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World Trade Centers Association Participates in Two Leading International Platforms in Trade and Investment in China (September 4-11)

2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) and 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT)
Sep 08, 2020

Xiamen and Beijing, China (September 8, 2020) — The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) — a global network of more than 320 highly-connected, mutually supportive businesses and organizations — is pleased to announce its participation in two leading international platforms in trade and investment — the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China from September 4-9, 2020 and the 2020 China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen, China from September 8-11, 2020. The former, CIFTIS, will focus on fast-growing and emerging areas of service trade, and is hosted by the China Ministry of Commerce and Beijing Municipal Government. The latter, CIFIT, will focus on connecting investors, traders, service providers and government agencies to China and the rest of the world, and is hosted by the China Ministry of Commerce.

“On behalf of the WTCA, it is our pleasure to participate and have significant presence in not one but two leading international platforms in global investment and trade this week,” said Mr. Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director-Business Development of WTCA. “For the past five years, we have supported CIFTIS as a major international partner to showcase trade in services around the world. And for the past nine years, we have supported CIFIT’s commitment to the promotion of global investment and trade through organized trade missions. In today's world where we see a new form of globalization unfolding, a digital globalization, the ability for people around the world to connect with one another in a trusted environment has become an essential business necessity. Through platforms such as CIFTIS and CIFIT, we have the opportunity to create and strengthen connections and interaction with the Chinese market as well as others around the world.”

The WTCA will be co-hosting a forum at CIFTIS in partnership with the Cooperative Alliance of China Association of Trade in Services. Titled “Smart Office Interconnection Development Forum,” the event will begin with opening remarks from Mr. van Puyenbroeck and feature case studies by local companies; a panel discussion with Mr. Wei Kai of China WTC and other panelists; and an MOU signing ceremony for WTC Shenyang and other companies. The event will conclude with networking and business matchmaking sessions. Attendees expected include 26 representatives from China WTC, WTC Beijing, WTC Harbin, WTC Jinzhong, WTC Quanzhou, WTC Singapore, WTC Tianjin and WTC Xian.

Further, the WTCA will co-host two events at CIFIT, showcasing its global network and brand through roundtables, forums, and matchmaking sessions. First, in partnership with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the CIFIT Organizing Committee, the WTCA will co-host the “Summit of World Business Leaders’ Roundtable,” which will focus on the theme of “Artificial Intelligence Changes the Future.” In addition to WTCA, speakers will include executives from Alibaba, Baidu, Golden Home, Huawei, the Institute of Computing Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Meiya Pico, Pingan Intelligent City Solution, TAIDA, Uisee and Unisound. Second, in partnership with CCPIT Fujian, the Fujian Provincial Department of Commerce and the Bank of China (Fujian Branch), the WTCA will co-host the “Maritime Silk Road International Economic and Trade Cooperation Matchmaking Symposium” focusing on the preparation of Fujian’s participation in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai. Mr. Ghazi Abu Nahl, Chairman Emeritus of the WTCA, will also provide comments at CIFIT’s International Investment Forum.

“While this year’s events are a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’d like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the participants, our partners in China and the organizers of both events for making this event possible despite the challenges, and look forward to a successful outcome,” stated Mr. van Puyenbroeck.


World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)
Chanelle Kasik
Phone: +1 212 432 2644

About World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 320 highly connected, mutually supporting businesses and organizations in nearly 100 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these brands for Members to use in conjunction with their independently-owned, iconic properties, facilities and trade services offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programming and resources that it offers its Members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment across the globe through Member engagement. To learn more visit