2013 World Packaging Industry Forum Held in HangzhouCo-organized by World Packaging Organization (WPO), China Packaging Federation (CPF), Hangzhou Municipal Government, Global Alliance of SMEs (GASME) and WPO Asia Packaging Center, 2013 World Packaging Industry Forum was held in Hangzhou on Nov 19th, 2013. 600 government officials, international organization representatives, senior financial institution officials and entrepreneurs were present at this forum.
The attendees of mention include Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin ,Vice President of the French Senate & Former Prime Minister of France, Mr. Carlos Magariños, Former UNIDO Director-General, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa C., Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Mr. Thomas Schneider, President of World Packaging Organization, Mr. Ronald Bew, Former Associate Deputy Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration, Mr. William Spitler, Former Director of New York Center of US Department of Commerce, Dr. George Wang, Executive Chairman of GASME, Mr. Jin-Sheng Lue, Asia Representative of German Association of Cities, and etc.
From China side, Ms. Chen Zhili, Deputy Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), Mr. Li Meng, Vice Chairman of the 10th CPPCC National Committee, Mr. Li Zhaoxing, Chairman of China Public Diplomacy Association & Former Foreign Affairs Minister of China, Ms. Liang Liming, Vice Governor of Zhejiang Provincial Government, Mr. Zhang Hongming, Mayor of Hangzhou Municipal Government, Mr. Cai Laixing, Research Fellow of Counsellor Office of the State Council, Mr. Ge Jianghe, Vice Chairman of CPF, Mr. Wang Zhongming, Deputy Secretary General of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Jin Xiangzuo, President of World Packaging Organization Asia Packaging Center, and etc.
Ms. Chen Zhili pointed out that since reform and opening up, China's packaging industry has scored brilliant achievements, and that China has become a nation of large-scale packaging industry second only to USA. The just concluded Third Plenary Session of 18th CPC Central Committee has fully depicted the blueprint for comprehensive reforms in China. It was a general mobilization to facilitate more efficient and sustainable development of China's economy, bringing great opportunities for all industries including the packaging industry.
Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Former Prime Minister of France, pointed out that packaging industry is a global industry. Nowadays people all over the world focus more on the brand, and brand construction relies on packaging industry. With global economic integration, the World Packaging Center headquarters in Hangzhou will serve as a global cooperation platform to integrate global resources of the packaging industry and international organizations, capitalizing on the wide range of packaging industry information available in China. He would also like to take this opportunity to enhance packaging industry cooperation between France and China.
Mr. Carlos Magariños, Global Chairman of GASME, emphasized that global economic competition is not about competition among enterprises, but the competition among industry chains. The World Packaging Center in Hangzhou will gather strength for SMEs to facilitate the development of the global packaging industry. Mr. Carlos Magariños also pointed out that the global economy is undergoing a profound change: from tangible products to intangible service. It is a big challenge for the packaging industry to adapt to this change, and pay more attention to intangible service. He also suggested the packaging industry should focus research on new operation modes and mechanisms. It is of practical significance to set up the World Packaging Center, so that it may help enterprises and industries face the challenge of economic development.
Mr. Thomas Schneider, President of World Packaging Organization, gave a speech on the sustainable strategy for the world packaging industry. He pointed out that sustainability in the packaging arena has moved into the mainstream. The issue is not about ‘sustainable packaging, but about the role of packaging in sustainability. The innovation of packaging industry aims at meeting various kinds of demands that can help build a more sustainable society.
Mr. Li Zhaoxing delivered a speech on Chinese diplomacy and the development of the global economy. Using his many years of diplomatic experience, Mr. Li Zhaoxing made recommendations for the development of China’s packaging industry, comparing and contrasting the development from both the perspective inside and outside of china utilizing vivid examples and insightful thinking. Mr. Li also had a cordial conversation with an old friend, Former Prime Minister Raffarin and Mr. Carlos Magariños, Global Chairman of GASME.
