Shanghai’s Vice Mayor Zhou Bo Meets Chairman and Executives from Bureau Veritas

20/10/16

Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Board, and Didier Michaud-Daniel, Chief Executive Officer together with other executives from Bureau Veritas (BV) met with Shanghai’s Vice Mayor Zhou Bo during their visit to the Shanghai Municipal Government on October 11th.  In-depth opinions were exchanged on the importance of Shanghai’s testing, inspection and certification (TIC) market and BV’s development in Shanghai.



Frédéric Lemoine (5th from the left), Chairman of the Board of Bureau Veritas and Didier Michaud-Daniel (4th from the left), CEO of Bureau Veritas meeting with Zhou Bo (4th from the right), Vice Mayor of Shanghai, during the visit to the Shanghai Municipal Government


Vice Mayor Zhou was glad to know Mr. Lemoine’s previous contributions to the France-China relationship, welcomed BV to choose Shanghai as its headquarter in China, and showed his appreciation to BV for its contribution in creating job opportunities and taxation and promoting the development of Shanghai’s TIC industry.


The Vice Mayor described the current status of Shanghai’s TIC market. He emphasized the importance of testing, inspection and quality management to Shanghai’s transforming into the “Four Centers”, i.e. World Economic, Finance, Shipping and Trade Centers, and achieving the goal of becoming China’s "Science and Technology Innovation Center". He said the Shanghai government was very open and welcomed foreign companies to introduce high-end technology to the TIC industry of Shanghai and China at large.


When talking about BV’s development in Shanghai, Vice Mayor Zhou pointed out that China was at the early stage of development; therefore the market demanded TIC services with brand effect, social responsibilities and investment. The government would procure TIC services in order to improve cost efficiency and support businesses. He also mentioned that food quality and safety was a hot topic under spotlight for Shanghai and even the whole country, and BV could be the policy advisor to the government and industry supervision institutes.


Mr. Lemoine appreciated Shanghai government’s recognition of BV’s contribution, and said that BV had been providing TIC services to many enterprises in Shanghai, covering various industries such as construction, power, oil and gas etc., and had been involved in a number of large-scale projects such as Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai Yangshan Port’s liquefied natural gas, and Donghai Bridge Wind Farm. BV was willing to continue promoting the development of Shanghai’s TIC industry through its strong expertise and rich experience, thus boosting the development of Shanghai and making its share of contribution to realizing Shanghai’s “13th Five-Year Plan”.


As his closing remarks, Vice Mayor Zhou said that Shanghai was enjoying its openness and BV was more than welcome to cooperate with Shanghai.  Also he hoped that BV’s Chairman Mr. Lemoine and CEO Mr. Daniel could visit Shanghai more often and that Shanghai would be of increasing significance in BV’s business development.



In-depth opinion exchange


Other attendees included leaders from the Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, Huangpu District Government as well as other relevant governmental departments, and Jerome Malassigne, Executive Vice President of BV North Asia, and David Wang, Regional Chief Executive of the Commodities, Industry and Facilities Division of BV Greater China.


Established in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, with an annual revenue exceeding 4.6 billion euros in 2015. It was present in China as early as 1882 and is currently running 110 offices and laboratories in 55 cities in China with more than 12,500 professional employees.  


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