new topics of interest. Keep a special eye out for our Signature Events and our Business Person of the Year Gala Ball later this autumn.

I thank you for being a part of DCCC, and I am very much looking forward to a great season ahead of us.

Sincerely,

Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter

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Did you miss any DCCC’s events in March?
Here are some highlights:

 


DCCC Shanghai Annual General Meeting
March 19th at Banyan Tree on the Bund

This year, the Annual General meeting was held on Banyan Tree on the Bund. 33 individual and corporate members enjoyed a pleasant evening with 3-courses dinner, Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports, approval of the accounts and the budget as well as election of the new board. In the end of the program, Niina Sillanpää from MPS China presented the long-awaited Nordic Salary Survey.


(Photo collage by Laura Li)

 


China Thoughts from America by DR International Correspondent Steffen Gram

Chinese Talent Development by Football Coach Mads Davidsen
March 17th at the Danish ConsulateMarch 10th at Peace Fairmont Hotel


(Photo collage by Laura Li)

 


How the Vikings connected Scandinavia to the World by Morten Søvsø
March 25th at the Danish Consulate

 


(Photo collage by Laura Li)

 


HR Working Group – Commonly Made Mistakes Concerning the Chinese Employment Law by Erex Chen
March 26th at Kartel

 

(Photo by Laura Li)

 


Save the date – Danish Easter Lunch

 

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We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:

Individual Members:

  • Peter Fredriksen
  • Sune Svenningsen
  • Rasmus Mortensen
  • David Asmussen

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Up-Date From The Royal Danish Consulate

 

Inspirational coaching seminar held at the Consulate General in Shanghai
The new offices on the 31st floor of the Consulate General in Shanghai set the frame for an inspirational and motivating seminar with the Danish football coach Mads Davidsen. The seminar has held on Tuesday March 17th by DCCC and co-hosted with the General Consulate.
The Consul General Nicolai Prytz started the lecture by given a short introduction speech, stating:
“Chinese sports and football in particularly are in a tremendous development and the national hope is, to put China on the global football map. The ideas behind developing and leading a professional football team might in some ways be comparable to the job as head of department or even CEO of a company.”
Mads Davidsen is the 1st team coach and Head of the U23 team at the professional Chinese football club Shanghai SIPG F.C. The seminar was about how to develop and motivate talent both in Denmark and China and how a talent can be improved with the right mind set and approach. Not only in elite sports, but in the corporate world as well.
This is the first time that the new offices of the Consulate General have hosted an event of this kind.

The General Consulate in Shanghai holds this year’s annual tourist agencies meeting
The Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai held their annual tourist agency meeting on March 25th. Ten representatives from local Shanghainese tourist agencies attended the meeting at the Consulate General.
These annual travel agencies meetings intend to uphold and reinforce the legal procedures related to visa applications between the travel agencies and the Consulate General. The main focal is to insure that everyone travelling to Denmark receives a save, professional and easy visa application process, which in the end will benefit the clients of the travel agencies and secure every one travelling to Denmark a save journey. Mogens Pedersen, who is head of the visa department, was very pleased to both welcome some new partners to the meeting as well as the Consulate General’s long-standing partners.
A similar meeting was held at the Embassy in Beijing on March 4th. At the Embassy in Beijing the Head of the Visa Department, Anja Pedersen, exchanged information about the visa procedures for the upcoming tourist season and the trends and demand in the Chinese market with the Beijing based travel agencies.

The Consulate General in Shanghai hosts exclusive Viking seminar
On March 25th, the Danish Royal Consulate General in Shanghai and DCCC Shanghai co-hosted yet another seminar with guest speaker and Senior Curator Morten Søvsø. Morten Søvsø is Head of Archaeology at the South Western Museums of Denmark and has directed multiple excavations in the town of Ribe primarily focusing on the archaeology and history in Viking and Medieval times.
Prior to the seminar, Consul General Mr. Nicolai Prytz gave a short introduction to the Viking culture and Danish maritime traditions:
“I’m positive that this seminar will make us all much more knowledgeable on how the Vikings connected Scandinavia to the world,” said the Consul General. He further elaborated on Denmark’s historical ties to the maritime field. “One of the corporate areas where Denmark acts as an international leader is in the maritime field. This draws a direct historical link to the Viking culture of Denmark and Scandinavia.”
In total more than 30 people attended the seminar counting both members of the DCCC Shanghai as well as non-members.