Ms. Liang Liming, Vice-governor of Zhejiang Provincial Government, said during his speech, Mr. Xi Jinping (General Secretary of CPC Central Committee), has pointed out that Asia Packaging Center located in Hangzhou is the first global industrial center set up by an international organization in China, which is of great significance, helping speed up the construction of advanced manufacturing base in Zhejiang, improving the overall value of the packaging industry, and promoting the globalization of packaging industry with stronger competitiveness.
Mr. Zhang Hongming, Mayor of Hangzhou Municipal Government, pointed out that the packaging industry in Hangzhou occupies a pivotal position in Zhejiang province. Packaging industry in Zhejiang accounts for one quarter of the national total number, of which 30% is in Hangzhou. Packaging industry is still in the developing stages. Hangzhou government will bring in more international organizations and enterprises to make efforts together to facilitate the development of the world packaging industry.
Mr.Jin Xiangzuo, President of World Packaging Organization Asia Packaging Center, depicted the blueprint for the development of world packaging industry center. The world packaging center will be based in Zhejiang, ready to serve the nation as well as the world. The plan is to build the headquarters base in Hangzhou to carry out key projects with the Zhejiang Government, build professional or regional bases in mainland China, international headquarters in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and branches in major countries. At the same time, international events like World Packaging Summit and Packaging Exposition will be held regularly to make a global exhibition platform.
In the forum, ‘Hangzhou Manifesto of World Packaging Industry Center Alliance’ was presented by Dr. George Wang, Executive Chairman of GASME. The declaration pointed out that the World Packaging Center Group will lead and unite international investment institutions, organizations, packaging associations and other large companies in packaging, agricultural, food and other related industries. Organizations that facilitate scientific and technical exchanges will participate in the construction of World Packaging Center, to make the World Packaging Forum and Packaging Exposition a global exhibition platform, and to make World Packaging Group a landmark in the global packaging industry, integrating global resources to promote the development of the packaging industry.
The ‘Global Merchants Launch Ceremony of World Packaging Industry Center’ was held in the forum. Mr. Zhang Hongming, Mayor of Hangzhou Municipal Government, Mr. Carlos Magariños, Global Chairman of GASME, Mr. Thomas Schneider, President of World Packaging Organization, Mr. Ge Jianghe, Vice Chairman of China Packaging Federation, and Mr. Jin Xiangzuo, President of World Packaging Organization Asia Packaging Center, illuminated the miraball. After the ceremony, World Packaging Center Group signed a MOU with GASME, HK Overseas Capital Group, Zhong Ji Holding Group, Mitsubishi Electric Group and other related leading enterprises in packaging industry. The headquarters of above international organizations & companies, financial groups will be located in World Packaging Industry International Center.
During the forum, Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Mr. Carlos Magariños visited the construction site of World Packaging Center in Central Business District of Hangzhou.
Ms. Chen Zhili, Deputy Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC)
Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin ,Vice President of the French Senate & Former Prime Minister of France
Mr. Li Meng, Vice Chairman of the 10th CPPCC National Committee
Mr. Carlos Magariños, Former UNIDO Director-General
Mr. Li Zhaoxing, Chairman of China Public Diplomacy Association & Former Foreign Affairs Minister of China
Ms. Liang Liming, Vice Governor of Zhejiang Provincial Government
Mr. Zhang Hongming, Mayor of Hangzhou Municipal Government
Announcement of “Hangzhou Manifesto of World Packaging Industry Center Alliance” by Dr. George Wang
Mr. Li Junru, President of Party School of the CPC Central Committee
Mr. Ge Jianghe, Vice Chairman of CPF
Ms. Chen Zhili, Deputy Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) met with GASME delegation
Mr. Zhang Hongming, Mayor of Hangzhou Municipal Government met with GASME delegation
Signing ceremony of strategic cooperation of Asia Packaging Center
Global Merchants Launch Ceremony of World Packaging Industry Center
2013 China (Hangzhou) World Packaging Industry Forum