Review of 2nd Tier Activity: May 17

Thursday, May 17, 2007 1:40

With a primary belief, and focu of the blog, being that the future of China lies in the development of 2nd and 3rd tier cities in China, we will begin a regular news service that highlights some of the activity in these cities.

With so many cities, there is a lot of news, reports, interviews, and hearsay to sift through, so we are going to try and narrow it all down in a concise (maybe that is not the best term) wrapup of the activity each week.

If you have a topic you would like for us to broach, send me an email or post in the comments section. It is a living experiement that I hope will provide some interesting insights for those interested in what is going on outside of the first tier cities on the east coast

Reports:

For long term readers, you’ll know that I have written my fair share of profiles on second tier cities, and I enjoy taking the time to read the reports of other respected persons/ organizations in China who are covering simliar topics, cities, or issues as well.

Of course, there is no replacement for our coverage (we will soon be releasing the various inevstment zones in China), but this week here are the reports that I have been forwarded or have found that I think you will find interesting as well:

Jones Lange Lasalle’s Chongqing Profile and logistics report – a one two punch of reports that have done a good job of presenting enough information for me to ask for a meeting (their intention I am sure). You can see a more complete review of the logistics report in our post Real Estate Firms Go Logisitic

The U.K. trade Office has also put out a nice highlevel update of the Sichuan province (DOC)

Investment News:

Investing in the 2nd tier is something that we have seen for a long time coming, and the first ripples of what is bound to be China’s next wave of investment have been rocking the boat for a few years now, but now the ripples are getting a bit bigger, and the surge on the horizion is becoming more and more visible as firms (METRO) look to put into place their CHINA platforms.

The process is slow, and the hurdles are high for new market entrants, but in the case of firms like METRO and Carrefour , firms that have been operating in China for 5-8 years are now making multi-city investments that require China specific systems and infrastructure (Yum! Opens Guangzhou cold chain centre).

In the last few weeks, we have seen a lot of news in:

City Updates:

In keeping up with good friends in Chengdu, they have sent over the following update of what is going on in their city that they feel companies need to know when considering investing in their fine city. While not packed with stats (like we all wish they would), it does have some interesting stories for potential investors or manufacturers

Recent Events

IMF Conference on Global Implications of China’s Trade, Investment and Growth – Washington, DC, Friday, April 6, 2007
China’s emergence as a leading international investor and exporter has changed the world economy substantially. This conference, sponsored by the IMF’s Research Department, will focus on China’s increasingly important role as an engine of growth in Asia and China, and the nature of its tremendous growth in trade and investment over the last 20 years.

China Airport Expansion & Investment 2007 – Apr 12/13, 2007, Shanghai, China
This conference will be an extremely unique meeting platform for leaders, specialists and decision-makers to reflect, exchange information, discuss and deliberate on opportunities and challenges confronting the airport expansion and investment in China.

2007 China (Nanjing) Major Investment Projects Expo – Apr. 28, 2007, Nanjing municipality will put forward for the first group 64 major investment projects with the total capital of 89.7 billion RMB.

Well.. that’s it for the first edition. Please let me know what else you would like to see, and I will do my best to include it the next round (I am hoping for 1x a week)

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One Response to “Review of 2nd Tier Activity: May 17”

  1. FDI in second tier cities: investors flock to Chongqing | China Briefing Blog says:

    May 18th, 2007 at 2:06 am

    […] Second tier cities, long the media flavor of the month, continue to be the focus of intense interest. As All Roads Lead to China points out, the future of China lies in the development of 2nd and 3rd tier cities in China. The blog goes on to list some very relevant information including a Jones Lang Lasalle profile of Chongqing. Jones Lange Lasalle’s Chongqing Profile and logistics report – a one two punch of reports that have done a good job of presenting enough information for me to ask for a meeting (their intention I am sure). […]

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