Official Opening of the Danish Viking Exhibition in Suzhou
On Friday, March 27th, Ambassador to Denmark in China Mr. Friis Arne Petersen and Danish Consul General in Shanghai Mr. Nicolai Prytz attended the official opening of the Viking Exhibition “Dragons of the Northern Seas – the Viking Age of Denmark” at the Suzhou Museum. The exhibition is a part of the Danish Chinese culture year and the first major cultural event of its kind. The exhibition is a result of a tremendous collaboration between the Suzhou Museum, the South Western Museums and the National Museum of Denmark.
Prior to the opening of the Viking Exhibition, the Trade Council at the General Consulate had invited Danish companies to attend both the Viking exhibition and a special VIP dinner afterwards. At the event, Danish Companies would have a unique opportunity to promote their businesses in China and to network with their customers and partners at the exclusive setting of the Suzhou Museum. The event further included musical performance by the Esbjerg Ensemble, a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Suzhou Museum and a special guided tour for all attendees of the exhibition.
After the official opening, both the Ambassador and the Consul General attended a VIP dinner at the Scholar Hotel and Restaurant in Suzhou alongside Deputy Mayor of Suzhou and other FAO’s from the Suzhou province.
55 specially selected artifacts were showcased at the exhibition, including weapons, jewelry and ornaments. Moreover, the art of Viking Age shipbuilding was demonstrated with an exact modern replica, built at the shipyard of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The Viking exhibition will be open for the public from March 28th until June 28th.
For more information about the Viking exhibition, please follow the link below:
http://www.szmuseum.com/default.php?mod=article&do=detail&tid=5367

The Royal Danish Consulate General and the Innovation Centre Denmark successfully teamed up for Design Shanghai 2015
From March 27th to 30th, the Royal Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark teamed up for one of this year’s greatest design exhibitions in China; Design Shanghai 2015.
Under the heading “Modern Danish” the Consulate General and the Innovation Centre Denmark presented the Danish Pavilion, where Danish designers showcased their design objects.
The Ambassador to Denmark in China Mr. Friis Arne Pedersen as well as Consul General in Shanghai Nicolai Prytz visited the opening of the exhibition on Friday 27th of March. Commercial Consul and team leader of the FDR department at the Consulate General Casper Freddie ensured that both the Ambassador and the Consul General got to see the impressive Danish Pavilion that in total counted 14 stands.
The Danish Pavilion included contemporary design brands such as byKATO, Paustian Furniture, Askman, Louise Roe, Room Copenhagen and VIFA, but also Danish design icon Bang & Olufsen and Jacob Jensen Design. The exhibition was held at the historical Exhibition Centre on Nanjing Road in downtown Shanghai. The “Modern Danish” pavilion enabled visitors to get a sneak peek into the modern Danish lifestyle.
In addition to the expo, five Danish Designers also participated in the Design Innovation Camp arranged by the Innovation Centre Denmark and the Trade Council. Through the camp, the designers gained insights about the Chinese market and strategic considerations in terms of customer preference, market proposition, pricing strategy, e-commerce etc. through field trips, workshops and networking events.
The design exhibition targets a large number of professional audiences, including; designers, buyers and media, as well as potential end-users with an interest for design. Last year more than 47,000 high profile visitors visited the exhibition, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in China’s ever-growing design community. With double the size, this year’s fair featured more than 300 exhibitors separated into contemporary, classic and collectible design halls.
For more news from the Consulate General in Shanghai subscribe at our website or find us on Facebook and Weibo:

http://kina.um.dk  http://facebook.com/AmbKina http://weibo.com/danishembassy http://t.qq.com/dkembassy

Follow upcoming Danish cultural performances and events in Shanghai on http://www.culturedenmark.com/en

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Upcoming Events 

  • Thursday April 9th 2015            YP – Nordic Thoughts on Fashion
  • Saturday April 11th 2015           Easter Lunch
  • Thursday April 16th 2015          Nordic Event: How to Build a Successful Cross-functional Team in China (Held in Suzhou)
  • Friday April 17th 2015               Danish Friday
  • Tuesday April 21st 2015            China and the Never Ending Global Currency War by Carsten Bonde Pedersen
  • Saturday April 26th 2015           On-site visit to Ovodan Foods China Ltd.
  • Friday May 15th 2015                Danish Friday
  • Thursday May 16th 2015           Nordic Event: IPR Training for SMEs
  • Thursday May 28th 2015           My China Story by Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen
  • May 2015                                   Wine Tasting with Wines of Chile

To sign up for any of the above events please write to Laura Li at assistant@dccc-shanghai.com.

