Frankfurt , 12 April 2007 The next China Europe Business Meeting will be held in Frankfurt on 7-9 November 2007. The meeting is organized by Horasis and co-hosted by the Deutsche Börse, the State of Hessen, the China Federation of Industrial Economics, and supported by various other Chinese organizations. Over 300 leaders will meet under the theme "Globalizing Chinese Firms". The theme reflects the increased emphasis of Chinese firms to build global and sustainable brands. The programme is structured to provide a maximum amount of knowledge exchange and interaction in a variety of formal and informal settings. It will offer multiple means to gain insight from and access to business leaders and key government officials.
The China Europe Business Meeting is the foremost annual gathering of Chinese business leaders and their counterparts from Europe, North America and other parts of the world. The event is open to Chief Executive Officers of the world's leading companies. “The Horasis China Europe Business Meeting comes at a critical international moment for Chinese business leaders. Interaction with European CEOs could help outline elements of a globalization strategy for Chinese firms.” said Fu Chengyu, Chief Executive Officer, CNOOC, China and Executive Chairman, China Federation of Industrial Economics, China at the 2006 meeting. The co-chairing business leaders of the 2007 meeting are:
- Bertrand Collomb, Chairman, Lafarge, France
- Fu Chengyu, Chief Executive Officer, CNOOC, China
- Jim Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer, SAS, USA
- Henning Kagermann, Chief Executive Officer, SAP, Germany
- Lord Levene, Chairman, Lloyd’s, United Kingdom
- David K.P. Li, Chairman, Bank of East Asia, Hong Kong SAR
- Li Dongsheng, Chairman, TCL, China
- Ma Weihua, Chairman, China Merchants Bank, China
- Klaus-Peter Müller, Chief Executive Officer, Commerzbank, Germany
- Ning Gaoning, Chairman, COFCO, China
“The previous meetings were successfully held in Geneva/Switzerland. We are delighted to accept the invitation by the Deutsche Börse and the State of Hessen to hold the 2007 Meeting in Frankfurt ”, said Frank-Jürgen Richter, President, Horasis
Reto Francioni, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Börse, added: “We are pleased to be co-hosting this meeting of European and Chinese business leaders. Our participations underlines Deutsche Börse´s wish to create synergies with Chinese organizations and to play a complementary role in the international development of Chinese companies. Deutsche Börse's listing platform is the central gateway to the European Capital Markets and next to providing capital it aims to facilitate Chinese companies in winning new business potential in Europe .
Roland Koch, Minister-President of the State of Hessen concluded that ‘The meeting is a significant step in developing a fruitful international dialogue with China. Hessen - in the heart of Europe – is the gateway to Europe and with the global City of Frankfurt the leading European Financial Centre. European and Chinese leaders from business and government are welcome to meet counterparts and potential collaborators to explore opportunities in local and global markets. I am pleased to welcome them as guests during the China Europe Business Meeting.'
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