Good conditions in business and investment climate provide the base for expanding investment, improving technological progress and for increasing productive employment. German and Chinese companies face numerous obstacles when operating in the other country’s market, starting from inconsistent regulations and the application of those in practice, to questions of licensing and technology transfer.
The Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project (“QI-Project”) strives to ensure equal production conditions and a balanced legal framework for German and Chinese companies which are active on both markets. Special attention will be paid to the automotive industry, machinery and equipment, electrical appliances, toys, and other industry sectors that are relevant to the economy in both countries. It is a long-term objective of the bilateral project to harmonise Chinese and German quality infrastructure and to provide a favorable market environment for the private sector to further the quality and safety of products, technical innovation, process optimisation and economic growth.
Germany and China have established various strong political dialogue mechanisms in order to improve QI and therefore market conditions. In particular, the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety was established by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), as well as the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA). In this regard, the Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project (QI Project) facilitates these political dialogues of the working group in the areas of market surveillance and product safety, conformity assessment and accreditation, production and market conditions, in order to promote common Sino-German economic growth.
The QI-Project works on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and provides a good platform for the private sector to contribute their technical expertise to the political dialogue between the German and the Chinese governments. Thus, various legislative, administrative and technical aspects can be incorporated in a comprehensive QI framework to improve market and production conditions. This does not only benefit China’s business and investment climate for all companies in the Chinese market, but also enables Chinese domestic firms to strengthen their internal quality management and to access new profitable markets both in China and abroad. Thus, a sound QI holds prospective impetus for the Chinese economy and strengthens the inclusion of China in the international trading system.
In brief, the main objectives can be summarised as follows:
– Technical harmonisation and trade facilitation
– Harmonisation of regulatory market conditions
– Facilitate fair competition within a sound legal framework
The QI-Project assumes the role of the implementing, coordinating and political advisory body within the framework of the project. All project activities with the main focus on market and production conditions and related topics are planned and implemented considering various bilateral needs and interests. In particular, the GIZ project team establishes connections and supports the dialogue between German, Chinese and international organisations, institutions, experts, policy makers, private sector companies and other parties, which all contribute to the establishment of a sound QI framework.