Suzhou, China (November 12, 2019) — The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) — a global network of more than 325 highly-connected, mutually supportive businesses and organizations — has announced that its China Summit/Chinese-Speaking Regional Meeting took place in Suzhou, China on November 6-8, 2019. Held annually, the Regional Meeting is a three-day event that takes place each year in a different World Trade Center (WTC) within the Chinese-speaking region. More than 60 delegates from 23 WTCs, as well as government officials, experts, speakers, global companies, and local businesses attended this year’s meeting.
Hosted by WTC Suzhou, the first full day of the meeting on November 7 featured a special program with the theme of “Towards the Future of New Building Economy.” Speakers from WTC Suzhou, J.P. Morgan, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), China World Trade Center Hotel and Property Management, Beijing Yachu Technology, SpacesForce, World Trade Center Taipei, and WTCA gathered and shared their expertise and insights on property trends, technologies, investment, innovative operation, and digital management. Mr. Scott Ferguson, CEO of WTCA, delivered a speech on “WTC Facility Development in the Digital Era.” Ms. Catherine Lee, WTCA Board Member, introduced the WTCA Foundation which she chairs and WTC Taipei gave an update on the 2020 WTCA General Assembly. Suzhou local government authorities were also present to introduce the Suzhou economy and policies for trade.
On November 8, Mr. Ferguson, provided updates on the association’s current work, followed by an Asia Pacific Region Update from Mr. Scott Wang, WTCA Vice President of Asia Pacific and a WTC Flash Panel session featuring updates from WTC Macau, WTC Harbin, WTC Shenyang, WTC Chongqing, WTC Tianjin and WTC Suzhou. In the afternoon, the participants toured the Suzhou Hi-speed Railway New City and the 2nd annual China International Import Expo (CIIE) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Chaired by WTC Harbin, the WTCA Agriculture Member Advisory Council (AgMAC) hosted an exhibit on behalf of the association during the CIIE. The WTCA also supported a major forum of CIIE titled “Lujiazui: China Strength, Global Access,” in which Mr. Ferguson delivered a keynote speech.
Participating WTCs at this year’s Regional Meeting included WTC Atlanta, WTC Beijing, WTC China (Beijing), WTC Chongqing, WTC Hangzhou, WTC Harbin, WTC Jinzhong, WTC Kunming, WTC Macau, WTC Nanchang, WTC Nanjing, WTC Nanning, WTC Ningbo, WTC Quanzhou, WTC Shanghai, WTC Shenyang, WTC Singapore, WTC Suzhou, WTC Taipei, WTC Tianjin, WTC Xiamen, WTC Xi’an, and WTC Zhengzhou.
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The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 325 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 www.wtca.org.