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B20 China Kick-Off Meeting

The B20 China Kick-off Meeting will be held on January 25-26, 2016 in Beijing, China.

As the first official event of B20 China, the kick-off meeting will release the vision of B20 China, key event plan, and the list of chair, co-chairs, network partners and knowledge partners of each taskforce. It will also mark the launch of policy discussion of B20China taskforces.

About 300 leaders of enterprises, chambers of commerce and associations from G20 members, as well as representatives of international organizations are cordially invited to attend the kick-off meeting.

We expect your precious attendance to the kick-off meeting and your continuous support to B20 China in order to build an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.

Program


B20 China Kick-off Meeting Agenda (Draft).pdf

January 25  (Monday)  JW Marriot Hotel Beijing (83 Jianguo Road)

All Day      Registration

18:30-20:00  Cocktail Reception


January 26  (Tuesday)   Great Hall of the People, Beijing

09:00-10:50  Taskforce Breakouts

The session will introduce the structure of B20 China taskforce, release the list of taskforce Chair, Co-Chair(s), Network Partner, Knowledge Partner, and present proposed priority topics and timeline of each taskforce.

11:00-12:10  Panel 1: The role of B20 and beyond

Taskforce Chair/Co-chairs of both China and previous B20, representatives from global business community and international organizations will exchange views on the history, achievements and future development of B20.

12:10-13:20  Panel 2: What to be expected from B20 China?

Taskforce Chair/Co-chairs of both China and previous B20, representatives from global business community and international organizations will share expectations on how B20 and B20 China can contribute to an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.

13:20-14:45   Lunch

15:15-16:00   Plenary Session

This session will invite senior government officials of China to present the theme of G20 China. Priorities and key events of B20 China will also be released by the Chair of B20 2016 Host Committee.

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Participants' Guide


B20 China Kick-off Meeting Participants' Guide.pdf

1.INTRODUCTION

The B20 2016 Host Committee warmly welcomes delegates to B20 China Kick-off Meeting, to be held in Beijing on 25-26 January 2016.

The B20 2016 Host Committee is committed to providing a program of meetings and activities that will enable delegates to effectively carry out their work while enjoying their stay in Beijing.

This Participants’ Guide provides logistical and other general information on arrangements for the B20 China Kick-off Meeting in Beijing. Amendments and/or updates to this Guide (if any) will be issued as necessary and sent via email.

The Host Committee wishes all delegates an enjoyable and most productive stay in Beijing.

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2. MEETING DATES, VENUE AND PROGRAM

2.1 Dates and Venue

The B20 China Kick-off Meeting will commence in Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China on the morning of 26 January 2016. A cocktail reception will be held in Studio Room 1 at B1 Floor of JW Marriot Hotel Beijing on the evening of 25 January.

Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China

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JW Marriott Hotel Beijing (Interconnected with the Ritz Carlton, Beijing)

83 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District

Beijing 100025, China

Phone:+86 -10-5908 6688

Fax:+86-10-5908 6699

Website: http://www.marriott.com.cn

2.2 Program

A detailed program, including information of the agenda and format of the B20 China Kick-off Meeting has been posted on website (www.b20-china.org) and will be forwarded to all delegates separately.

3. ACCREDITATION AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

3.1 Delegate Accreditation

www.b20-china.org is the only official website and access to registration and accreditation for the B20 China Kick-off Meeting and other events of B20 China except B20 Summit. Registration and accreditation via any other website, organization, individual or approach is invalid.

All delegates attending the B20 China Kick-off Meeting must register for accreditation via B20 official website (www.b20-china.org).

Online registration and accreditation for the B20 China Kick-off Meeting is opened till  Sunday 17 January 2016 (Beijing Time). It is important that delegates register for accreditation via the online accreditation portal as early as possible.

In order to ensure that all information provided is accurate, please read the notes and requirements on each webpage carefully when filling out registration form.

Complete and accurate registration information is one of the key criteria for accreditation.

The delegate’s and the contact person’s email addresses provided in the registration form will be used for them to check accreditation status and receive notices respectively.

Once the registration information is successfully submitted, the delegate can check his or her accreditation status on the B20 website. A confirmation letter will be emailed to you by b20events@ccpit.org if accreditation is approved.

