SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A group of foreign and Chinese executives has established a volunteer group, Shanghai Support Group (SSG), that provides free consultation to international corporations and executives who are unable to conduct their China-related businesses during the global COVID-19 Pandemic. SSG's email Hotline (firstname.lastname@example.org), Initial Consultation Center, and a Resource Directory have been put together to address the critical needs for speedy information gathering, initial problem assessment, and access to professional services in China.
"There are unimaginable tasks and challenges for foreign established SMEs to continue their business operations in China while travel bans exist,” said Michael Kuan, Chairman, and Founder of Kuan Capital, a global investment and asset management company headquartered in Shanghai. "That is the reason we set up this country-wide volunteer network to assist foreign executives and their business needs in China."
Most of SSG's volunteers are foreign expatriates and Chinese executives based in China who have living, working, and problem-solving experience in China. They are from the Advisory, Management, Legal, Procurement, Medical, IT, Investment, Human Resources, and Logistics sectors; and together, they will donate a part of their time and knowledge to help those in need of local knowledge, presentation, and execution.
"As business owners, executives, and professionals, we cannot assess the impact of border closings, travel bans, social distancing, and remote working. However, we certainly can help each other out during these difficult times," said Gary Morris, an international business advisor living in China for the past 12 years. "We only win by working together and make sure tomorrow will be better than yesterday."
Since its formation, the members of SSG have helped with many inquiries and requests in terms of guaranteeing regulation, freight and logistics, and sourcing PPE and medical suppliers in China from Europe, North America, and Africa.