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Update on UKTI’s High-Value Opportunity Healthcare Projects (Beijing)

BritCham / CBBC
Event type Healthcare Forum
Date Thursday, October 16th, 2014
14.30-15.00 - Registration    
15.00-17.00 - Presentation followed by Q&A
Open for All welcome
Cost Members 100 RMB Non-Members 200 RMB
Contacts serena.li@cbbc.org.cn
Venue The British Business Centre, Beijing
Organiser BritCham / CBBC
Address Room 1001, China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie
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We are pleased to welcome Brian Gallagher, Counsellor for Health & Social Care and Life Sciences at the British Embassy in Beijing, to give an update at our Healthcare Forum on UK Trade & Investment’s high-value opportunity (HVO) healthcare projects.
Overseas investors are to be allowed to establish Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) hospitals from scratch or through mergers and acquisitions in the municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, and the provinces of Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan, as announced by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) and the Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom). 
These seven municipal and provincial administrations will be responsible for reviewing and approving the establishment of foreign-funded WOFE hospitals. According to Liao Xinbo, an official with the provincial branch of the NHFPC in Guangdong, this amounts to granting foreign investors the same type of treatment as Chinese nationals in the founding of hospitals.
But what does it mean specifically? What are the implications for British businesses, in particular? And how can you find and participate in suitable projects in China? 
Mr Gallagher will introduce the HVOs identified by UKTI to help guide companies interested in exploring this new development.
Who should attend?
Members and non-members are both welcome. We are pleased to offer our members half-price entry.
Please register for this event online by clicking the button below. Note that only registered guests will receive updates or details of any changes to the event. In the event of cancellations, we kindly ask that you inform us before the event so that we can offer the place to another guest.
About the speaker
Brian Gallagher FRSA
Counsellor and Campaign Strategy Director for Life Sciences, Health and Social Care
Brian was educated in Stirling and Glasgow where he studied Business Administration. He is a career civil servant who has had spells in the private sector (e.g. Oil & Gas, Mining and Marine industries).
Brian has held a number of director positions in the Department of Energy (including a twelve month secondment to the Piper Alpha Public Enquiry), Department of Trade and Industry (now Business Innovation & Skills) and UK Trade & Investment involving the promotion of UK industry internationally. He has travelled extensively throughout the world during his career in international trade.
In 2001 he was appointed a Senior Civil Servant with global responsibilities for the Oil and Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, Advanced Engineering, Mining and Marine sectors.
Brian has been Counsellor at the British Embassy based in Beijing since January 2011. His previous position was British Trade Commissioner to South Africa from 2006 to 2010 based in Johannesburg.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.
Brian is married with two sons and has a home north of Glasgow, Scotland.
About the Healthcare Forum
The BritCham/CBBC Healthcare Forum invites BritCham and CBBC members with an interest in the healthcare sector to share expertise, experience and common concerns about the Chinese market. It offers members the opportunity to meet on a regular basis to discuss policy, regulatory and industry developments and issues from different perspectives.
The forum is chaired by John Williams (International SOS China). We are currently seeking a co-chair of this forum. If you are interested in joining the forum as a member or a co-chair, please contact anne.zheng@cbbc.org.cn.

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