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Our Top 10 Webinars in 2020

  • In 2020, webinars have become our favorite tool for creating engaging digital experience and sharing knowledge with our beloved clients and friends. During the year, we have organized or co-organized a total of 34 webinars, reaching to thousands of audiences with topics such as Greater Bay Area, Start-ups, E-Commerce, Human Resources Management, Foreign Direct Investments to China, etc. In this article, our Social Media Team lists the top 10 CW webinars worth mentioning. 

In 2020, webinars have become our favorite tool for creating engaging digital experience and sharing knowledge with our beloved clients and friends. During the year, we have organized or co-organized a total of 34 webinars, reaching to thousands of audiences with topics such as Greater Bay Area, Start-ups, E-Commerce, Human Resources Management, Foreign Direct Investments to China, etc.  

 

In this article, our Social Media Team lists the top 10 CW webinars worth mentioning: 

1. China after COVID-19: Options, Opportunities and Possibilities  

The Webinar aimed at Latin American businesses that want to learn from China’s experience in fighting COVID-19, using the example of Shenzhen. 

 

Co-organizers: 

Language: Spanish 

 

Topics covered: 

  • Shenzhen Municipal Government has provided support up to RMB 60 billion in the form of reduction and exemption, subsidies and hold-over payment, among which the financial support will exceed RMB 10 billion. 
  • Shenzhen was able to incorporate mobile technology, big data, and artificial intelligence into its COVID-19 response. 
  • In minimizing the financial impact due to COVID-19, employers must first act swiftly in adopting temporary policy to protect the safety of employees, analyze from the financial perspective how to reduce unnecessary operating costs and enhance receivables control. Lastly, businesses should re-think their business models from a long term perspective and start adopting a digital strategy.  

 

2. As China returns to work, is it business as usual? Lessons learned. 

 

In this webinar, we gathered a group of panelists to share the lessons the world can learn from China after lifting their lockdown, reopening their economy and business is back to “Normalcy”. 

 

Co-organizer: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce California Chapter 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • Official China forecasts of 2020 and 2021, GDP, Imports, Exports, FDI 
  • Estimate of when the economy will go back to normal 
  • How was the process to get the business reopened? Was it by region? By Industry? By relevance? 
  • US-China Trade Relations after COVID-19 
  • Recommendations for small and mid-sized companies in Mexico and the US as to what to do and not to do to make made things easier throughout the “stay home” order 
  • Major legislative changes in the US anticipated as a consequences of the COVID-19 
  • What business opportunities will the USA and Mexico have with China in the aftermath 

 

3. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area – opportunities for SMEs  

 

The Greater Bay Area only accounts for 0.6% of China’s land and 5% of the population, yet it accounts for 12% of the country’s GDP. Hence, the average GDP per capita is more than double the China average. How can Australian SMEs get involved? 

 

Co-organizer: Australia China SME Association 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • The development of the Greater Bay Area is a high priority for China and creates unique opportunities for foreign investors and entrepreneurs seeking a single and attractive market entry point. 
  • There are over 70 million people living in the 11 cities which make up the GBA, a number which is expected to double in the next 20 years. This creates a vast market for the distribution of relevant products and services. 
  • Connectivity and Convenience are the two buzz words – new roads, bridges, high speed railways and 5G infrastructure will create an exciting hub of economic activity. 
  • It’s now easier and faster to set up foreign companies in the GBA – foreign companies can get up and running within a week. 

 

4. Revisiting China’s New Foreign Investment Law and its impact on foreign SMEs 

 

On 1 January, the China’s Foreign Investment Law and its Implementation Regulations officially came into force, providing a legal guarantee for continuously optimizing the foreign investment environment and promoting a higher level of opening-up. This Webinar organized exclusively for a group of entrepreneurs in Zhuhai talked about several practical issues in setting up a business in China under the new law  

 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • What happened to the existing WFOEs and JVs?  
  • How to form a private company with a Chinese partner now?  
  • What is a Negative List? How does it affect your existing business or the business you are going to set up? 
  • What is the difference between “Approval” and “Record Filing”? 

 

 

5. Covid-19 Bounce Back: Maximising People Performance 

 

CW CPA combined forces with their partners Hewlett Rand and InvestHK to host a thought-provoking online event for business leaders across the Greater Bay Area during August. The event considered how HR & Training can support their business transformation and change to bounce back through the Covid19 pandemic, as employees continue to return to their workplace and employers continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic.  

