A recent visit to major centres in Hong Kong and mainland China has given Jersey the opportunity to seize diverse opportunities across a broad range of sectors, including education, e-commerce, telecoms, digital and tourism as well as financial services.
Led by Economic Development Minister Senator Alan Maclean and coordinated by Locate Jersey, the delegation from Jersey included Wayne Gallichan, Director International Trade, and Nora Zhang, Project Manager at Locate Jersey; Chris Usher, Commercial Director, and Chris Elliot, Operation Director, at Jersey International Business School; and Michael McNally, Head of International Development at Jersey Post.
During the visit, meetings with a number of business leaders and government officials were held in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, including in particular a number of successful meetings with education establishments in these cities.
Two seminars showcasing Jersey as a centre for digital excellence and as a “Gateway to Europe” were also held in Shenzhen, in association with the Shenzhen E-Commerce Services Centre, and Shanghai, in association with Ebrun, a leading e-commerce business.
In addition, meetings were held with a range of businesses including with the Director General of Huawei, a leading world-class telecoms company which has recently announced a deal with Sure.
A dinner was held for media in Hong Kong, whilst in Shanghai the Jersey delegation were also given a tour and introduction to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and met with the China British Business Council (CBBC). Several meetings were also held with Chinese tour operators and travel agencies who are interested in bringing Chinese visitors to the Island for a unique experience of history, culture, food and golf.
Speaking after the visit, Senator Alan Maclean said:
“The Far East is a very competitive and complex market, but it is clear that there are significant opportunities for Jersey businesses in both Hong Kong and China. We are earning a good reputation and are well placed to act as a gateway to Europe for the raft of Chinese firms seeking to expand globally.
“Making a genuine commitment to meet with senior government officials and business figures has been absolutely vital in promoting Jersey’s position as an attractive alternative business centre in the region. During this visit, for instance, real progress was made in the areas of education, tourism and e-commerce that can have a tangible and positive impact in diversifying Jersey’s economy.”
Chris Usher, Commercial Director, Jersey International Business School, added:
"This was a fascinating trip that has resulted in us starting dialogue with several potential partners about Chinese students coming to Jersey to study our two year International Financial Services degree, which is awarded by the University of Buckingham. The interest in Jersey International Business School was extremely strong and our International Foundation Programme was also attractive to Chinese students and colleges.”
The visit formed part of Locate Jersey’s Chinese market entry strategy and built on a programme of recent China-focused activity. Stephen Phillips, CEO of the CBBC, will visit Jersey on Friday 13th June to meet with various local intermediaries and the Jersey Finance China Community of Interest group.