The Minister of Business and Labour, Roger Torrent i Ramió, is leading an official trip to China to promote the business opportunities offered by Catalonia, attract new foreign investment projects and strengthen commercial relations between the two countries. The mission, which begins this Wednesday and will last until Friday 20 October, arrives first in Hong Kong and will continue to mainland China, with visits and meetings in the areas of Shenzhen, Wuhu, Shanghai and Yantai.
The official visit was organised by the Government's Foreign Trade and Investment Office in Hong Kong and Shanghai and has received support from the Consulate General of China in Barcelona.
Specifically, the agenda for the visit includes several working meetings with Chinese companies such as Shanghai Jingqingrong Garment, Wanhua and Chery, as well as meetings with companies in the fields of technology and semiconductors. The Minister will also meet with representatives of the Catalan company IDIADA to learn about their projects in the Asian market.
In Hong Kong, Minister Torrent will lead an event at the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce to present Catalonia's main assets as a magnet for foreign investment, talent and innovation. Under the title Where Talent Meets Innovation on the Global Stage, around fifty managers and executives from companies in the region will be in attendance.
The Minister of Business and Labour will visit the facilities of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, which is part of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, a public corporation dedicated to the promotion of innovation and technological development; and will hold meetings with other entities such as innovative public procurement platforms and representatives from the local administration. He will also visit The Mills, a leading textile business incubator in the region.
Later, in Shenzhen, the Minister of Business and Labour will meet with technology companies to attract new investment projects to Catalonia and will hold a meeting with institutional representatives of the city council, among others.