World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia CEOs' China Operations Club explores USTDA programs for export opportunities in the ever-growing China market
On December 2nd the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) held an engaging members roundtable discussion hosted by law firm White and Williams, LLP, with Mr. Carl B. Kress, Regional Director for East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe & Eurasia at the U.S. Trade & Development Agency. As Regional Director, Mr. Kress is responsible for developing and implementing USTDA's commercially-driven development program throughout China and other developing countries.
Mr. Kress provided an overview of USTDA's programs and how the agency supports commercial deals in China that open the Chinese market to increased exports of U.S.-manufactured goods and services. USTDA is active in a variety of sectors in China, particularly transportation, energy, healthcare and the environment. The agency's program is driven by U.S. industry interest in specific sectors that can best position U.S. goods and services and welcomes U.S. company-driven proposals and suggestions for projects and events.
The CEOs' China Operations Club December gathering further expanded on how companies could become involved in the cooperation programs, industry conferences and workshops in the U.S. and the reverse trade missions of Chinese delegations coming to the states to meet with exporters. The conversation included tapping into shale gas development in China via related workshops and study tours in the U.S., clean energy and smart city opportunities and the water treatment challenges and opportunities. Following the formal presentation there was continued roundtable discussion on the USTDA programs, but also dialogue on WTCGP member company business influencers including the recent Chinese regulations in the food and agriculture industry like market access registrations, government-to-government dealings, and how to export specific products such as biological and health-care products.
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