Web 2.0: EC-Link linking Europe-China: EC-Link at the EUCCC Joint Working Group Meeting

Posted on 12 April, 2016


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How can European enterprises engage in China’s rapid urbanization process and the many opportunities it brings? How can Chinese cities benefit from European technologies and know-how?

At the Beijing office of the European Chamber of Commerce China today, the EC-Link project team introduced how the project might become a bridge between Chinese cities and European enterprises, with the newly launched project website being a key channel.

The newly launched website (eclink.org) includes:

  • Information on the 30 pilot projects across the 10 pilot cities and 9 sectors
  • Requests for technologies, capacity building and financial support from 30 pilot projects of EC-Link
  • Urbanization and project news
  • Toolboxes for the 9 sectors of the project

Representatives from European businesses demonstrated keen interest in the subject, particularly the needs and requests from pilot cities. Participants explored what makes for an actionable request, i.e. a request that could result in a cooperation/business opportunity.

Beyond the recently re-launched project website, EC-Link is assessing whether and how a separate Web 2.0 portal could bring cities and experts together. The team gave EUCCC member companies an opportunity to participate at an early stage of defining the core features of the upcoming portal.

Mr. Li Hailong, EC-Link Project Director, introduced the China Society for Urban Studies and China Eco-City Academy and shared new cooperation opportunities. He invited European enterprises to participate in the project activities and to contribute to pilot project development.

Over 50 representatives from European businesses participated in the meeting from Beijing, and 10 attended via video-tele conference equipment from Shanghai.