The inaugural ICC was held in June 2008 at the historic Central Hall Westminster, London. 2008’s ICC attracted over 150 senior Chinese business leaders - the largest Chinese business delegation ever to visit the capital. The theme of the conference was based around capital raising for Chinese companies. Delegates were drawn from 15 Chinese provinces and several industry sectors including construction, finance, mining, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors to regional provinces. The event was supported by the Ministry of Commerce, NDRC, and the China Securities Regulatory commission.
The second ICC took place in September 2009 in London and was attended by 340 delegates from 80 Chinese and 70 western companies. The conference was addressed by 67 international experts from Europe and the USA as well as senior policy makers and business leaders from China. The conference was strongly supported by the Ministry of Commerce, China Bank Regulatory Commission and State Administration of Foreign Exchange.
2011’s ICC took place on the 22nd -24th November at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Paris and attracted almost 400 senior attendees and 100 speakers from China and the west. It looked at the state of the global capital markets and international monetary system in the aftermath of the credit crunch; how European and Chinese companies work together to build trade and finance growth; the development of finance in China and the finance needs of specific high-tech industries in the BRIC countries. The opening reception took place at the Elysee Palace and was opened by then President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.
2014’s International Capital Conference took place in Beijing on 20th and 21st October was the largest and most senior event to that time. Organised in partnership with the Fondation Prospective et Innovation, the 5th ICC focussed on the theme of “Bringing Europe to the Heart of China”. The conference was Co-Chaired by Mr Long Yongtu, Co-Chairman, ICC; former Vice Minister of Commerce, China; Chief Negotiator for China's WTO accession; Former Secretary General, Boao Forum For Asia and Senator Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Co-Chairman, ICC; Vice President, French Senate; former Prime Minister, France.
2015 saw a return of the ICC to China's capital. Under the headline China-Europe: New Interests and New Opportunities for Growth in Energy and Finance. More than 250 attendees joined what has become the leading and most established China-Europe business forum.
The 7th ICC took place in Beijing and promoted a combined agenda of Finance, Energy and Disruptive Innovation also called RAID (Robotics, Artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Data). The 7th ICC took up the theme of the Belt and Road Initiative and its impact, and explored how large Chinese and European companies can work together.
The objective of the ICC is to promote two-way outbound investments and the develop trade and partnerships between leading Chinese and Euroepan companies.
The 8th ICC will build on the legacy of the previous events and will once again take place in Beijing on 18-19 October 2017.