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Newsletter February 2015

Chairman’s Corner – Simon Lichtenberg

Dear Members and friends of the Chamber!

The Year of the Goat is on our doorsteps! The oil price has fallen off a cliff   and so has the Russian ruble – Ukraine seems to be without a solution and Europe south of Germany continues a very difficult economic time. The World is having a tough time as well – but China seems to be rolling on! Small adjustments of the growth speed, a continuous soft retail market and some areas dropping real estate prices – but all in all a very strong and resilient Chinese economy.

Chinese austerity measures driven by the Central Government have become the order of the day – which is taking a toll on certain luxury goods, gift items and expensive dining and liquor – and as such is has affected the economy in many ways, but it is clearly not just a fad or something seasonal, the clamp down on corruption and unnecessary spending seems to be here to stay.

All of this affects us more or less directly, much depending on which industry we are in and what products we are selling. Hopefully in the long run it will make the economy more healthy and the Chinese will spend more money on good Danish products like Lego, Kjeldsens cookies, Danish butter, Ship paint, Danish design furniture, B&O speakers or some other of all the good things Denmark has to offer.

For those of Danish companies who are manufacturing or sourcing in China the world economy’s dampening effect on raw material prices may come in handy for some extra profit in 2015.

All in all – we are off to another very exiting year in China! 2015 will be another not boring year in the Chinese busy business world – opportunities and challenges facing us all – as always. Welcome to the year of the Goat and all that this will bring you and your families in a busy China 2015.

The principles for the Chairmanship of DCCC is to stay for 2 years, so I will resign as the Chairman of DCCC at the general meeting in March and as such, this will be my last “Chairman’ Corner”. I will stay on the board and of course continue to support the DCCC work and the new Chairman in the coming years.

It has been a fantastic time working with you and developing DCCC over my 2 years time as Chairman, thank you to all of you that has made DCCC what it is today!

Simon Lichtenberg

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Welcome to Alexander Petersen –
the new President of the Young Professionals

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors of DCCC, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Petersen as the new President of the Young Professionals.

Alexander is the Managing Director of eGISS China Limited, a Danish IT solutions company specializing in global deployment and distribution of standardized PC hardware to large enterprise customers. While setting up the Chinese operations for eGISS, Alexander has also become actively engaged in YP as a board member.

A short year after joining, Alexander accepts the role of President to bring to life his vision for a new YP group. Suffering from an inconsistent membership base of students and interns, it is Alexander’s aim to reinvent the group’s structure and foster a true community amongst the young professionals of Shanghai.

With a focus on networking, career development, and helping recently arrived expats adjust to life in China, YP aims to reinvent itself into a new platform for young people both within and beyond large corporations. Further hoping to inspire students to come back as the new generation of YP, this will be a big step for the DCCC Young Professional network!

Should you have any suggestions or wish to contribute to YP, you can contact Alexander at ape@egiss.dk.

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Did you miss any DCCC’s events in January and February?
Here are some highlights:

 


Accompanying Spouses Business Working Group Meeting
January 20th

This time we have invited Cecile Mazourine who proposed a short workshop around Personal Leadership in order to help the participants to clarify what they really want, what is their center and their envision of what would be great, as well as to build a plan on how others can contribute to practice relentlessness, and finally to measure and celebrate the progress.

(Photo by Laura Li)

The participants went through a 1,5 hours session with creative tasks, couching and active learning of some Personal Leadership tools.

Next meeting in the working group will be held in March at the charity organization Stepping Stones.

To join the working group, share ideas for potential speakers or get more information about the working group and their work please contact the secretariat at mail@dccc-shanghai.com

 


HR Working Group – The Essentials for SMEs Operating in China
January 29th

Many foreign companies especially SMEs are unaware of key elements of the labor law in China. Therefore, this HR session aimed to provide an opportunity to clarify any HR related issues and the preferential policies for foreign SMEs operating in China.

The meeting was held in the cozy Melange Oasis in Jiashan Market, and it attracted more than 30 participants. Besides our usual HR events’ audience – HR managers – this time several Danish and international SME owners were represented.


