CEIBS enters into 2 partnerships to strengthen Sino-French business ties

An MOU and an agreement signed by CEIBS on Jan 10, 2018 are expected to help boost business ties between China and France.

CEIBS signed an MOU with the Charles de Gaulle Foundation to set up the Charles de Gaulle Chair in Global Leadership at CEIBS and enter into a strategic partnership with the Foundation. The chair will be held by Former Prime Minister of France Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who is a Member of the CEIBS Board. The signing ceremony was attended by Gaetan Messin, who is Science Attaché of the French Consulate General in Shanghai and an expert in AI, as a show of the French government’s support for the collaboration. “We live in an increasingly complex international environment. China and France are playing increasingly important roles in the international arena, so the signing of this agreement is a significant event as leadership is important for both political and business leaders,” said CEIBS President Professor Li Mingjun. He also noted the Chinese admiration for Charles de Gaulle who – working with China’s Mao Zedong – was instrumental in establishing diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1964. “I believe the Charles de Gaulle Chair in Leadership at CEIBS will help our two countries play an even more important role in the international arena,” added President Li.

Meanwhile during a seminar headlined by French Member of Parliament Olivier Veran, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s delegation on his first official visit to China, CEIBS and the Center for Prospective and Strategic Studies (CEPS), France’s longest running think tank, signed an agreement to set up the CEIBS+CEPS Shanghai Club. Its focus will be on promoting cooperation between China and France in AI, VI, Smart Health Care, Smart City, New energy, etc. CEIBS Vice President and Dean Ding Yuan sees it as an excellent platform through which to further deepen ties between China and France, as well as the business communities of both countries.

The events were attended by Members of the de Gaulle Foundation and the CEPS, CEIBS leaders, alumni, students and staff, along with representatives from the Chinese and French business communities.

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