For international cooperation a solid quality infrastructure (“QI”) provides a driving force to generate a mutual positive influence for all participants. Emerging as well as developing countries can catch up easier with industrialised countries, which benefit from the reduction of trade barriers. In this regard, the private sector shall be supported to improve the production process and improving production standards and ensuring compliance with national regulations as well as international requirements. An improved QI helps Chinese enterprises to associate themselves with the international trading system and facilitates conditions for foreign enterprises on the Chinese market.
Cooperation projects between the private sector and GIZ are an important tool to support China’s transformation process. They have an important influence on foreign investments, increase productivity of domestic and international companies and facilitate conditions for all market participants. The engagement of the private sector in quality infrastructure and related topics highly contributes to the economic, socio-economic and ecological progress.
The QI Project operates in different cooperation formats with Chinese, German and other European companies and associations. It aims to address issues private sector players are facing in the field of QI and affiliated topics. Thus, it supports the dissemination and implementation of results obtained by the Sino-German Working Group on Product Safety and other bilateral dialogues between BMWi and Chinese partners.
Within the framework of the Sino-German Quality Infrastructure Project (“QI Project”), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has set up a fund for cooperation projects with the private sector. Hereby, it enhances the involvement and engagement of the private sector in cross-cutting regulatory and policy topics. A Sino-German working group offers enterprises and organizations, as one of different cooperation formats, the possibility of close cooperation. The consistent involvement of the private sector into the Working Group offers close contact with political consultations and strengthens the existing, long-term and bilateral cooperations of GIZ with Chinese authorities and the private sector.
The fund for cooperation projects with the private sector consists of a yearly available budget and targets German, Chinese and international companies investing and/or being engaged in shaping the Chinese business and investment climate. The private partner is responsible to cover a considerable amount of the total costs, while the fund contributes to the remaining resources in form of financial and in-kind services. The maximum contribution each company has to pay is restricted to a period of three years.
The QI Project provides not only financial support, but also technical expertise through its extensive global and national political and private network, ranging from relevant German and Chinese ministries, central and local governmental institutions, as well as industry associations, and other organisations in both countries. The QI Project assists the private partner in implementing the proposed project, whereas the private partner takes over a leading role as responsible project party and further ensures that all targets set by the project partners are met.