Newsletter December 2021

Board’s Corner

Dear DCCC members,

December was an eventful month as usual, but even more importantly, this month marked a historic moment for the DCCC as a whole. As businesses prepared to close their books for the year and wind down for a relaxing Christmas season, the DCCC reached a significant milestone, merging three chapters across China into one.  Reflecting on the year as a whole, 2021 was in many ways another year full of uncertainty. In the cross-border M&A field where I work, 2021, against many expectations, saw strong momentum in foreign investments into China. Investment inflows are on track to surpass 1 trillion Yuan, a record high, accelerated by China’s rapid recovery. The strong growth in inbound investments could also be seen by major investment decisions made by some of our member companies. Going forward, I believe China’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality provides a tremendous opportunity for Danish companies to capitalize on in the years to come. On December 8, an Extraordinary General Meeting was held across the three DCCC chapters of North, East and South China, all unanimously voting for the merger of the chambers into one united organization. As we celebrate this merging, I want to emphasize that, like in other M&A projects, the success of this endeavour would not have been possible without the strong leadership and hard work that has been put in over a number of years by numerous individuals and teams. Their dedication has given the community an even more cohesive organization that will better serve the interest of Danish companies in China. We now have a committed board to continue the work as we enter the most important phase in any merger: integrating the organizations, with brand consolidation and the membership database first on the agenda.  On the events side, we kicked off December with a F&B regulatory update webinar, organized together with the Trade Council. Next was the workgroup seminar with Lundbeck, on optimization of China’s mental health policies. On December 9, the Interchamber Christmas mixer was held together with 20 other chambers. Lastly, a webinar on omni-channel marketing was held with the EU SME Centre. On December 21, the board gathered for a final board meeting of the year, planning and setting the sight for 2022, with first activities being finalized as we speak. The focus in 2022 will be on rolling-out and building on the benefits of a united DCCC, and increasing the value proposition of our chamber; more details will come soon. On behalf of the entire board, I also wish to welcome two new members joining DCCC – Suzuki Garphyttan Wire (Suzhou) as corporate member and Tseung Ching Barbara, as an individual member. I wish you a Happy New Year 2022 and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

Klaus BjörkgrenBoard member DCCC EastVice President, Nordic Match

Upcoming events at DCCC

– 11 January Webinar: China’s New Data LawsHow will China’s new data laws affect companies and individuals? Barbar Li, Head of Corporate at Rui Bai Law Firm, will share some insights on China’s new data laws and their implications.– 18 January Webinar: Operating across Cultures Including Remote ManagementIn this seminar, Annette Dahl provides simple and effective tools that you can use to navigate cross-cultural situations, along with advice on how to manage employees from a distance and create commitment and drive among your employees across cultures and locations.– 20 January | Shipping & Logistics: Expectations for the Global Shipping Crisis in 2022 and BeyondThe pandemic has shaken the global shipping and logistics industry and caused a global shipping crisis. How is the outlook of the global shipping and logistics industry in 2022? Will there be improvement or will the new year bring more challenges? The DCCC has invited the experts of the industry to share their insights on the crisis. Save the date and stay tuned for more information!

– 21 January | Nordic After WorkCollaborating with the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Chambers, the DCCC would like to welcome you to the first Nordic After Work of 2022.  Join us to meet and catch up with members and friends with the Nordic Chambers.

Danes Worldwide

Registration Now Open for Summer School for Families  For the 2022 Summer School for Families we have secured a facility in the beautiful village of Løgumkloster near Germany, close to the stunning Wadden Sea and to Ribe, the oldest town in the Nordic countries. From this location, it will be possible to visit many other historic places in Denmark such as Dybbøl and Dannevirke.  Summer School for Families, to be held 9-17 July, is designed for children aged 6-9 and 10-13 accompanied by one or two relatives (parents, grandparents, or other close family members). It provides a unique opportunity to expand knowledge of Denmark and the Danish language and to build contacts among other expat families.  Register here for Summer School for Families.   Go here to check out what the 2021 event looked like.  All the best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Danes Worldwide to expat Danes and their families.

Royal Danish Consulate

Consulate GeneralIn December, Consul General Jakob Linulf hosted year-end events for the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, the Diplomatic Corps as Dean, and not least for the Consulate General’s Danish and Chinese business partners. The Consul General also visited Changshu to meet with local government and Danish companies. Innovation Centre Denmark, ShanghaiChina-Europe-America (CEA) Net-Zero Transition PlatformICDK Shanghai is the knowledge partner at the CEA Net-Zero Transition Platform. Martin Hoxer, Executive Director of ICDK Shanghai was moderating the first session of the conference highlighting the topics of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development.  Danish Academy of Technical Sciences’ China Tech InitiativeTogether with DCBF, Innovation House CN-DK, Sense China, Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research, ICDK Shanghai is supporting the hybrid event hosted by the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. The conference will be highlighting the collaboration between Danish tech-driven SMEs and Chinese partners and stakeholders as well as the current barriers for collaboration.  University Start-Up World CupICDK Shanghai participated in the University Startup World Cup, when the finals kicked-off in the Shanghai Tower decorated in USWC lightshow. 100 impact based start-ups competed to become the world’s best start-up on a university level – all with the purpose of making a positive impact and change in the world. Nava LaunchICDK Shanghai hosted the NAVA Launch in Shanghai introducing 80 professionals including 40 alumni about the NAVA platform as well as the aim of connecting 200 Nordic start-ups with East Asian Venture Capital by increasing both funding opportunities for Danish and Nordic start-ups and scalability in the fast-growing Asian market.

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01/11 Webinar: China’s New Data Laws01/18 Webinar: Operating across Cultures Including Remote Management01/20 Shipping & Logistics: Expectations for the Global Shipping Crisis in 2022 and Beyond01/21 Nordic After Work
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