(Photo by Laura Li)

The speakers, Chen Chunjie and Joy Shen from HROne talked about HR Related Laws, Employment, Labor Cost, Mandatory Benefits, Individual Income Tax, Termination & Severance Payment, Individual Income Tax Refund, Government Support for Specified Companies, Trade Union Benefits and many other vital topics for SMEs, creating an active round table discussion between participants.

 


SMEs: Meet your peers! Inter Chamber Networking Event at Kartel
February 4th

 


(Photo collage by Laura Li)

 


On-site Visit to Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
February 5th

Nearly 30 people joined the site visit at Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen at the idyllic Ferguson Lane in the Former French Concession and got a look inside the Shanghai design studio of one of Scandinavia’s leading architecture firms.

After a short tour in the company, Chris Hardie and Rasmus Duong-Grunnet offered an inspiring and in-depth lecture on how Nordic design values can be applied in Chinese cities, while the Danish EQ treated the participants with frikadeller, sweets and drinks.

 

(Photo collage by Sarah Jiang/Laura Li)

 


Save the date!

DCCC Shanghai
Annual General Meeting

18:30 on Thursday March 19th at Banyan Tree on the Bund

Meet the Board Members – and learn what is coming up next for DCCC Shanghai and China. The program includes:

  • 3-courses dinner
  • DCCC Annual General Meeting
  • Presentation of the results of the Scandinavian Salary Survey by MPS China

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We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:


With 7,700 people and a global network, Geodis Wilson is one of the world’s largest freight management companies. The company serves its customers with integrated supply chain solutions that deliver cargo by sea and air. Their expertise, value-added services and e-services enable to streamline the flow of goods and make the supply chain more transparent and easier to manage.

http://www.geodiswilson.com/

Individual Members:
Bo Udsen
Michael Mellerup
Alexander Petersen
Steen Teisen

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News from our Members

SAS opens ticket sales – Ready for take off to Hong Kong

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Up-Date From The Royal Danish Consulate

Denmark celebrates 65-year anniversary of recognition of the People’s Republic of China

On the 9th of January it was 65 years ago since the Kingdom of Denmark recognized the People’s Republic of China as one of the very first Western countries to do so. This was followed up by the formal establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries the 11th of May 1950.
During the 65th year anniversary, there will be several events in both China and Denmark commemorating the ties between the two countries.
“We have many exciting events coming up this spring, including many more activities from the Danish Cultural Season, where an authentic Danish Viking ship will be exhibited in China,” says Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Ambassador to China.
“Today the relationship between Denmark and China is at an all-time high. Politically, economically and culturally we see an increased growth in both depth and width of the Sino-Danish bonds.”
In 2014 there were a record high number of official visits from Denmark to China and vice versa. The most prominent visit was the State Visit by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II to China on invitation by Chinese President Xi Jiping. The deep ties between China and Denmark were exemplified on many occasions during the visit, not least when the Queen together with First Lady Madame Peng Liyuan read aloud H.C. Andersen fairy tales for Chinese children and when the Queen showed her sincere respect by visiting the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum.
Denmark is the only Western country to have unbroken diplomatic presence in China since 1908 and Denmark is the first Nordic country to have a permanent presence from 1908 in China and from 1912 to establish our own mission in China headed by Preben F. Ahlefeldt-Laurvig making China the first Asian country to host a Danish Embassy.

The Consulate General started the year with a visit by a high-level delegation from the Greater Copenhagen Region from the 12th to the 16th January.

The delegation was led by the chairman of the Regional Council Mrs Anne Sophie Hæstrop Andersen and includes the chairman of Bycirklen the Mayor of Frederikssund Mr John Schmidt Andersen and chairmen of two regional committees, Danish CEOs and external partners.
The visit by the Danish delegation focused on key areas of cooperation with their Chinese counterpart regarding environmental solutions and health service. Experiencing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is also on their agenda.
The visit started in Shanghai with meeting at the Consulate General where the Ambassador to China Mr Friis Arne Petersen briefed the delegation about the Danish – China relations.
From Shanghai the delegation travelled to Nanjing to meet with Mr. Li Xueyong, Governor of Jiangsu in Nanjing, and sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Danish Region and Jiangsu Province.
In Nanjing the Capital region also hosted a Jiangsu-Capital Region Healthcare Leadership seminar for 100 Chinese invited guests. The seminar was moderated by Consul General Nicolai Prytz and co-organized by the Health team at the Embassy in Beijing.
The delegation also visited several local companies as well as the Museum of Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders. The delegation also visited the Green Lighthouse in the Nanjing High-Tech Zone. The green project was introduced as a green urbanization solution in the zone during Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II’s visit in April 2014.
After Nanjing the delegation travelled to Wuxi where they met with the Mayor mr Wang Quan and signed a cooperation agreement between Danish Soil Partnership and Wuxi Urban Development Group. Apart from meeting with local officials of Wuxi, the delegation also visited a coking plant, where Danish companies are preparing for an environmental project regarding soil remediation.
During visit the delegation was accompanied by the Consul General Nicolai Prytz and it ended in Shanghai on the 16th January.