 

Co-organizers: Hewlett RandInvestHK 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

The 5 key areas where HR & Training teams can help their organizations to rebuild, re-engage and upskill teams: 

  • Leadership  
  • Structures  
  • Processes  
  • Technology 
  • Culture 

 

 

6. China: a market for Latin America  

 

In this webinar, we discussed how the cross-border e-commerce business in China is booming and introduce a new cross-border e-commerce platform to Latin American companies  China Travel Bus Mall. 

 

Co-organizers: Colombian Chinese Investment and Commerce Chamber 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • China’s cross-border e-commerce presents a new way for Latin American brands to test the China market. China’s online retail market is larger than the next 10 markets combined. 
  • There is a rapid increase on the demand of travelling frequency over the Government initiative of Greater Bay Area and the mobility involved 70 million population. Currently, the traveler frequency is over 3 million monthly that using CTS bus services travel between HK and China.  
  • Introduction to CTS Bus Mall, a CROSS-BORDER platform that supported by Stated Owned Enterprises catering on-line retail; marketing; customer service; logistics and clearance from customs. 

 

7. GBA & LATAM Linkages  China’s support for Latin American states during the pandemic  

 

This Webinar is part of the round table discussion series organized by the Pacific Basin Economic Council. 

 

Co-organizers: Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • The 11 cities in the Greater Bay Area have their unique advantages. Each city has its vision, mission and value.  We should focus more on corporate strategies and general management for better integration between cities.  
  • Most of the Latin American economies have a trade deficit with China by exporting raw materials and foods. The way to expand trade with China will be extending product catalogues like products related to the digital economy, financial services and research development, which suit the needs of GBA as the area specifies in developing these industries.  
  • During the pandemic, many companies in Latin America have turned their business to online platforms. They would like to explore China’s market through Hong Kong. Therefore, it is a good way to invest in the GBA for firms from Latin America that would like to enter China’s market by trading with the GBA.  
  • Countries cannot rely too much on the supply chain in China. Supply chain diversification is needed for a more stable supply for the world. 

 

 

8. Using Hong Kong to strategize your digitalization process 

 

Recent discussions aboute-commerce have gained more visibility due to the current economic and social scenario caused by the pandemic. Many companies are turning to digitalization to increase their revenue and to save their businesses. In this sense, we prepared this webinar focusing on the advantages of using Hong Kong as a leverage on the digitalization process of companies and providing some tips for establishing a successful e-commerce.  

 

Co-organizers: InvestHK, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Brazil 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • An overview of Hong Kong’s attractive business environment, with a specific focus on the city’s current economic and social situation. 
  • The relief measures undertaken by the HK Government to support the economy and businesses during the pandemic. 
  • The opportunities in HK arising from digitalization across different sectors, such as B2C, B2B, E-Commerce, etc. 

 

 

9. Guide to keep your company up to date in Hong Kong 

 

This webinar is an educational workshop that provides guidance on how to operate a Hong Kong company in a compliant manner. We discussed issues such as filing annual return, how to prepare the accounting books and get ready for the annual audit & tax filing. 

Language: Spanish 

 

Topics covered: 

  • Annual compliance for a Hong Kong Limited Company 
  • How to keep business records 

 

 

10. Accelerating Asia business through Hong Kong 

 

In 2020, our firm has placed quite a strong emphasis on promoting the startup ecosystem in Hong Kong. In this webinar, we have assembled an amazing panel with high-level speakers sharing their view on Brazilian start-ups can be better prepared for the Asian markets.  

 

Co-organizers: Cyberport, InvestHKLIDE China, Arena Hub, Raja Valley, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Brazil 

Language: English 

 

Topics covered: 

  • How start-ups are performing in Brazil? 
  • What challenges are Brazilian start-ups facing during their internationalization process? 
  • What are the expectations from Asian investors? 
  • How can Brazilian start-ups be better prepared to tap into the Asian markets? 

 

After reviewing our Top 10 list, do you find any other topics interesting to explore in upcoming year? We would love to hear from you. 

Written by Delilah Li, China Consultancy Team, CW CPA

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