Newsletter November 2021

Board’s Corner

Shanghai, December 1st, 2021 Dear DCCC members, 

The 3rd and last Lars of the board coming with his angle for the month.We are now in the final month of 2021. The November weather has given us clear indication that winter is around the corner. Moving into December means a lot of families fly back to Denmark to enjoy colder weather along with spending some proper Hygge time with the family. I hope the many, who are staying in China, enjoys some hot chocolate and takes the time to see or get in touch with family. We hope for pleasant weather in the coming weeks, both in Denmark and in China.November was yet another month reminding us that currently things are seldom constant, often testing the resilience of China’s healthcare system and their approach towards COVID. With only few confirmed cases, more than 50.000 people had to get tested, and a lot of flights were canceled, we truly are living in turbulent times. This year many industries have been heavily impacted that in previous years would be categorized as anomalies. These include supply chain disruptions, increasing transportation- and raw material -costs to mention a few. Yet another reason reminding us to stay sharp and resilient in this market of uncertainty. These uncertainties have increased the number of Danish SMEs coming to China, to be closer to the value chain and it is believed that it will keep increasing over the coming years.In November, we hosted several events. One of which is the first ever DCCC training in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership, that had 19 participants, and was very well-received by the attendees. It will be most likely be hosted again in 2022.On November 17th DCCC Co-Organized the first Nordic Marketing Day with the other Nordic chambers and Nordic Friend. Where it was possible to hear Nordic companies marketing strategy and practicalities, as well networking with industry professionals. People were provided with latest marketing tools and trends and a greater network across the Nordics.The HR- and Finance & Legal -Workgroup had a joint breakfast session about hiring and firing employees in China and the consequences this can bring if not done properly.The annual Christmas Dinner was held at Henkes, as tradition dictates. A very hyggelig evening, with traditional Danish inspired food, lot of schnaps, beer and unforgettable moments.Finally, the most anticipated event of the year in terms of DCCC events, the Business erson of the Year Award Gala. The glamorous event was held at the historical Chamber of Commerce building at the Bvlgari Hotel, where dancers and a live band all played a role in the events of the evening. The Young professional of the year went to Alexander Schandorff for his hard work as general manager for AYTM and Gran Living. Entrepreneur of the year went to Jamal Hajjaj, who is based in Xiamen. He won for his tremendous efforts and risk of setting up and running his own successful sourcing office. The Business Person of the year went to Christine Zhou, SVP and President of Region China for Novo Nordisk. Her contribution as leader and to the Sino-Danish collaboration serves as role model for all.Going forward, DCCC will have an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Shanghai on Wednesday December 8th at the Royal Danish Consulate General Shanghai, to solicit the agreement made from all 3 chambers to consolidate into one chamber.I wish you all a great December, merry Christmas, and Happy new year, and look forward to seeing you at the at the Royal Danish General Consulate on the 8th of December, for the EGM! Lars Melgaard AlgayerDCCC EAST YP Chairman, Board representative.Business Developer Manager, Confederation of Danish Industries – Asia Base

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– 8 December | Extraordinary General Meeting – ShanghaiThe DCCC invites all members of the DCCC to join the Extraordinary General Meeting to soclicit the agreement of our membership to pass a new set of AoA and Bylaws which will subsequently be registered with the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs.– 9 December Interchamber Christmas MixerLast chance to get your ticket for the biggest party of the year with the Danish business community!

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Royal Danish Consulate

Consulate General

Consul General Jakob Linulf has participated in several high level events in November such as launching and naming of the new Maersk Ship NUUK, opening of NOVOZYMES’ new Shanghai office, visit and meeting with the Mayor of Xuzhou, briefing on behalf of the Diplomatic Corps at CPPCC Shanghai Committee 2021 meeting, visit to the Baidu Apollo Centre, and not least the meeting with Danish foreign Minister Jeppe Kofoed and Danish business leaders.

Trade Council China, ShanghaiCIIE 2021TC Shanghai co-hosted with Danish Pavilion at the fourth CIIE in Shanghai with The Danish Confederation of Industries (DI) and Food Nation. The 500 sqm pavilion which boasted more than 30 danish companies was the largest ever at the CIIE. In addition to the Pavilion 10 other Danish companies participated with their own booths at the CIIE.

Sino- Danish Sustainable Development Forum Packaging & Circular EconomyTC Shanghai co-hosted the event together with the the Innovation Center in Shanghai, CLEAN and (Alibaba Group) to explore the key insights, needs and opportunities in the food packaging and curcular waste management sector.

Innovation Centre Denmark, ShanghaiChina’s new Data Laws, including Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL)

ICDK Shanghai and researchers from the Social Science area at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) are hosting a joint event on the implications of the regulatory framework for Danish-Chinese Research Collaboration.

VR Camp with Venture Cup Denmark

ICDK Shanghai, Seoul, and Bangalore host together with Venture Cup Denmark, a start-up-pitching workshop, giving early start-ups the opportunity to meet key stakeholders in foreign markets. As the title indicates, the event is hosted in a VR setting.

2nd Sino-Danish Child Friendly Community Forum in Suzhou

In early November, the first Sino-Danish Child Friendly Community demonstration site is finished in Suzhou – jointly designed by Tongji University and 3XN/GXN. We will use this opportunity to host our annual CFC forum. We will display the facilities, talk about a blind and deaf special education centre, as well as focusing on the Suzhou/Esbjerg sister-city-project.

SDG Landing Pad Project

In this project, ICDK Shanghai’s role is to identify SDG-related challenges for potential strategic partners. Through open competition, SMEs will have the opportunities to pitch solutions to the challenges described to potential international partners, and if selected, to a 1-year (digital) Landing Pad Program,

Nordic Asian Venture Alliance (NAVA)

ICDK Shanghai is a part of a new project supported by the Danish Industry Foundation aiming to connect Danish and Nordic VCs to East Asian investors and Limited Partners. NAVA will increase funding opportunities for Nordic startups and enhance their scalability in the fast-growing Asian markets.

Invest in DenmarkInternational Hydrogen Energy Center under Tsinghua Industrial R&D InstituteIDK Shanghai was invited to deliver an opening speech about the overall PTX development in Denmark for the IHEC in Beijing, which is an innovation and industry development platform established with joint efforts of Tsinghua University and the government.

Toward Climate Neutrality – The Supply Chain Development and Diversified Application of Offshore Wind at the North SeaIDK Shanghai co-hosted an online event together with Jiangsu Renewable Energy Association and Scottich Development International. Speakers from Danish Wind Export Association enlightened the audience about the evolution of the Danish Wind Value Chain.

Development of the Hemp Industry in ChinaTogether with IDK’s project manager, Dereck, IDK Shanghai was speaking at the conference addressing key notes on the process of the first investment in the hemp industry from China to Denmark.


Consul General Jakob Linulf opens the EU Illustration book exhibition at Shanghai Library where the Consulate donated 3 Danish children’s books.

Upcoming events

10 December: The Consulate General in Shanghai will be closed on Friday 10 December due to internal staff seminar. In case of consular emergency, please call the switchboards Consulate General in Shanghai at +86 (21) 8025 0600, where you will be re-directed to the 24/7 call centre at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

16 December: Launch of the NAVA project in China at the Peach Hotel.

24 December to 31 December: The Consulate General in Shanghai will be closed due to Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

In case of consular emergency, please call the switchboards Consulate General in Shanghai at +86 (21) 8025 0600, where you will be re-directed to the 24/7 call centre at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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