A salon session on global business services (GBS), which often encompasses internal shared services and third-party outsourcing to help improve business outcomes, took place in SIP on July 23. The event was the fourth session of the “FTZ Salon” program run by the authorities of the free trade zone in SIP for the purpose of enhancing local enterprises’ interactions with think tanks and government departments.
The FTZ Shared Service Partners Program was launched at the event to facilitate cooperation and exchange between enterprises and that between enterprises and administrative departments to jointly promote development of shared services. Concurrently, the Special Committee for Shared Services was inaugurated to provide support for the implementation of the program.
“The FTZ in SIP has a good foundation for developing the GBS model in terms of industrial layout, human resources, trade facilitation policies, etc.,” Sun Yangcheng, deputy director of the FTZ’s Administrative Committee, said at the event, inviting GBS groups to launch related operations in the FTZ.
Liu Ying, general manager of Philips Global Business Services (Suzhou), a branch of Dutch multinational conglomerate Philips, and chairman of the Special Committee for Shared Services, shared Philips’ experience in GBS.
Apart from that, Pan Lili and Alex Xie, general managers of the SIP-based branches of American power management company Eaton Corporation and Canadian multinational electronics manufacturing services company Celestica, both with GBS operations in SIP, gave speeches revolving on GBS development.
After that, the participants from a number of local authorities and enterprises discussed a series of topics concerning GBS.