On Wednesday, May 18th, AmCham Southwest held its annual White Paper Celebration and Summer Mixer at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chengdu. Nearly 100 elite guests attended this event, including leaders of local Chinese and foreign-owned businesses, foreign and local government officials, and media representatives. The White Paper Celebration marked the publication of AmCham China’s annual White Paper, titled “American Business in China”. AmCham Southwest contributes regional chapters on Chengdu and Chongqing, and this year’s Chengdu contributors presented their observations and recommendations at this event.
Serving as a unified voice for U.S. enterprises in China, the 2016 American Business in China White Paper presents key points and challenges facing American businesses’ operations in China and is widely referred to by U.S. and Chinese officials. According to the White Paper, Chengdu is Southwest China’s most prosperous and developed city and note that Chengdu has remained at the forefront of development even in the midst of China’s economic slowdown. Chengdu led the region in a variety of indicators including number of Fortune 500 companies, total international trade, and airport passenger and cargo volumes. Chengdu also has Southwest China’s largest number of foreign consulates and largest community of foreign citizens. Foreign-invested enterprises in Chengdu have already received tax breaks and other investment-promoting policies associated with the government’s “One Belt One Road” initiative.白皮书同时指出，成都存在改进空间。一方面，成都市场信息有限；另一方面，成都缺少合格的外国人才。除此之外，房地产、物流等行业也面临着供需错配、成本高企等挑战。针对以上问题，《白皮书》也向四川省政府和成都市政府提出了相关建议和意见。 At the same time, the White Paper described room for improvement in Chengdu. For example, market information is limited and the city lacks qualified local and foreign talent. In addition, the real estate, logistics, and other industries face supply and demand mismatches and high costs. The White Paper offered the Sichuan Provincial Government and the Chengdu Municipal Government suggestions regarding the problems that remain.在这次白皮书庆典中，西南美商会有九位成员企业代表分别讨论了各自领域所涉及的问题，其中包括人才招聘以及海关延迟。尽管问题诸多，但西南美商会坚信中央和地方政府已经认识到这些挑战并且正在努力简化管制、放宽市场准入、创造一个中资和美资企业共赢的公平竞争环境。 At the White Paper Celebration, nine members of AmCham Southwest discussed issues ranging from talent acquisition to customs delays. However, AmCham Southwest is confident that the local and central governments are aware of these challenges and are working to clarify regulations, enable market access, and create a level playing field where both foreign and Chinese companies can succeed.2016年的白皮书庆典对于西南美商会的成员、支持者以及管理者来说也是一个庆祝晚宴，因为这对于西南美商会的成员企业是一次在中国西南地区制定商业政策的良机。白皮书不仅会报告该地区的商业环境，同时也能为企业与中美政府的合作提供一个平台。西南美商会期待与各级政府以及会员公司共同合作，一道在中国西南建立一个更加发达的中美商业环境。 The 2016 White Paper Celebration offered AmCham members, supporters, and leaders to celebrate this opportunity for AmCham member companies to shape policy in Southwest China. The White Paper will not only inform businesses about conditions in the region, but will also provide a platform for engagement with the U.S. and Chinese governments. AmCham looks forward to working with local, provincial, and national officials, as well as member companies, to continue building a strong American business community in Southwest China.
The American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China andThe American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China