BEIJING and Xiamen, China, September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The World Trade Centers Association® (WTCA®) — a global network of more than 300 highly interconnected, mutually supportive businesses and organizations — recently participated in two leading international trade and investment platforms – the China International Fair 2022 for trade in services (CIFTIS) held in Beijing, China out August 31st – September 5, 2022 and the 2022 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT). Xiamen, China out September 7th to 11th, 2022. The former, CIFTIS, focuses on fast-growing and emerging areas of trade in services and is hosted annually by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce 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 Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
Since 2016, the WTCA has acted as the official international partner of CIFTIS to organize forums with its WTCA members and local partners. Earlier this May, WTCA successfully co-hosted the North American leg of the 2022 CIFTIS Global Roadshow to learn more about the opportunities and challenges of China’s trade services market and how CIFTIS plays a role in facilitating connections. The association has also participated in trade missions and forums at CIFIT for the past 11 consecutive years to provide access to the Chinese market for its WTC members and their business networks.
Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director for Business Development, gave keynote addresses at both international conferences, praising collaboration in the healthcare sector and emphasizing the importance of regional economic integration platforms such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
During this year’s CIFTIS, WTCA co-hosted the “China International Healthcare Industry Development and Investment Forum”. Under the motto “Innovative medical services to build a health community for all” – organized in partnership with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Healthcare Products, Beijing Association for Trade in Services and Huahe International Business Consultancy – the hybrid forum virtually attracted more than 250,000 viewers on the live broadcast channel.
During this year’s CIFIT, the WTCA co-hosted the “21St World Business Leaders’ Roundtable” 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 co-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 Areas of RCEP Cooperation”.
“After coming into force earlier this year, the RCEP has become the world’s largest regional free trade agreement, encompassing ASEAN and major trading powers like the US China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, resulting in the formation of the world’s largest trading bloc, comprising 30% of global GDP and 30% of the world’s population. I want 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 and the world. This performance shows that of China Determination to further liberalize trade to deepen its economic integration with the rest of the world, which is sure to bring tremendous benefits to businesses across the RCEP region,” said Mr van Puyenbroeck during his keynote speech.
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The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 300 highly interconnected, mutually supportive businesses and organizations in 92 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these marks for members to use in connection with their independent iconic real estate, facilities and commercial service offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programs and resources that it offers to its members, the WTCA’s goal is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment around the world through member engagement. To learn more, visit www.wtca.org.
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