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Apr 5, 2012 3:21:11 PM    


  BEIJING, CHINA (February 23, 2012) – The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) started its 2012 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) in Beijing today. The meeting has attracted more than 150 representatives from a record of 32 WTCs from the Asia Pacific region and beyond, which made it one of the largest regional meetings in WTCA’s history. The 2012 APRM is co-hosted by World Trade Center Beijing and China World Trade Center (CWTC) and held in CWTC’s Traders Hotel. Today’s opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Wang Chao, Vice Minister of Commerce of China, Mr. XXXX, Vice Mayor of Beijing, Mr. Liao Xiaoqi, Chairman of CWTC and WTCA’s board member, Ms. Xiong Jiuling, Chairwoman of WTC Beijing and CCPIT Beijing, Dr. Chih-Kang Wang, Chairman of Taipei WTC and WTCA’s board member, Mr. Robert Frueh, Executive Vice President of WTCA, and other WTCA board members, WTC representatives, government officials and business representatives from Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America. 
  Themed “Connect with Worldwide WTCA Network,” the two-day regional meeting will mainly focus on the subject of building a successful WTC, with sessions including an introduction of WTCA service platforms and sharing of WTC best practices in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. A roundtable will be held to facilitate the dialogue and communication between the membership base and the WTCA management and attending board members. Many international delegates will find the “Doing Business in China” session, with its prominent speakers and experts from the local business community, to be extremely helpful. In addition, the two host WTCs will take the opportunity to showcase the splendid tradition and stunning modernization of the city with an exciting cultural night and optional new Beijing city tour.
  In his congratulation message to the meeting, Mr. Ghazi Abu Nahl, Chairman of WTCA praised both hosting WTCs for their tremendous efforts to organize the event. He added “Asia-Pacific region is truly redefining the new order of world commerce and international trade.  As one of the top international trade facility and service providers, the World Trade Center network has expanded rapidly in this region to accommodate the development.  Currently, there are more than 320 authorized World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries around the world.  Served by each of these World Trade Centers is a growing list of an estimated hundreds of thousands of businesses all in pursuit of new customers, sources of supply and opportunities for investment.  Among them are about 70 WTCs that are located in the Asia Pacific region.”
  The 2012 WTCA APRM is attended by WTC Bangalore, WTC Beijing, WTC Binzhou, WTC Cape Town, WTC Changchun (option), WTC Changsha (conditional), WTC Changzhou, China WTC, WTC Chongqing, WTC Daejeon, WTC Jinan (option), WTC Jiaxing, WTC Melbourne, WTC Metro Manila, WTC Miami, WTC Moscow, WTC Mumbai, WTC Nanjing, WTC Quanzhou, WTC Shanghai, WTC Shenzhen, WTC Taichung, Taipei WTC, WTC Tianjin, WTC Tokyo, WTC Wuhan (option), WTC Wuxi, WTC Xi’an, WTC Xuzhou, WTC Yiwu, WTC Zhengzhou and WTC Zibo.
  About WTCA:  Founded in 1970, the World Trade Centers Association is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the establishment and effective operation of World Trade Centers as vehicles for the promotion of international trade and investment.  WTCA's network is comprised of over 320 World Trade Center members in nearly 100 countries and close to 1 million WTC Business member companies.  For more information, please visit www.wtca.org.