Locate Jersey took to the stage on a recent visit to China to reinforce the message to a Chinese audience that Jersey is ‘open for business’.
Wayne Gallichan of Locate Jersey gave a presentation to an audience of Chinese business leaders at the 16th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen, positioning Jersey as an attractive business and investment environment.
Locate Jersey was invited to attend the conference by the China-Britain Business Council following a successful visit earlier in the year and as part of on-going efforts to raise Jersey’s profile in China. As well as providing a platform to promote Jersey as a leading business centre, the visit gave Mr Gallichan the chance to meet with Vice Governor level officials from the Fujian, Hebei and Hunan provinces to discuss developing opportunities with China.
CIFIT, which this year took place between 7th and 10th September, is China’s number one investment promotion event, attracting prominent Chinese companies seeking cooperation with international partners. Held in the prosperous city of Xiamen, the 2012 conference saw more than 100 000 international attendees, and stands from over fifty countries and regions including Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and Hong Kong.
Wayne Gallichan of Locate Jersey said, ‘China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and throughout the visit there was a genuine interest in Jersey both as a place to do business and as a visitor destination. The Xiamen region in particular has the potential to create huge opportunities for Jersey in sectors including financial services, tourism and potentially e-commerce.’
Mr Gallichan continued ‘We see building a relationship with China as a long term investment and we are already following up the many leads that have resulted from this visit. A significant development resulting from our May visit is that the Mayor of Hangzhou has extended an invitation to a City and Leisure Event in Hangzhou City next month which promises to generate even further interest in the Island.’