MOU aims to enhance enterprises’ supply chain resilience along China-ASEAN investment and trade corridors
SINGAPORE, Jan. 31, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — UOB and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) today signed an enhanced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost foreign investment and trade between China and Southeast Asia. This remains CCPIT’s only collaboration with a bank in Southeast Asia.
Mr Wee Ee Cheong, UOB’s Deputy Chairman and CEO (left) signed an enhanced MOU with Mr Ren Hongbin, Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade at the UOB Plaza on 31 January 2024 to boost foreign investment and trade between China and Southeast Asia.
Established under China’s State Council in 1952, CCPIT plans and implements policies to promote trade and investment relations between China and foreign countries. CCPIT’s affiliated body, the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), was set up in 1988 to represent its members’ interests and support Chinese enterprises in overseas ventures.
Through this collaboration with UOB, more than 350,000 Chinese companies which are members of CCOIC can access UOB’s comprehensive suite of local and cross-border solutions. They can also tap on an ecosystem of strategic partners across the Bank’s Southeast Asian network. Both parties will also facilitate UOB’s regional clients’ projects and businesses in China.
UOB and CCPIT will support enterprises in key industry sectors to build resilient supply chains, drive progress through innovation, and practise sustainable development. Tapping on UOB’s strength in the region, the two parties will jointly strengthen services and support for Chinese enterprises investing in the ASEAN region.
Mr Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UOB, said, “With global supply chains continuing to shift into Southeast Asia, the region remains a bright spot and continues to attract investment flows. With our extensive regional footprint, strong sector solutions capabilities and regional payments, trade, and cash platforms, UOB is well positioned to support Chinese enterprises expanding into ASEAN. This will promote the interconnection of local value chains, create more job opportunities and forge a brighter future for people and communities in this region.”
UOB and CCPIT first signed an MOU in 2012 and first renewed it in 2014. Since then, the partnership has helped numerous Chinese companies to explore business expansion opportunities in Southeast Asia. China foreign direct investments (FDI) into ASEAN increased 81% from US$10.3 billion in 2016 to US$18.7 billion in 2022, reflecting ASEAN’s attractiveness to Chinese companies.
This collaboration draws on the strength of UOB’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Advisory Unit, which was established in 2011 as a one-stop platform to help companies set up regional operations in Southeast Asia. To date, UOB’s FDI Advisory Unit has supported more than 1,500 Chinese companies expand beyond their shores, of which more than 90 per cent moved into Southeast Asia. Since 2020, the FDI Advisory Unit has facilitated more than S$22 billion FDI into Southeast Asia from China and enabled the creation of more than 50,000 job opportunities in the region. UOB has 10 FDI Advisory Centres across the region to help companies lower the barriers as they look to expand across borders.
At the MOU signing ceremony held this morning at UOB Plaza, more than 100 delegates from major Chinese corporates and government agencies were present. Before visiting UOB in Singapore, the delegates also participated in the Malaysia-China Business Council meeting yesterday in Kuala Lumpur supported by UOB Malaysia. Ms Ng Wei Wei, UOB Malaysia’s Chief Executive Officer, also met CCPIT Chairman Ren Hongbin to discuss collaboration opportunities.
 MOFCOM, 2022 Statistical Bulletin of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment
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