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The Yangtze Business Network 2011 Programme

Please note that the programme remains a work in progress and is subject to change.

Thursday 31 March

8:30 – 9:00am Registration for delegates
9:00am Welcome from the organisers: Ms ZHANG Tingting, Managing Director, Yangtze Business Services
9:05 – 9:25am Modernising the Yangtze to serve industries
  Opening speech by Mr LU Hailiang, Managing Director, The Yangtze Yearbook and Yangtze Shipping Research Institute under the Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs, Ministry of Transport

An overview of the latest round of government investments and developments in the Yangtze’s modernisation programme; progress and impact: completion of the Three Gorges Dam, trial of the digital waterway, adoption of the traffic-lane system, extension of the 12.5-metre water level to Nanjing, efforts to promote modern equipment and technology, the Yangtze Shipping Index and moves towards compulsory insurance for vessels.
9:25 – 9:45am Accessing China's interior via the Yangtze
  Mr Jens ESKELUND, Managing Director, Maersk China

Many of Maersk’s clients are doing business in China’s interior and the shipping line relies on local barge operators to provide efficient and reliable services. What are the major challenges it faces and what are its recommendations for operational and regulatory reform?
9:45 – 10:05am Rising consumer demand in the interior
  Ms Tobie GORDON, Head of Supply Chain, Nestlé Greater China

Nestlé, the world’s largest packaged goods company, has extensive operations across China. What challenges does the company face entering interior cities? It stopped using the Yangtze due to poor cargo visibility and high shrinkage rates. However, because of its global carbon emission reduction policy it now plans to reassess the recent improvements in the Yangtze and its supporting road and rail networks.
10:05 – 10:40am Q & A session
10:40 – 11:0am Coffee break
11:00 – 11:20am A profile of Wuhan Port
  Mr GU Qiangsheng, general manager of Wuhan Port Group

Current capacity and future development plans
What is the port doing to improve services, shorten turnaround times and reduce user costs?
11:20 – 11:40am The experience of Wuhan’s leading shipper

Mr Robert HU, Manager Import/Export Department, TPV Technology

Taiwan-headquartered TPV is the world's second largest OEM of computer monitors, and one of the largest container users of Wuhan port. What are the best and worst aspects of operating in Wuhan? Why do 20 per cent of their export-bound containers fail to reach Yangshan on time? What's wrong with the Wuhan-Yangshan shuttle service?

11:40 – 12:00pm Development vs. environment
  Mr Irgen IVERSEN, Vice-President, Odfjell Terminals Asia

Odfjell, the world's largest liquid chemicals carrier, has a terminal in Jiangyin. Having spent eight years with Odfjell on the Mississippi, Mr Iversen will provide insight into how the authorities in the US protect the environment at the same time as facilitating the transportation of dangerous cargo. What particular challenges do the Yangtze authorities face in this regard?
12:00 – 12:30pm Q & A session
12:30 – 1:30pm Sit-down buffet lunch
1:30 – 1:50pm The relationship between manufacturers and inward investment officers
  Mr LI Jian, Deputy Director of Inward Investment, Jiujiang ETDZ

What challenges do manufacturers face once they have set up in an interior city such as Jiujiang and how they go about getting help?
1:50 – 2:10pm Passing the Three Gorges Dam shiplocks
  Mr GAO Xiong, Chief Engineer and Deputy Director of the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs until 2010 and now adviser to China Three Gorges Corp

Overview of the shiplocks and shiplift infrastructure, and handling capacity. What has the government done to tackle bottlenecks: application of new technology; new procedures and rules for shippers; vessel standardisation; new road to relieve pressure. 
2:10 – 2:30pm Serving the complex needs of the auto sector
  Mr LI Wu, Assistant General Manager, Lifan Industry Group

One of the largest private companies in China, Lifan’s motorbikes and automobiles are exported to Southeast Asia, Africa and America. In a sector characterised by complex logistical demands and short lead times, how does the company manage to use the Yangtze in order to save costs without compromising its exacting demands?

2:30 – 3:20pm Q & A session followed by coffee
3:20 – 5:20pm Matchmaking session
Allocated meeting times will be detailed in a separate sheet that will be given to delegates upon registration. All the participating Yangtze ports and government officials will have their own desks and signages. Delegates with appointments booked in the first timeslot should make their way to the appropriate desk at the sound of the first bell at 3:20pm. Bells will then be rung at 15-minute intervals to mark the end of one session and the beginning of another.

At the sound of the bell, please move promptly to your next appointment or repair to the coffee area. The sequence of timeslots will be clearly visible in the coffee area and the meeting hall.

All delegates will wear colour-identifiable badges: blue for Chinese officials and white for representatives of Western companies. Simultaneous translation is provided throughout the presentations. However for the match making session, Western companies are advised to field a Chinese-speaking delegate.

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