27 January 2011, 13:30 -
More and more European companies are doing business with China. Often, the transfer of technology to Chinese agencies and businesses is an unintended result of these business deals. This leads to unfair competition, which poses a threat to the competition position of our businesses in China as well as those in Europe and around the world.
Government-financed Chinese companies are also making increasing numbers of acquisitions, and it seems as though Dutch companies and the Dutch government have yet to develop sufficient policy in this respect. At the same time, Dutch industry cannot afford to ignore China’s market potential and economic growth.
The time is ripe for determining how we can best utilise the opportunities China offers us and how we can best defuse potential threats.
These goals have prompted the FME (a Dutch organisation for businesses in the technology industry) and the High Tech Systems Platform (“HTSP”) to arrange a special meeting on Thursday, 27 January 2011, from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., at which time companies in the technology industry will be provided with the latest information on the current problems and a chance to discuss possible solutions and opportunities in China and Hong Kong.
The meeting will review such topics as Intellectual Property Rights, Tax & Legislation and the R&D opportunities China and Hong Kong have to offer the Dutch high-tech industry.
FME chair Jan Kamminga will lead the event at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, which will include an extremely interesting discussion with a number of experts, including Rogier de Vrey of CMS Derks Star Busmann. Rogier de Vrey is an Intellectual Property lawyer, whose presentation “IP Protection in China” will provide some insight into the legislation relevant to the industry.
Afterwards, KPMG will make a presentation on ownership rights and tax law, and two reputable companies belonging to the HTSP will share their practical experiences and insights about China.
The Hong Kong Science & Technology Park will outline the interesting R&D and engineering opportunities Hong Kong has to offer and will discuss how Hong Kong may be used as a springboard to the markets in mainland China.
During the panel discussion to be held afterwards, Mr Simon J. Evenett, Professor of International Trade & Economic Development, will make a presentation guaranteed to make you think. Simon J. Evenett is an internationally known expert in such fields as the Level Playing Field and EU and WTO policy and developments.
The panel discussion and the cocktail hour that follows will offer participants ample opportunity to pose company-specific questions and to continue the discussion regarding the opportunities and threats associated with China.
Venue, date and time
The Conference Centre on the Strip of the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. Reception starts at 1:30, with the programme commencing at 2 p.m., ending at 5:30, followed by a networking cocktail hour.
The participation fee is EUR 115 for FME members, and EUR 165 for non-members.
Please register using the registration form.
Please ensure that we receive your registration by no later than Thursday, 20 January 2011!
For more information about this meeting, please contact:
Bas van Vroonhoven (FME)
+31 (0)79 353 12 95
For more information about CMS Derks Star Busmann’s contribution to the meeting, please contact:
Marloes van Deventer (CMS Derks Star Busmann)
Business Development & Communications
T +31 (0)30 212 1579