Chinese entrepreneurs are meeting in the Western Chinese city of Chengdu this weekend to discuss investment and people-to-people contacts between China and African nations.
The seminar, jointly organised by Ms Tau Ran of CIFAL-To-Win and Daoist executive coach Hu Da Ping, represents a new wave of non-governmental organisations and platforms intended to create higher levels of Chinese investment and influence abroad.
The platform being set up by Ms Tau is aimed specifically at African investment as the first stage of boosting opportunities for Chinese small and medium size businesses which are not catered for by government or state-owned enterprises.
The seminar includes existing Chinese investors in Africa, would-be Chinese investors and African students studying in China as a source of local knowledge and expertise to oil the wheels of small and medium business seeking strategic partnerships in Africa.
The CIFAL-To-Win investment company has emerged in the past year from CIFAL, a Shanghai-based training and research centre set up by several United Nations agencies including UNESCO in 2006.
The Company also seeks to streamline business procedures and cut red tape connected to the registration of a business and delays in customs clearance and other routine procedures.
"Some of the companies and state-owned enterprises that go to Africa are not sufficiently flexible and familiar with local conditions, " she said.
China is in the process of implementing new laws to facilitate the setting up of non-governmental organisations to form partnerships with global foundations and spread China's growing global influence.
"We will use NGO'S to form partnerships and get to understand local conditions in Africa which will in turn create more sustainable investment, " said Tau adding that Japan and Korea had achieved success with this approach in Africa.
"It will also help to foster people-to-people relations between China and Africa and promote small and medium business," she said.
Tau has her headquarters in the gigantic Global Centre in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in Western China.
The business and entertainment centre, which includes an a indoor beach and theme park, looms on the Chengdu skyline like a massive spaceship visiting earth.
Entering her 15-seater boardroom she announces: "Small is big" as she outlines her vision of a global network operated from Chengdu, home if the endangered Panda and the famous spicy "hot-pot" cuisine of the province known for its temperate climate and beautiful women.
With her designer sky-blue suit and double row of pearls, Tau represents the face of new China grappling to control and channel its often chaotic economic development as it enters a period of slower growth before it emerges as the world's number one economic power.
She says her company will use entrepreneurs to identify projects abroad which would be evaluated and supported when appropriate in an incubator like project.
China recently launched an ambitious plan to spread it's global economic and diplomatic influence by reviving the "Silk Road" trading route through central Asia and Western China.
It is known as the "belt and road" development and involves more than 50 countries in Asian and beyond.
"We will start with Africa and go around the world," said Tau.
"We will use the local talent in African countries and combine it with global wisdom," she said.
Before the seminar Tau participated in an executive coaching session with Hu Da Ping which examined the life and values of Nelson Mandela and their relevance as a guide to personal growth and successful business model.