BEIJING and XIAMEN, China, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The World Trade Centers Association® (WTCA®) — a global network of more than 300 highly connected, mutually supportive businesses and organizations — recently participated in two leading international trade and investment platforms — the 2022 China International Expo for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), held in Beijing, China from August 31 – September 5, 2022 and the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in 2022 Xiamen, China from September 7-11, 2022. The first, CIFTIS, focuses on fast-growing and emerging areas of trade in services and is organized annually by the Ministry of Commerce of China and the Beijing Municipal Government. The latter, CIFIT, focuses on connecting investors, traders, service providers and government agencies China and the rest of the world and is organized annually by the Ministry of Commerce of China.
Since 2016, WTCA has served as the official international partner of CIFTIS to organize forums with its WTCA members and local partners. Earlier this year in May, WTCA successfully hosted the North American leg of the CIFTIS 2022 Global Roadshow to learn about the opportunities and challenges of China’s trade services market and how CIFTIS is playing a role in facilitating connections. The association has also participated in CIFIT for the past 11 consecutive years in trade missions and forums to provide access to the Chinese market for its WTC members and their business networks.
WTCA Executive Director – Business Development Robin van Puyenbroek delivered opening remarks at both international conferences, praising collaboration in the health sector and highlighting the importance of regional economic integration platforms such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
During this year’s CIFTIS, WTCA hosted the “China International Healthcare Industry Development and Investment Forum”. With the theme “Innovative medical services to help build a community of health for all” – organized in partnership with China The Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products, Beijing Association of Trade in Services and Huahe International Business Consulting Company – the hybrid forum attracted a virtual presence of more than 250,000 viewers on the live broadcast channel.
During this year’s CIFIT, WTCA hosted the “21St Global Business Leaders’ Round Table with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the CIFIT Organizing Committee for the eighth consecutive year with the theme “RCEP: A New Vision for Regional Cooperation and Development”. WTCA hosted the “2022 Fujian—Maritime Silk Road International Economic & Trade Cooperation Matching Symposium (RCEP Special Session)” with CCPIT Fujian with the theme “Sharing Development Opportunities and Expanding RCEP Cooperation Areas”.
“After entering into force early this year, RCEP has become the largest regional free trade agreement in the world, covering ASEAN and major trading powers such as China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, which led to the formation of the world’s largest trading bloc, comprising 30% of the world’s GDP and 30% of the world’s population. I would like to congratulate China and other RCEP member countries for this wonderful achievement – and I firmly believe that the implementation of the agreement will boost international trade and investment for the region as well as the world. This achievement also demonstrates of China determination to further liberalize trade to deepen its economic integration with the rest of the world, which is sure to bring huge benefits to businesses across the RCEP region,” said Mr van Puyenbroek during his keynote remarks.
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The World Trade Center Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 300 highly connected, mutually supportive businesses and organizations in 92 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these marks for members to use in connection with their independently owned, iconic properties, facilities and commercial service offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programs and resources it offers its members, WTCA’s goal is to help local economies thrive by promoting and facilitating trade and investment around the world through member engagement. To learn more, visit www.wtca.org.
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