Promoting Further Cooperation between China and Ireland – Hengtian Executives Met with Irish Minister during China International Import Expo

During China International Import Expo CIIE on November 6, Heather Humphreys, Ireland’s Minister for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation met with Hengtian CEO, Mr. Bo Zhou and Vice President Mr. Wells Shi in Shanghai.  This meeting served as a further in-depth exchange between Hengtian and Irish national leaders since the meeting between the Tánaiste, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland and Hengtian executives this past March.


Figure 1: From left to right, Mr. Eoin O’Leary, Irish Ambassador to China, Ms. Heather Humphreys, Minister of Irish Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Bo Zhou, Hengtian’s CEO, Ms. Eileen Sharpe, Global Director of European and Emerging Business of Ireland Investment and Development Agency, and Mr. Wells Shi, Hengtian’s Vice President.

In Recent years, trade between Ireland and China has expanded and developed very positive momentum. Minister Humphreys introduced to Mr. Bo Zhou many of the recent developments in Ireland and the business opportunities brought about in International trade between the two countries. She also spoke highly of China’s opening up and commented that she would fully support Hengtian in its efforts to set up a branch in Ireland as a base to further expand its business in Europe. Mr. Bo Zhou, Hengtian CEO, expressed his thanks for Minister Humphreys’invitation and said that Hengtian had been paying close attention to the development and opportunities of Ireland and other European markets. Since 2010, Hengtian has actively cooperated with Irish companies in the fields of life insurance and pensions, among other segments of finance and technology. Mr. Bo Zhou pointed out that with its open and inclusive culture, as well as an ideal business environment, Ireland has assumed greater strategic importance as a base of Hengtian business in Europe, and that Hengtian is well on its way to establishing a new Irish entity in collaboration with University College Cork.


Figure 2: Minister Heather Humphreys (first from the left) and Mr. Bo Zhou (first from the right) exchange gifts

We expect that the visit of senor Irish government officials during the CIIE is bound to create opportunities for Chinese companies to expand in the Irish market. Science and technology, especially financial technology will surely draw continuous attention as an important part of bilateral trade cooperation. As a technology- and innovation-driven company, Hengtian has developed exciting solutions in finance, big data and new retail, and has launched a series of R&D initiatives, such as a financial data service platform, Internet finance solutions, integrated new retail e-commerce, private cloud platforms, big data analytics solutions, software performance and security engineering, etc.  In the future, with the “Belt and Road Initiative” as one of many examples of cross-border cooperation, an increasing number of opportunities for overseas business development exist.  Hengtian views Ireland as a strategic hub for Europe and Hengtian will continue to explore software development and innovation, promote advanced technology solutions in Europe, create greater value for companies at home and abroad, and make new strides in trade and technology globalization.