Programme 2018

“Will China take the lead? … and what’s in it for Europe?” How striving for an innovative and sustainable economy will reinforce China’s global position.



Welcome – coffee and tea


Official opening of THE ANTWERP FORUM – Linking business between China and Europe

  • Ludwig Caluwé, Vice-Governor Province of Antwerp
  • ZHANG Chi, Minister-Counsellor – Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Belgium
  • LU Kehua, Vice-Mayor of Chongqing


Academic analysis of the current EU-China business cooperation – Euro China Center of Antwerp Management School


Networking break, with coffee and tea


Parallel break-out sessions – 1st round

  • Cleantech landscapes: Antwerp & Shaanxi
    • Carine Van Hove, Managing Director, Flanders Cleantech Association
    • HUI Zhe, Deputy General Manager, Shaanxi Environmental Protection Group
  • “2018 EU-China Tourism Year”: Opportunities & challenges for SME’s
    • Eric Phillipart, Special counsellor responsible for the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year from the European Commission 
    • Bart Horsten, managing director of Horsten International  & China entrepreneur


Parallel break-out sessions – 2nd round

  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative: Improving economic and cultural co-operation via land & sea
    • LI Hang, Project Manager Europe, YuXinOu Logistics Co. Ltd
    • CAO Jianjun, Director Vice President of Tianjin Binhai New Area Investment Promotion Bureau
    • Hanno Reeser, Business unit manager, Essers Transport Company
  • Global business in an era of (digital) innovation & new technologies


Lunch break


Panel discussion on the impact of sustainable innovation on international business cooperation

  • Introduction by
    • ZHANG Yansheng, secretary general of the Academic Committee of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)
  • Panel members including:
    • ZHANG Yansheng, secretary general of the Academic Committee of China’s NDRC
    • Sven Agten, president Asia Pacific for Rheinzink & mentor at Chinaaccelerator
    • XU ShaoyuVice Chairman of Board of Jilin Changchun Haoyue Group Co., Ltd.
  • Moderated by:


Coffee break and official picture moment


Business case testimonial : DJI – a Chinese company leading its field with best-in-class technology


Official closing speech

  • WANG Junke, Deputy Director General, Environment and Resources Protection Committee, The Standing Committee of Shaanxi Provincial People’s Congress
  • Cathy Berx, Governor of the province of Antwerp


Cocktail reception