Over the last 5 years:
Early September, AsiaInspection was extremely pleased to be rewarded for its successful online platform with the "E-Business of the Year" award from Alibaba.com, the leading online trade platform for global importers.
Out of 1,200 initial candidates, AsiaInspection was eventually selected as one of the 10 winners for the Hong Kong region, and attended the Alifest event in Hangzhou on September,15th.
AsiaInspection's online platform now serves more than 1,200 Importers in 58 different countries.
Another step in the cultural exchanges between the West and China : one of AsiaInspection's employees in Shenzhen just told me about how her brother has started with his wife on last July, 12th a 60,000 kms road trip from China to Europe !
They will cross nearly 20 countries, for about 6 months, and keep a diary online to record their story.
This trip is actually a big thing, since they will be allegedly the first Chinese couple to drive across Europe; they got sponsored by Volkswagen Shanghai (they drive an Octavia model, which was just released on Chinese market early June), HP, Michelin, ... and will donate a part of the income generated by their story to Greenpeace.
I wish a good trip to these modern heirs of the legendary Zheng He !
Today, is exactly the 10th year anniversary of the incorporation of my first business in Hong Kong, SEBO : it was indeed launched on the first working day of the China ruling.
At that time I was confident the business environment wouldn't be affected by the China ruling, and I think time has proved me right.
Indeed Hong Kong has gone through hard times (98 crisis, SARS,...) pretty well and has shown an amazing ability to stay ahead of other financial centers in Asia.
10 years ago, lots of people predicted that Singapore or Shanghai would soon take over Hong Kong as a leading financial center but they have been proven wrong big time! The competition with Singapore is no more and the financial core and immaterial economy ( holdings, funds, lawyers,...) is strongly based in Hong Kong and is progressing each year.
The main downside I have seen in the past 10 years is the pollution which reaches some days unbearable levels. I believe it is the duty of the Hong Kong people to allow effective resources and means to tackle it very seriously as it might be the trigger to Hong Kong unexpected decline...
Except this worrying pollution, Hong Kong is still a magic place to do business and, I am sure, will still be in 10 years time !
As you probably know, there has been quite a few changes in France's political life these last weeks. Since last Monday, a new team is in command, under the leadership of president Sarkozy.
AsiaInspection is particularly happy about the appointment of Mme Christine Lagarde, as French new Finance Minister, making her the first woman to hold such a position within the G8 countries !
When Christine Lagarde awarded us the Prize of the Best French SME in China last October, I had the opportunity to discuss with her and was very impressed by her presence both charming and highly intense.
After making her way to the top of the famous law firm Baker & McKenzie, she was ranked the 30th most powerful woman by Forbes in 2006 and i believe she will be a great asset to the government as France has too long been governed by people who had absolutely no idea about what a Company or a business is really about. I believe the clarity of her views as well as her 20 years of professional experience abroad will give her the credit she needs to make things change so that business people are welcome again in France !
I warmly wish Mme Christine Lagarde a lasting success in this top job !
Completing my previous posts on Canton fair, here is a word from the Hong Kong Electronic & Components fair, where AsiaInspection is exhibiting this year for the first time (after having exhibited at other HK fairs the previous years).
The fair is organized by Globalsources, the leading online platform "connecting global buyers and suppliers", who by the way happens to have the same graphical chart than AI (red, black & grey)!
It takes place at AsiaWorld Expo, a new exhibition center opened in 2006 in Hong Kong, built conveniently near the International Airport and offering an additional 70,000 sqm space for exhibitions to relieve the "old" HK Convention Center located on the Hong Kong island.
After more than 10 years visiting these Asian fairs I am still dazzled by the atmosphere you feel there, and how these events make you sense, in a very tangible way, the 10% economic growth of China !
Another episode of our Inspections videos series, gathered around China. This time we are in a Glass Factory, located in northern China (Shangxi province), where, as you can imagine, there have been some arguments about working safety conditions...