AmCham Shanghai hosted its 6th Annual Suzhou Industrial Park Recognition Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Suzhou on November 23. The dinner attracted a wide range of senior government officials including SIP Chairman Yang Zhiping, Vice Chairman Sun Yanyan, U.S. Consulate General Deputy Principal Commercial Officer Terri Tyminski, and many other senior members from the SIP government bureaus.
Approximately 130 attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency Suzhou over dinner to celebrate the long-standing partnership between the SIP government, the U.S. business community, and the U.S. government. Chamber President Kenneth Jarrett stated in his remarks that AmCham Shanghai is proud to serve as a bridge between the business community and the Chinese government – the Chamber is also proud to have set up its first satellite office, Suzhou Center, to better serve the needs of the large U.S. business community in SIP. Ken also referred to the recent report on two-way investment flows by the Rhodium Group and said “in the upcoming years, investment will continue to grow and our economies will become even more interconnected. As a business chamber, that means our role will also expand. We are ready to do more and make our contributions to a constructive and dynamic commercial relationship between our two great nations.”
U.S. Consulate General Deputy Principal Commercial Officer Terri Tyminski followed by emphasizing the large number of visa applications to the U.S.; there is a total of 2.7 million visa applications dealt by the U.S. Embassy in China and ¼ dealt by the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. Terri also mentioned the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and China in the global world.
SIP Vice Chairman Sun Yanyan expressed the gratitude for the contributions of AmCham Shanghai as well as the important roles of the U.S. business community played in the development of SIP. Vice Chairman Sun also mentioned that SIP will continue to carry out a ‘Comprehensive Experiment on Opening-up and Innovation,’ copy successful experiences of free trade zones, explore and establish new open economic systems, speed up the clustering of high-end elements of international capital and talents, and accelerate the building of a world-class hi-tech industrial city to welcome more U.S. companies to start or expand their investment in SIP.
The event was supported by Platinum Sponsors Eastman, Nexteer and TE Connectivity. To learn more about AmCham Shanghai’s programs in Suzhou, please click here.