2018 White Paper Forum and AmCham 21st Anniversary

AmCham Southwest held its 2018 White Paper Forum and AmCham 21st Anniversary at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chengdu on Thursday, May 31th, 2018. Around 150 guests attended this grand event, including senior managers from both foreign enterprises and local companies, Chinese as well as foreign government officials, pioneers of the industry and representatives of member corporations. The event was to celebrate the release of 2018 American Business in China, the White Paper with moguls from various industries to share their ideas on the existing opportunities and challenges. Later, a retrospection on AmCham Southwest’s events and an introduction of administration went on to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of AmCham Southwest.

The 2018 American Business in China White Paper explores cross-cutting, industry-specific, and regional issues faced by AmCham China’s member companies in 2017 and early 2018, and offers practical recommendations for addressing these challenges. We Chamber sincerely hope that this year’s White Paper could offer a hand in building mutual beneficial relationship on economy between China and America.

Firstly, Chairman of AmCham Southwest, Benjamin Wang gave a welcoming speech and wished a perfect and successful dinner. Then Eli Sweet, Vice Chairman of AmCham Southwest, introduced the purpose and process of the white paper. Five experts from various industries including aviation, finance, manufacturing, hospitality and education shared their expertise on Chengdu’s economy and gave audiences wonderful speeches.

Edward Blanchard, team director of Chengdu International School, introduced several problems in the international education and gave a look into the future. Jay Fang, Officer of AmCham Southwest, senior partner of Chengdu KPMG Advisory Ltd,shared the opportunities and challenges laid ahead in Chengdu’s finance area. Jolly Ma, Officer of AmCham Southwest, GM of Measurement Specialities, analyzed the current positive and negative development trend. Phillip Smith, GM of Fairmont Chengdu, shared some matters in the hospitality in Chengdu and moreover in a global range and brought up several plans to address such issues. Walter Dias, managing director of greater China & Korea, Sales United, briefed the audience on the current situation of aviation in Chengdu &other areas in Asia.

Later, Jolly Ma, Officer of AmCham Southwest, introduced the administration team to guests, and appreciated everyone’s hard effort and great support. Officer of AmCham Southwest, Charles Cheung reviewed the activities AmCham held in the past, and introduced several important events to be held in the future. Ms Hilary Zhou from Nuskin Company was invited to share their stories on Company Social Responsibility (CSR).

Additionally, excellent performance was put on show that night, like Drum Dance, Long Sleeve Dance, Farewell to My Concubine, and Jazz. Such a combination of  characteristics from Oriental and West countries win rounds of applause. At the last part of the event,Consul General Jim Mullinax and Commercial Consul Francis Peters of the US Consulate in Chengdu draw the lucky business cards for grand prices, which includes round-trip flight tickets from United Airlines, sound-controlled loudspeaker from DaoFeng Wisdomfull Technology, beauty apparatus from Nuskin, and five-star experimental vouchers from Doubletree by Hilton and Ritz-Calton, impressing audience with enjoyment.