Chairman’s Corner – Emil Hauch Jensen
Dear Members and Friends of the Chamber!
In our small Chamber we try hard to deliver value to each and every member, by having something for everyone. You see this clearly in the breadth of offerings from DCCC which just in the last month included events such as:
- A presentation on Challenges and Opportunities for Danish Companies in China by the Danish Ambassador to China A. Carsten Damsgaard,
- An evening with the Chairwoman of Danes Abroad, discussing the solutions to many common issues faced by Danish Expats,
- A visit to the Ovodan factory in Suzhou seeing how a Danish company is helping to lead China towards greater food safety and modern hygienic and efficient food production,
- Beer, Networking and Danish food at the Danish Friday held this time at Brothers Kebab.
In the board and secretariat, we work hard to create great events that are highly relevant and with fantastic speakers, but we need your help! We need you to tell us what topics you are interested in and what kinds of events you would like us to do next.
Our ambition is to be as relevant as possible, and to provide as much value as possible to our members. You vote with your feet when you join one of our events (or not) but we would very much like to also ask you for a bit of verbal feedback by answering three simple questions:
- What would you like us to do more of?
- What would you like us to do less?
- What would you like us to do differently?
Send us your comments either to me (email@example.com) or Anneli Vilu our Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Emil Hauch Jensen
Chairman of the Board, DCCC Shanghai Chapter
Did you Miss any DCCC Shanghai Events in April?
Here are some highlights:
Meet Anne Marie Dalgaard, Secretary General of Danes Worldwide
April 7th at Cafe Sambal
YP On-Site Visit to Suzhou Ovodan Foods Factory & Tongli Water Town
(Photo collage by Alexander Petersen/Laura Li)
April 15th at Brothers Kebab
(Photo collage by Nikolaj Moesgaard/Laura Li)
Save the date: October 22nd 2016 – the 10th Business Person of the Year Gala Ball
– a great and spectacular party filled with surprises. You don’t wanna miss it!
Thanks to our Sponsor:
We are Pleased to Welcome the Following New Members:
BLÜCHER Metal A/S develops, manufactures and markets stainless steel drainage systems from ROOF to FLOOR applications. More information about the company:
- Established in Denmark in 1965
- China office since 2013
- Only one production base located in Denmark supplying to global market
- Involved in setting up the EU standard for drainage systems (CEN)
- Supplier to Danish Loyal Families (Queen Castle etc.)
- Claus Skovgaard Vogel
News from our Members and Friends
Update From The Royal Danish Consulate – April 2016
On Saturday the 19th of March, Nicolai Prytz – Consul General in Shanghai – gave a speech at the opening of the Danish- Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s first surey exhibition “Nothingness is not nothing at all”, at The Long Museum in Shanghai.
Nicolai Prytz mentioned the positive development in the Sino-Danish relations, in particular over the past decades. The Consul General emphasized: “Focus is often on the very positive progress we have made in the political and economic cooperation between our two countries, but we must not forget to mention our bilateral cooperation in the area of culture, where we have made fantastic progress over the past few years. Just last year we had a Viking exhibition in Suzhou, the Sino-Danish cultural season and the opening of the Danish Cultural Centre in Beijing. The visit by such a distinguished artist as Olafur Eliasson is yet another positive contribution to our bilateral exchange in the cultural area”.
Eliasson’s career-spanning exhibition is open to the public during the period March 20th to June 19th 2016 at Long Museum.Trade between Denmark and China hits a historical high in 2015
Bilateral trade between Denmark and China further rose to 116.6 billion Danish kroner (114.6 billion yuan) in 2015. Danish exports of green technologies, health, fashion and design products are the highlight.
Trade in goods and services between Denmark and China reached an all-time high of 116.6 billion Danish kroner (114.6 billion yuan) in 2015, registering a year-on-year increase of six percent, shows the latest figures by Denmark’s official Statistics Bureau.
The Danish exports to China have nearly been tripled in the past decade, to 59.2 billion Danish kroner in 2015. A record 22.1 percent increase was witnessed in Danish exports of goods, to 35.8 billion kroner.
“Denmark is ready to adjust to a new Chinese model based on more sustainable and consumer driven growth. This means that there will be an increase in demand for green technologies, food safety, high-class fashion and design, as well as advanced health and pharmaceuticals products, sectors where Danish companies are world leaders,” says A. Carsten Damsgaard, Danish Ambassador to China.