The new offices for the Danish General Consulate in Shanghai and Innovation Centre, Denmark was opened the 22nd of January 2015

On the 22nd of January Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark in China and Danish Consul General in Shanghai Nicolai Prytz inaugurated the new offices of the Royal Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai.
At the reception more than 200 guests coming from the Chinese local municipal governments in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangxi, Danish businesses, diplomats from other foreign representations in Shanghai, media and other partners of the Danish Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai.
The Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai have been situated at Shanghai International Trade Centre since 1994, and due to the increased importance of the bilateral relations between Denmark and China and therefore a large expansion of staff members, the Consulate General decided to relocate to a new office on the 31st floor.
Back in 1994 when the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai opened only nine Danish companies were based in the Shanghai area. Today, there are more than 200 Danish companies in the Shanghai area. It is estimated that more than 1,000 Danish citizens are living permanently in Shanghai. Shanghai is also the region that has the largest concentration of Danish business people and Danish companies.
“During the last two decades Shanghai has seen tremendous development. The city has now become one of the most important financial centres of the world. In this area, the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai is serving Danish interests in not only the metropolis of Shanghai – one of China’s most sophisticated markets – but also the surrounding provinces where there is an access to more than 200 million Chinese consumers moving into or already in the middle class segment,” says Consul General Nicolai Prytz.
The Innovation Centre has been in Shanghai since 2007 and is headed by Executive Director, Mrs. Barbara Scheel Agersnap. She is assisted by Nina Espegård Hassel, who is in charge of higher education and science. Beside Consulate and Innovation Centre the new premises also house Invest in Denmark, headed by Director, Mr Rasmus Bjørnø. Invest in Denmark assists companies from all over China in growing their business through Denmark and Danish partners. Helping Chinese companies to establish branches in Denmark, form partnerships or joint ventures and identify acquisition targets is all part of the services Invest in Denmark offer our Chinese partners.
With the Danish Foreign Service new and strengthened presence here in Shanghai the Consulate General will be in a much better position to service our partners in the future and merging our four business areas – trade promotion, innovation, investment promotion and the visa section – effectively enables us to collaborate with Chinese government institutions – provincial and municipal – and businesses – Danish and Chinese – applicants for visa and consular services.

(Photo collage by Meeja Neergaard/Laura Li)

For more news from the Consulate General in Shanghai subscribe at our website or find us on Facebook and Weibo
http://kina.um.dk  http://facebook.com/AmbKina http://weibo.com/danishembassy http://t.qq.com/dkembassy

Follow upcoming Danish cultural performances and events in Shanghai on http://www.culturedenmark.com/en

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Upcoming Events 

  • Tuesday February 10th 2015       Get Expert Advice on Your Brand and Marketing Challenges in China
  • Friday February 27th 2015           Danish Friday
  • March 2015                                  Talent Development Discussion Between China and Denmark by Mads Davidsen, Football Coach in Shanghai
  • Tuesday March 10th 2015            Emerging Leaders – Working Effectively with Danes
  • Tuesday March 10th 2015            How the US Views China by DR Senior Correspondent Steffen Gram
  • Wednesday March 11th 2015       Accompanying Spouses Business Working Group – Stepping Stones
  • Thursday March 19th 2015           DCCC Shanghai Annual General Meeting
  • March 2015                                   HR Working Group – Mistakes in Employee Management for SMEs and Solutions
  • Friday March 20th                         Danish Friday
  • Tuesday March 24th 2015             Inter Chamber Spring Mixer

To sign up for any of the above events please write to Laura Li at assistant@dccc-shanghai.com.

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