Following successful Israel investment conferences in Sydney and London aimed at exposing local business communities to the varied investment opportunities in Israel, the largest ever Israel investment conference in China opened last Monday with some 1,000 participants.
The two-day conference is taking place in Beijing and is an initiative of the Division for Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, as well as the ministry's trade missions in China. It is also supported by the Chinese government through the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
The conference was opened by Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Water and Energy, Dr. Yuval Steinitz. It includes panels on investment opportunities for Chinese companies in Israel and on the contribution of Israeli academia to the development of technology firms.
In addition, B2B meeting will be held between Israeli companies and Chinese investors, and there will be presentations from key figures from the Chinese business world, including Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun International Ltd.; Cheetah Mobile CEO Fu Sheng; founder and CEO of Neusoft Liu Jiren, and from Israel - Shimon Eckhouse, founder of Syneron and John Medved, founder of OurCrowd, among others.
The Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry has been working actively in the Chinese market over the past few years, with diversified activity encouraging trade and opening Chinese projects to Israel companies. It acts through four trade missions in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong -- a number equal to the number of trade missions in the US.
The Foreign Trade Administration regularly surveys Chinese legislation and regulation in order to remove obstacles for Israeli exporters seeking to penetrate this important market. The trade missions also sponsor dozens of activities every year aimed at creating business opportunities for Israeli companies in China in several fields, from water and agriculture to new media and consumer products.
In addition, through the India-China-Japan fund, the Foreign Trade Administration supports companies that have made China a strategic marketing target. The administration also subsidizes the opening of Israeli companies' marketing offices in China. It should be noted that this is a competitive endeavor with basic criteria that need to be met.