Recently, the epidemic of COVID-19 has kept spreading. Some countries, including South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy, have witnessed significant increase of confirmed cases, while other countries such as Brazil and Holland have detected first infections. CCPIT overseas representative offices have been vigorously performing their duties to offer services to local Chinese enterprises to assist them in epidemic prevention and production promotion. CCPIT overseas representative offices have also played a two-way role in organizing Chinese overseas enterprises to support both China’s and host countries’ epidemic prevention and control.
CCPIT Representative Office in Brazil, bearing in mind the target of “promoting development without compromise on epidemic prevention”, assisted employees of Chinese enterprises in returning to their posts for production resumption, and strengthened information services based on the close monitoring of the epidemic. At present, CCPIT Representative Office in Brazil undertakes the task of collecting daily health status reports from staff returned from China and screening employees in Chinese enterprises who are born in Hubei province or have travel history to Hubei province. The regular release of related information has squashed rumors that there are confirmed cases in Chinese enterprises, effectively responded to public concerns and eased the anxiety so as to provide a favorable atmosphere and ensure Chinese enterprises to resume work and production in a steady and orderly manner.
Exposed to the epidemic, unpreparedness in emergency-response system has revealed itself in many enterprises. CCPIT Representative Office in Brazil has cooperated with the PICC Brazil working group and Marsh＆McLennan in Brazil to jointly produce and issue a weekly report on the epidemic fight, which is sent to enterprises through WeChat group, e-mail and other means to help them in their weak fields. The Representative Office has also leveraged the rich experience of its partners in the fields of risk management and insurance broking to provide enterprises with professional advice and suggestions on contingency plans, crisis response, and maintaining continuous operation. It has also helped them sort out the types of insurance related to epidemic response, such as property insurance, business interruption additional insurance, labor insurance, employer’s liability insurance, commercial comprehensive liability insurance, excess liability insurance, group travel insurance, etc. and to offer them consulting services on optimizing insurance portfolio and planning claims strategy, which have been well welcomed and received.
CCPIT Representative Office in Belgium has recently produced a video to convey the wishes of employees of Chinese enterprises in Belgium for the home country to win the fight against the epidemic at an early date. The Representative Office has also set up a column on epidemic prevention and control on the website of the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Belgium and Luxembourg and its own website with reports issued on a daily basis, which has guaranteed information disclosure, boosted the confidence and dispelled the related doubts. The column covers a wide range of topics, including donations from the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Belgium and Luxembourg, CCPIT’s response effort and service provided to enterprises, epidemic situation in Belgium and its government's response measures, as well as warnings to Chinese enterprises to strengthen epidemic prevention measures.
CCPIT representative offices in Australia, the Gulf Region, Kazakhstan, Chile and other countries have actively gathered information of difficulties encountered by local Chinese enterprises during the epidemic and helped to solve the issues.
CCPIT overseas representative offices have also taken up an active role to introduce the epidemic prevention and control efforts China has made. Liu Xiaodong, Deputy Chief Representative of CCPIT Representative Office in India, attended a recently-held media exchange event with the theme "stand with China" in India. Entrusted by the Chinese Embassy in India, Mr. Liu gave a keynote speech, sharing the latest outcomes China has achieved in combating the epidemic, especially the comments and suggestions from WHO, introducing the development of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, briefing the contribution of the investment of Chinese enterprises in India to increasing job opportunities and tax incomes, as well as reflecting the issues that Chinese enterprises are facing and calling for their solutions.
CCPIT Representative Office in Japan, positioned as the bureau of affairs of Chinese Enterprises Association in Japan, has organized members of the association to launch a free distribution of masks to the Japanese public. Representatives of member companies handed out masks to pedestrians in Tokyo, showing warmth and support to the Japanese people.
Being good neighbors is to keep watch and extend help in need for each other. Since the outbreak of the epidemic of COVID-19 in China, all sectors of Japan have given out a helping hand without hesitation, offering China much-needed supplies and expressing their warm regards. Friendly groups and the public have also demonstrated their kindness by taking actions to support the Chinese people in fighting against the epidemic. There is a Chinese saying that if you throw a peach to me, I will give you a white jade for friendship. When infections in Japan keep growing and pressure of epidemic prevention and control mounted, the Chinese Enterprises Association in Japan is eager to express gratitude toward Japanese people for their help to China, share with Japan the need to cope with the public health challenge, shoulder the responsibility to contain the spread of the virus, and spare no effort to support Japanese people in overcoming the disease.
CCPIT Representative Office in the South Korea also sent a proposal to Chinese enterprises in South Korea through China Chamber of Commerce in Korea, suggesting that they should support South Korea’s epidemic prevention and control efforts within their abilities and on a voluntary basis.