As we enter an important period for UK-China relations I’m excited about the opportunity to keep contributing to the chamber’s development and its representation of the diverse range of UK businesses operating in China. Sitting on ExCo over the past year I have contributed mainly through working with the chamber’s team on Britcham’s policy and advocacy work, including shaping the business surveys and the recent position paper. I am looking forward to getting the key messages of the position paper out to the Chinese and UK governments.
Britcham should build further on this foundation and ensure its voice is heard during what could be a turbulent period for business; in this sense the chamber will be more crucial than ever before. In the coming year I would like to support the chamber in developing its thinking on a UK-China free-trade agreement and ensuring we articulate a member “wish list”early in the process. My role with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) means I am well placed to do this; researching and writing on FTAs is part of the day job (someone’s got to do it!).