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GAF2018 is hosted by

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee
China Chamber of International Commerce Automotive Chamber
Organizing Committee of China Chongqing International Auto Industry Fair


Sponsored by

Chongqing Municipal People’s Government
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
China Machinery Industry Federation


Co-organized by

Automotive Observer
Society of Automotive Engineers of Chongqing


Organized by

JFP Holdings, Ltd.


Supported by

China Changan Automobile Group


China’s accession to the status of number one automotive market in the world is one of the most striking illustrations of the structural changes happening in the automotive sector at the global level. Over-capacity in many parts of the world, major modifications in consumers’ expectations and behavior, energy and climate change pressures, the accelerating pace of urbanization throughout the world are among the many challenges that the industry is confronting. These are enduring challenges that will take years and even decades to address but which are accentuated by the impact of the global economic crisis acting as a game changer and a change accelerator.

There exist today quite a number of gatherings for automotive executives at the regional level. However, there is no platform bringing together all the key players from the industry at the global level, along with policy-makers, regulators, representatives of key sectors relevant for the future of the industry, and leading technologists and experts.

Given the game-changer nature of the emergence of China’s automotive industry for the whole sector it is quite fitting that such a global platform be created in China, filling a vacuum and a growing need.

The Global Automotive Forum is the landmark annual platform

  • To discuss the structural changes and the challenges facing the automotive sector worldwide.
  • To provide participants with an update on relevant technological, economic, societal and trade developments impacting on the industry.
  • ŸTo generate a productive and outcome-oriented exchange of views among manufacturers, policy -makers, regulators, experts and media leaders on a global basis.
  • To assess the evolution of markets for the automotive sector in the different regions of the world.
  • To update participants on new insights on issues impacting the industry and on technological developments relevant to the future of the industry.
  • To discuss policy developments having an impact on the automotive sector, especially with respect to climate change and international or bilateral trade issues.
  • To encourage focused, project-related networking among key players from the industry.


The Participants

  • Each year, the Global Automotive Forum brings together around 600 participants:
  • Top executives from key automotive manufacturers (OEMs) from China and around the world.
  • Government officials and regulators from the People’s Republic of China government as well as from foreign governments.
  • Top executives from Chinese and foreign auto parts and operating systems manufacturers.
  • Senior executives from financial institutions.
  • Leading experts on the automotive sector and on issues related to the automotive sector.
  • Media leaders from the specialized media and from the general media from China and abroad.


The Format and Features

The Global Automotive Forum is conceived as a genuine platform for discussion and experience-sharing in an outcome-oriented dialogue both among the key industry players and with relevant interlocutors from government, media, academia and other business sectors critical for the industry.

The formats of the different sessions are developed to ensure that discussions are well focused, related to specific issues and projects and oriented towards specific outcomes.

An Executive Summary will provide participants with the highlights and the key outcomes of the discussions at the Global Automotive Forum.

Keynote speeches for policy formulation and discussion:

  • Brainstormings on some prospective issues for the industry, well prepared and moderated to engage speakers and participants in a process leading to genuine take-home value.
  • Update/briefings on business, societal, technology and geopolitical developments with an impact on the industry, with a special attention to the “so what?”- the implications for business.
  • Debates confronting analyses and perceptions on some developments impacting on the industry and what they bode for the future.
  • Panel discussions bringing together different approaches and perspectives on specific issues to provide participants an integrated perspective on the topic.
  • Workshops to discuss specific projects.

The Initiator:

The Global Automotive Forum is initiated by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee, which is also responsible for organizing many of the major auto industry events. The committee enjoys close ties to all major domestic vehicle manufacturers and their counterparts operating in China.


About Chongqing

As the one and only municipality directly under the Central Government in mid-west China, a comprehensive transportation hub in southwest China, and a significant national modern manufacturing base, Chongqing is a strategic stronghold of the China Western Development. It is located at the junction point of the “Belt and Road Initiative” and the Yangtze River Economic Zone, and it plays a special and important role in the national pattern of regional development and opening-up to the outside world.

In recent years, Chongqing has maintained a good momentum of development, and its gross regional production in 2017 reached RMB 1.95 trillion, which increased 9.3% and that growth rate ranked among the best in the country.

After years of exploration and innovation, Chongqing has formed a “3 three-in-one” inland opening-up type economy feature consisting of 3 transportation hubs of air, waterway and railway, 3 national open ports, and 3 bonded areas. The river-ocean combined transportation between Chongqing and Shanghai, ocean-rail combined transportation between Chongqing and Shenzhen, air freight, as well as the Chongqing-Sinkiang-Europe International Railway Channel and the Chongqing-ASEN Road Transportation Channel had been opened; on account of multimodal transport of rail, waterway, road and air, Chongqing becomes the most economical and convenient comprehensive logistics hinge.

The operation center of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity, the National Cross-border Electronic Commerce Comprehensive Pilot Area, the Innovative Development Pilot Project of National Trade in Service, China (Chongqing) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Big Data Comprehensive Test Region, and some other new projects and new policies settled in Chongqing in succession. Chongqing will inevitably have new and greater opportunities for development.


■ Famous auto city in China

As the largest automotive manufacturing base, Chongqing has an annual vehicle production capacity of 4.5 million units with 38 automotive manufacturers, including 20 whole vehicle manufacturers and 18 specialty vehicle manufacturers. There are about 840 automotive parts and accessories enterprises above designated size in Chongqing and more than 72% of suppliers are within Chongqing.

In 2017, Chongqing's auto industry above designated size achieved an output value of over RMB 500 billion, and 3 million automobiles were produced. The growth rate of the automobile manufacturing industry was 6.2%.


■ Broad market

The administrative area of Chongqing is 82,400 km2 and the population is 33.90 million. It has a vast local market and powerful radiation ability on the neighboring provinces and cities, covering a peripheral market with a population of over 300 million.


■ Rapidly growing economy

The total GDP in Chongqing in 2017 reached RMB 1950.027 billion, and increased by 9.3%. Investment in fixed assets reached RMB 1744.057 billion, and increased by 9.5%.


■ Foreign capital: coming in a continuous stream

Chongqing has established economic and trade relations with over 180 countries and regions.

Above 10 countries including Great Britain, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Cambodia, Philippine, Hungary, Ethiopia, Holland and Italy have established consulates in Chongqing. More than 270 Fortune 500 enterprises, including Ford, HP, BP, Ericsson, ABB, Lafarge, Carrefour, Metro, Isuzu Motors and Suzuki Motor, have established their presence in Chongqing.


■ Sound industrial base

Chongqing is one of the six old industrial bases in China, with a complete range of industries and strong supporting capacity. Industry is the dominant force in the economy of Chongqing. In 2017, added value of industries reached RMB 658.708 billion with a year on year growth of 9.4%, and accounted for 33.8% of the whole city’s GDP. The pillar industries, i.e. automobiles, electronic information, equipment manufacturing, natural gas chemistry, materials and energy industries, have maintained a good momentum of development in Chongqing.

Documentary of GAF2016