Silicon Dragon 2017

7th March 2017

Since the Opening Up and Reformation policies of the 1970s and 1980s, China has become the ‘manufacturing engine of the world’, transforming its own economy and global economic landscape with it. It now seems that this was just a first stage, with the second coming in the form of the ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative. This programme announced by President Xi himself looks to upgrade raw Chinese manufacturing might into the high-tech, high-end and high-quality neo-factory of the world, a “created in China” transformation.

In keeping with this push for technological advancement, China-Britain Business Fusion was proud to support Silicon Dragon’s annual London technology forum held at the prestigious London Stock Exchange on the 7th March 2017 for the third year running. Silicon Dragon is a forum platform that illuminates developments of the world’s top tech innovation centres. With an extensive network of entrepreneurs, company executives, investment bankers and service providers from a wide range of sectors, Silicon Dragon brings people together to further the discussion on the technologies that are shaping the world we find ourselves in. Focussing on the new, Silicon Dragon founder Rebecca Fannin brought leading figures in Biotech, Virtual Reality, Innovation Ecosystems, R&D and Venture Capital to elaborate on this changing global landscape. These areas represent some of the hottest attractions for Chinese investment and acquisitions, both domestically and abroad. All panellists shared their valuable thoughts and insights on the transformations happing in China, the West and beyond. Rich in experience and expertise, the panellists delivered excellent discussion and debate. With coverage provided by TinselTech, the event was a great success, building on the accomplishments of previous years.

As the effects of the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative begin to be felt across Eurasia, coupled with the political goings-on in the US, the UK is becoming an increasingly attractive target for Chinese investment. Chinese investors continue to eye the UK as the destination to enrich their money, with the Centre of Economics and Business Research estimating UK-inbound Chinese investment may total some £105bn by 2025. We at CBBF are working with clients and partners exploring the opportunities that this presents. The famous Chinese saying states “the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step” and CBBF will be there to aid and create opportunities every step of the way.

We will be supporting Silicon Dragon’s immediate events in Hong Kong and Beijing on the 12th and 26th of April. Contact us if you wish to be involved.

CBBF is in the process of organising a ‘Belt and Road’ Forum to further explore the commercial opportunities presented by this exciting initiative. Please stay tuned for more information and feel free to contact us if you wish to get involved in this exciting new event.

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