Denmark opens new Visa Application Centers in five Chinese cities
The new Visa Application Centers are located in Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenyang.
The five centers, adding to the four existing ones in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, highlight Denmark’s continuous effort to facilitate travel by a growing number of Chinese citizens.
“I am very pleased to see these new Visa Centers open their doors in the five provinces with a total population of as big as 357 million,” said A. Carsten Damsgaard, Danish Ambassador to China.
Applications for both short-term visa and long-term residence permit can be handed over to these nine centers across the country. The visa procedure takes approximately five to 11 working days.
Please find below the addresses and contacts of these new centers.
From the 19th to the 22nd of March the “Danish Design Fair” pavilion was open to potential customers, distributors and other visitors during the Shenzhen Creative Week 2016. It provided Chinese visitors with the opportunity to see what the Danish furniture and design scene has to offer.
The “Danish Design Fair” was arranged in collaboration between the Danish Consulate General in Guangzhou and the Chinese design company Mexarts. It included a number of prominent Danish brands and displayed both classic and brand new design products. Among the Danish participants were Jacob Jensen, Linie Design, Onecollection, Verpan and a number of other modern design brands.Consulate General in Shanghai hosts Danish pavilion at annual High-End Hi-Fi event
The Shanghai International High-End Hi-Fi Show was held from the 8th-10th of April.
This year the Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai hosted a Danish Pavilion at the show, where four Danish companies were present. The three-day exhibition took place in the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai, located in the heart of Shanghai’s former French concession.
The Danish Consul General of Shanghai, Nicolai Prytz, gave a speech at the opening ceremony, where he expressed the great satisfaction regarding the co-operation with the companies to make the Danish Pavilion a reality this year, as well as his admiration for the products they presented.
The feedback on the pavilion was generally very positive with many interested Hi-Fi enthusiasts visiting the pavilion. These enthusiasts got to enjoy a live music show, which the Danish Pavilion had arranged for the event, where two Danish students from Odense music school and five Chinese students from Shanghai music conservatory entertained with classical vibes.
Chinese State Counsellor Yang Jiechi warmly received in Copenhagen
On Sunday 17 April, he was received in audience by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II at Fredensborg Castle.
The same day Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen met with the State Counsellor. This was only 2½ weeks after Prime Minister Rasmussen met with President Xi Jinping in Washington DC, and this sequence of high-level contacts is a testament to the importance of the bilateral Danish-Chinese relationship.
A meeting between Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen and the State Counsellor was held on Saturday 16 April to discuss the partnership between Denmark and China, human rights, the regional situation in Asia as well as the development in Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen emphasized the strong ties between Denmark and China, and noted the potential for future collaboration between the two countries.
“China was one of the first countries I visited as new Foreign Minister, and State Counsellor Yang’s visit in Copenhagen is another strong testimony of the good and close collaboration between Denmark and China. We must continue to build and develop this collaboration, which is why we have taken stock on our strategic partnership from 2008 today. We have discussed how to work even closer within the areas of energy, innovation and food safety, where Danish companies and authorities have expertise, which is sought after by Chinese parties,” Minister Kristian Jensen said, and continued:
“Naturally, we discussed the development in Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan, for instance, and we have had an honest dialogue on the development in China, including human rights. Our meeting confirmed that Denmark and China have a special relationship and I will work actively to build on our common interests.”
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- Wednesday May 4th 2016 Nordic Event: China’s Economic Outlook
- Friday May 6th 2016 Exclusive On-Site Visit to the Shanghai Tower
- Tuesday May 10th 2016 Chr. Hansen – Improving Food & Health
- Thursday May 12th 2016 Nordic Event: B&B Communication
- Wednesday May 18th 2016 Emerging Leaders 5th Module: Presentation Skills
- Friday May 20th 2016 YP Danish Friday
- Saturday May 21st 2016 YP Nordic Sports Day
- Friday May 27th 2016 Nordic Event: Lecture by Amy Zhuang, Chief Analyst at Nordea Markets
- Thursday June 2nd 2016 Book Launch with Mathilde Walter Clark
- Tuesday June 14th 2016 Emerging Leaders 6th Module: How to Motivate Employees
- Thursday June 23rd 2016 Event with Royal Danish Ballet & Art Director Nikolaj Hübbe
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