It is vital for all economic and financial players to have a step ahead, to perceive what the trends will be in the months and years ahead. In today’s turbulent and apparently unpredictable world, there is an ongoing need for maximum value creation, and for a better understanding of issues which are either tangential to the economy (the evolution of commercial, economic and financial sector parameters, business intelligence…) or specific to the economy (the euro, investment funds, lobbying, PPP...).
We aim, through the debates of the Shanghai Club, to offer our members some of the keys that will help them better understand the full context in which they will be taking decisions – decisions on which the success or failure of their strategies may depend. With this club we seek to help fill a gap, by offering to members a new forum in which “China's voice” on issues of importance to Europe & France - a voice which is perhaps not fully taken into account outside of Asia - can make itself heard.
The aim is to not simply state the facts, but rather to offer proposals with which to develop new perimeters, according to a confident, clear logic. At the end of each session, a report will be issued highlighting key themes tackled over the course of the debate.
Through dialectic analysis of current issues, the Shanghai Club will point usefully and creatively towards some of the major coming trends.
The CEPS brings together, in a convivial and selective setting, a small and diverse group of current and former decision-makers, actors and ‘thinkers’ from the economic world: key players from the industry and finance sectors, entrepreneurs and investors, public sector leaders and associated experts – most of whom will be concerned on a daily basis with observation and analysis of the issues which we will be debating.
This process is particularly unique because of our desire to bring together in a convivial setting, a selected group of individuals in a veritable club environment for an open debate around lunch or dinner time: a meeting entirely dedicated to reflection upon relevant issues, without being limited to ready-made opinion, free from preconceived ideas, on a specific and topical issue.
These meetings are exclusively for guests or members of the Club. Once the club is launched, all new members are co-opted by existing ones. In this spirit, invitation being by personal recommendation only, it cannot be transferred to a third party except by prior agreement of the organizers. Each debate takes place over a luncheon or a dinner, for which no financial contribution is asked from those present (our sponsors carry the costs).
We follow the Chatham House rules, in other words: all attendees are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker may be revealed, nor the location in which the ideas were expressed. Depending on the standard of the work undertaken and the desires of members, a collective publication may result from the event.
At each of our sessions, one or two guest speakers launch the debate by delivering a short address on the theme of the session. In order to ensure coherence in the debates, these speakers are encouraged to respond to one or more questions from the others present, to allow for a more focused analysis of the theme than would be permitted by free-ranging debate.
For greater efficiency, the meetings follow a fairly precise procedure, typically:
Presentation of the theme
Launch of the debate
Questions and wider debate
Emblematic CEPS Members
Monsieur BONNAVE Philippe, President Directeur Général - BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION
Monsieur BRETON Thierry, President-directeur général - ATOS
Madame BORNE Elisabeth, Ministre des Transports - MINISTERE DES TRANSPORTS
Général Jean-Paul PALOMEROS, former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation - NATO, and former General in the French Air Force
Madame PECRESSE Valérie, President - CONSEIL REGIONAL D'ILE-DE-FRANCE
Monsieur de ROMANET Augustin, Président - Directeur Général- AEROPORT DE PARIS
And many more ….