Mainland China

As the largest economy and exporter in the world, Mainland China plays a prominent role in international trade. The economy is primarily composed of state-owned enterprises and domestic and foreign private businesses.

China Overview

In recent years, in order to diversify and foster more globally competitive industries, China has renewed support for its state-owned enterprises in sectors considered important to “economic security”. This public sector also employs approximately 63% of the labour force.

China also ranks 14th on the Global Innovation Index but ranks relatively low on the Index of Economic Freedom at 100th.

The country’s top export destinations are the USA, HK, Japan and South Korea for commodities such as electrical and other machinery, apparel, furniture and textiles.

Landscape and growth

Global State of the Market Report

In 2020, the Advisory Board Centre mapped professionals currently serving on advisory boards. This assessment identified over 4,000 professionals on advisory boards in Hong Kong and China and has projected a 54% growth for the sector in this region.

China’s Advisory Board Landscape

Research has identified that the advisory board sector is emerging, and advisors exist as a profession in China. As an emerging sector, advisory board professionals may have opportunities in key sectors including – agriculture, mining and manufacturing – and are encouraged to stay open-minded to start-up and emerging industries.

Future Growth Opportunities

There is a growing opportunity for professionals to increase participation in China, by formalising advisory board structures and collaborating on a global scale. As this sector grows, it is important to note that best practice credentials will shift the market from informal to formal advisory boards over time.

Key Statistics

Population 1.398bn
GDP 14.34tn (USD)
Labour Force by occupation
GDP by sector
Import 565.253bn (USD)
Export 568.877bn (USD)
Global ease of doing business rank 31st
Global ease of doing business score 85.3/100