3.2 Badge Collection

Each delegate must present his/her valid identity document which has been registered for accreditation when collecting a badge.

The badge can be collected at the B20 Kick-off Meeting registration counter in the lobby at G floor of JW Marriot Hotel, from 09:00 to 21:00 on 25 January.

If for some reason the delegate needs another person to collect his/her badge, the person must present the delegate’s valid identity document which has been registered for accreditation.

Badges and identity documents must be displayed at all times within designated B20 access-controlled zones.

3.3 Use of Delegates’ Personal Information

The B20 Host Committee will collect and record delegate information for the purposes of accreditation, accommodation and logistical arrangements relating to the B20 China Kick-off Meeting.

Delegates’ personal information will be protected and accessible to only a limited number of personnel of the B20 2016 Host Committee.

3.4 Visa Requirements

For the List of Agreements on Mutual Visa Exemption between the People’s Republic of China and Foreign Countries, please refer to the Mutual Visa Exemption List located on the right column of the following website: http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/.

All other delegates need valid visas to enter China.

Delegates who are not exempted from visa are strongly advised to apply early to the embassies, consulates, or other visa-issuing authorities of the People’s Republic of China accredited to or stationed in the respective member countries.

Further inquiries about visa and entry requirement may be directed to:

b20events@ccpit.org.

4. ACCOMMODATION

The JW Marriott Hotel Beijing and the Ritz Carlton Beijing are the recommended hotels for the B20 China Kick-off Meeting. The B20 2016 Host Committee has negotiated an exclusive rate for B20 Kick-off Meeting delegates and will arrange group transfer between the hotel and Great Hall of the People on 26 January. Should delegates wish to make arrangements for accommodation at a different hotel, they will be responsible for all arrangements, costs and transfer to/from the meeting venue.

JW Marriott Hotel Beijing

Rates per night:

RMB 1,300 net (Deluxe Room)

RMB 1,800 net (Club Room)

RMB 2,500 net (Executive Suite Room)

Ritz Carlton Beijing (interconnected with JW Marriott Hotel Beijing)

Rates per night:

RMB 1,500net (Deluxe Room)

RMB 2,150 net (Club Room)

RMB 3,500net (Executive Suite Room)

Accommodation reservations for the JW Marriott Hotel and the Ritz Carlton will be facilitated by B20 China Kick-off Meeting. Exclusive accommodation rates have been negotiated for delegates from 23 to 31 January 2016. Access to the exclusive negotiated rates outside this period is subject to availability. To take advantage of the exclusive rates, the reservation must be confirmed no later than 15 January 2016.

The rate is inclusive of 15% service charges and one buffet breakfast.

To make a reservation, please email the reservation form to dean.wang@marriotthotels.com or fax it to +86-10- 5908 6699.

Should you meet any difficulties when booking a room, please contact:

Mr. Dean Wang at Tel: (+86 10) 5908 8929 / Cell :( +86 10)159 4112 2010 or

Mr. Louis Zhao at Tel: (+86 10) 5908 8988 / Cell: (+86 10) 133 8121 9223 

Please click the links and download the reservation forms.

Reservation form for JW Marriot

Reservation form for Ritz Carlton

5. TRANSPORT

5.1 Group Transfer between Hotel and the Great Hall of the People

The host committee will arrange group transfer between the hotel and the meeting venue. The delegates are expected to take the coach according to the following time at the gathering point.

07:30 am 26 January

Gathering Point: JW Marriott Hotel Beijing, G Floor (North Entrance)

17:00 pm 26 January

Gathering point:  East Entrance of Great Hall of the People

5.2 Airport Transfer

Hotel Address:        83 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025, China

Website:                      http://www.marriott.com.cn/en

Distance to Airport:      25 minutes driving distance /35 kilometers

Subway Info:             City Metro Line One, station name: Da Wang Lu

Hotel limousine services:

Pick up / Drop off:

Audio A6: RMB 780 net (single trip)

GL8: RMB 1050 net (single trip)

Benz: RMB 1180 net (single trip)

6. AIRPORT ARRIVAL

6.1 Arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport

Taxi services are available at the airport, and the estimated fare to hotel is RMB 100.

Airport Metro to hotel is also available; please take airport metro to San Yuan Qiao station, transfer to line 10 to Guo Mao station, and then take line 1 to Da Wang Lu. The estimated fare is RMB 31. 

