The Sino-German SME Cooperation & Communication Conference (SMEC) has been successfully held for five sessions since its inception in 2015. More than 100 officials, experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and guests from both China and Germany were invited in each session for an exchange on cutting-edge technologies and future trends in certain industries, with an aim to promote international cooperation for industrial upgrading and technological innovation. Since 2017, the conference has reached a new “level”, as the Shandong provincial government and the national Ministry for Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) are the main sponsors of the event. It has become a platform for comprehensive exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and German (European) SMEs, which is an important measurement for a further opening up to the outside world of Shandong Province and Jinan City. The SMEC already became a “brand label“ of Jinan City. The success of the conference has a profound impact on the synergy between Chinese industries and Germany’s “Industry 4.0”.
Dresden-Jinan Contact Office