2014 China Outbound Forum (Sanya, Hainan, China)
The outbound expansion of Chinese companies has definitely entered a new phase, with the next few years expected to mark a significant acceleration and widening. The Chinese government took a major step at the end of 2013 to liberalize the regime for outbound investment, drastically simplifying the approval system which until now had been a major obstacle for Chinese corporations planning to invest abroad. While a number of modalities have still to be worked out in 2014, the signal from the Chinese authorities is quite clear: A strong encouragement of the outbound drive of Chinese companies, recognizing that the time has come for many of them to expand their footprint outside the mainland, to acquire the technologies and management know how that will help them improve their competitiveness domestically and internationally and to become global players. By the end of 2013, the total of China’s non financial direct investment abroad has reached US$ 525 billion. Chinese investors are now present in 153 countries around the world. What started as a drive to secure energy and commodities resources has now expanded to almost every sector of economic activity. Issues to be dealt with at the conference include: "When going global becomes a 'Must'"; "'Need to have, need to do': A Check list of for Chinese outbound companies"; "Managing the challenges and risks when moving outbound"; "Learning from success stories"; and "US infrastructure as an opportunity for Chinese companies." More information can be obtained from http://www.chinaoutboundforum.org.
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