The late Deng Xiaoping's mantra of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" has opened the door to foreign businesses in 1978. Since then, foreign direct investment has made significant contribution to China's economic miracle. The formation of joint ventures with foreign companies has enabled Chinese firms to achieve much higher technology output and acquire efficient management techniques.

Forty years on, an export-led manufacturing economy is gradually shifting to a "new normal" one that focuses on service oriented and high-tech industries, making Chinese firms more innovative and competitive.

While Xi Jinping has vowed for further economic reform and trade liberalization, foreign businesses remain cautious of the Chinese style market reform in a highly regulated business environment.

In this 40th Anniversary of Chinese Economic Reform Series, President of The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Mats Harborn, together with Former Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce in China, Tim Stratford, will share key findings on their chambers' latest editions of China business surveys and business outlook.

This is a not to be missed event for business executives.

Light breakfast will be served

*Special thanks to European Chamber in China & American Chamber of Commerce in China


  • Mats Harborn (President at The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China)

    Mats Harborn

    President at The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

    In May 2017 Mats Harborn was elected President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. He had served on the Chamber's Executive Committee since 2013, as Vice President and as States' Representative.Mr. Harborn has been actively involved in Sino-European trade and business relations. In 2005, he was appointed as the Chairman of Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China, a position he held for 8 years. He has been the Chairman China Commercial Vehicles Board of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) since 2010.Mr. Harborn has a proven record of successful introductions of products and companies into China over years. He is now the Executive Director of Scania China Strategic Office, responsible for setting strategies and paving the way for high end CV sales. He joined the company as the Managing Director of Scania China Representative office as well as Scania Sales (China) Co., Ltd in 2004 and held that position until 2010. In June 2000, Mr. Harbornbecame the Marketing and Information Director of Ecolean AB, helping establish Ecoleanas a credible business partner in juice and dairy industry and define it as a sustainable packaging solutions provider. From 1997 to 2000, he had been working for Swedish Embassy in Beijing as Commercial Counsellor, a key position in Sino-Swedish commercial relations.
    Mr. Harborn received a bachelor degree from Lund University on Oriental Studies and Business Admin (1984), and a training course from The Institute of Leadership (IFL) (2008).As a multilingual user, Mr. Harborn has a wide ranging knowledge of Chinese culture and society beyond his business and rich expertise in cross-cultural management.

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  • Timothy Stratford (Former Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in China)

    Timothy Stratford

    Former Chairman at American Chamber of Commerce in China

    Tim Stratford is managing partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Beijing office and a member of the International Trade, Corporate and Public Policy Practice Groups. Mr. Stratford’s practice is focused on advising international clients doing business in China and assisting Chinese companies seeking to expand their businesses globally. As a former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Mr. Stratford is the most senior former U.S. trade official working as a member of the U.S. business community in China. Except for the five years he spent in Washington, D.C. in government service (2005-2010), Mr. Stratford has lived and worked continuously in the greater China region since 1982.

    While at USTR, Mr. Stratford was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy toward mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia. He worked closely with other senior U.S. and Chinese officials from numerous government departments and agencies to address problems encountered by companies engaged in bilateral trade and investment and co-chaired a number of important bilateral working groups and dialogues established under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.

    Prior to serving at USTR, Mr. Stratford was General Counsel for General Motors’ China operations, where he was a member of GM’s senior management team in China and oversaw the company’s legal and trade policy work. Mr. Stratford also served previously as Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brigham Young University, and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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  • Tara Joseph (President at The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong)

    Tara Joseph

    President at The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong


    Tara Joseph is the President of AmCham Hong Kong. In her 22 years as journalist, she has reported on hundreds of the world’s most important and high profile news stories including Russia’s financial crisis, Myanmar’s emergence from virtual isolation, China's rise on the world stage and the Beijing Olympics to name a few. Earlier in her career, Tara was the editor and main presenter of Reuters Financial Television based in London, and covered emerging markets and G7 economic issues. She has twice served as President of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest press clubs.

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Member Price HKD 180
Standard Price HKD 300

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