From 2 to 5 of April 2013 a delegation of six EIF political members (MEPs Maria Badia i Cuchet, Pilar del Castillo, James Elles, Ivailo Kalfin, Teresa Riera Madurell, and Lambert van Nistelrooij) participated in a programme of visits and meetings in three locations in the vibrant Asia Pacific region: Hong Kong (special administrative region of China), Shenzhen (PRC) and Seoul (South Korea).
The main objective of the programme was to offer hands-on experience of state-of-the-art technologies and R&D sites, as well as a deeper understanding of the role of policy-makers on the success of the digital revolution in these countries, providing useful points of reflection to establish the European Parliament’s political priorities between now and 2030.
The very dense schedule of meetings and visits included roundtable discussions with executives and experts of both Asian companies leading the way in IT and telecom developments, such as Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., Huawei, Samsung, and European companies such as BT, Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, that are successfully penetrating the Asia Pacific markets thanks to their technology and marketing leadership in key sectors. The delegation also visited laboratories where the new generations of IT and telecom technologies and applications are being developed and tested, met young Chinese entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists that are helping them grow in a start-up hub such as the 3W Coffee, engaged with academics from leading business schools in Asia, and discussed consumer trends with eBay Korea.
On 29 May the delegation members will meet and share their views and impressions on this EIF Study Visit with other EIF members.
James Elles, MEP and EIF Co-Founder
Pilar del Castillo, MEP and EIF Chair
Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP and EIF Governor
Ivailo Kalfin, MEP and EIF Political Member