6.2 Customs

All foreign citizens entering the People’s Republic of China need to undergo customs control. Customs declarations are required to be filled out by delegates who bring in cash in excess of USD 5,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) or RMB 20,000 and/or articles that are subject to customs clearance.

7. AIRPORT DEPARTURE

7.1 Departure from Beijing Capital International Airport

Taxi services are available to the airport, and the estimated fare is RMB 100 departing from the two hotels.

Metro line is also available to the airport, please take line 1 at Da Wang Lu to Guo Mao station, transfer to line 10 to San Yuan Qiao Station, and then transfer to airport metro line to the airport (terminal 2 / terminal 3). 

7.2 Tourist Refund Scheme

Foreign visitors who have stayed in the Chinese mainland for no more than 183 days can receive a rebate of 11 percent on consumer goods purchased at designated department stores. The minimum purchase for a tax refund is RMB500 (about USD 82) at any store in one day. The rebate covers everything apart from items prohibited from exporting overseas in accordance with law. The refund will be paid in RMB in cash or transferred to the buyer's bank account.

8. WORKING LANGUAGE AND INTERPRETATION

Chinese-English interpreting service will be provided. 

9. GENERAL INFORMATION 

9.1 Beijing 

The history of Beijing as a city dates back to more than 3,000 years ago. It is renowned for its numerous historical monuments as well as natural and cultural heritage sites. At the heart of the city lies the Forbidden City and the Tian'anmen Square, the largest city square in the world. 

Popular tourist sites such as the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, etc. are also within or close to the city. As the capital of China, Beijing also offers visitors a complete and exciting range of culinary choices from China and across the world. 

9.2 Weather 

The average lowest and highest temperatures of Beijing in January are -5 °C(23 °F) and 3 °C (37 °F). Please be advised to bring winter clothes such as sweaters and thick winter coats. 

9.3 Time 

The Beijing Standard Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT. 

9.4 Currency and ATM Service 

The official currency of China is RMB. Retailers in Beijing will generally not accept other currencies so it is necessary for visitors to change foreign currencies into RMB in advance in order to make cash payments. No restrictions are imposed on the amount of foreign currencies, traveler’s checks or credit cards to be brought into China. However, non-residents carrying more than USD 5,000 (or equivalent in other foreign currencies) or RMB 20,000 in cash should declare to the Customs. 

Major world currencies and traveler's checks can be converted to/from RMB. Currency exchange points are located at Beijing Capital International Airport, major hotels and banks throughout the city. Banks usually take a commission for money exchange and delegates are advised to take it into consideration. When making a currency exchange, some banks also require a passport or other documents. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are found throughout the city. 

It is also possible to use the ATMs located in banks, hotels and large shopping centers. 

9.5 Credit Cards 

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Diners Club, Discover and other major international credit cards are accepted at most establishments or can be used to withdraw cash from ATMs throughout the city, although some small shops and restaurants may only accept cash payments. 

9.6 Electricity and Water Supply 

The power supply in China is 220-240 volts, 50 hertz. Two/three-pronged plugs are used. Please check before using an appliance. Tap water is not drinkable. We advise delegates consume bottled water which can be purchased at the hotel or any nearby convenient stores.

9.7 Postal Service

Post offices generally open from 08:30 to 17:00. 

9.8 Tipping 

Tipping is not customary for restaurant waiters or taxi drivers in China. 

9.9 Useful Telephone Numbers 

Police: 110

Fire alarm: 119

First aid: 120 

9.10 Mobile Phone Information 

Local phone services are reliable. Both GSM and CDMA mobile phone systems are in operation. Most modern mobile phones can work in several settings that can use roaming service in different networks. Most of the GSM-phones in use in China support the protocols of GSM-900 and GSM-1800. Long distance calls within China may be made by direct dialing through International Direct Dial (IDD) in major cities or through operated assisted calls. Telex and fax services are readily available in major hotels. 

9.11 Smoking 

In Beijing, smoking is banned in all indoor public space and is also prohibited in open-air space in kindergartens, schools, child welfare institutions, women and children's hospitals, fitness and sports venues, and cultural relic protection sites that are open to the public. There are designated areas provided for smokers.

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