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Ambassador Gary Locke Speech and Launching Ceremony of the Global Forum for Fortune 500 and SME Cooperation Held in Shanghai

On May 18th, 2016, the Ambassador Gary Locke Speech and Launching Ceremony of the Global Forum for Fortune 500 and SME Cooperation 2016, organized by the Global Alliance of SMEs (GASME), was held at InterContinental Shanghai Expo. Over 400 entrepreneurs and friends from the press attended the event.

Special guests to this event include: Mr. Gary Locke, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Ms. Xia Hua, Senior Vice Chairwoman of GASME China Region and President of Eve Fashion Garments, Mr. Bian Huaduo, Vice Chairman of GASME China Region, CEO of Harlyn Capital and CIO of Far East Group, Mr. Frank Cao, Secretary-General of GASME and Advisor to Former President of Germany Mr. Christian Wulff, and Mr. Jin Guanghui, Vice Chairman of GASME China Region and Board Chairman of Ningbo Xinjinwanhao Holding Group.

Ambassador Locke highlighted in his speech that “we want a strong and prosperous China that plays a key role in world affairs and works with us to uphold the international rules-based order and to ensure peace and stability throughout the world. A strong China is critical in the fight against terrorism and in halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. A prosperous China with a rising middle class means more demand for our high quality made-in-USA goods and services, and that means more jobs for Americans back home. A strong US economy is good for China. It means more Americans with money in their pockets to purchase items – much of which is made in China. Thus, a strong US economy means jobs for the people here in China.”

Ms. Xia Hua, President of Eve Fashion Garments, Mr. Xie Xianlong, Secretary-General of GASME Center for World Economic Studies, Mr. Yang Xinge, Vice President of Stars Group and Mr. Yu Bozhang, CEO of MeiZiJ Group had a round of dialogue with Ambassador Locke, discussing hotspot issues such as the trend of global economic development, China-US economic cooperation and trade, and cultural exchanges.

As to the future economic development in China, Mr. Bian Huaduo, Senior Vice President of Far East Group pointed it out in his speech: China’s economy faces pressure of promoting growth and making adjustment over the short run, but its long-term trend and driver remain unchanged. The global economic crisis changes the paces of development only without alternating the trend of development. The 21st century is bound to mark the 100 years when China will grow stronger and more charming in addition to becoming more prosperous.

Secretary-General of GASME Mr. Frank Cao announced that the Global Forum for Fortune 500 and SME Cooperation 2016, organized by the Global Alliance of SMEs, China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations, Global Times, China Business Network and Western Returned Scholars Association, would be held in Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai from September 12th and 14th, 2016. According to Frank, this Forum has three highlights: first, special initiator. This forum is initiated by Mr. Christian Wulff, former President of Germany and Global Chairman of GASME. Germany is home to the largest number of SME hidden champions and multinationals. The strong economic development of Germany is significantly attributed to the profound integration of multinationals and SMEs as well as their harmonious development. Second, distinguished speakers. Mr. Christian Wulff, Former President of Germany, Mr. Lee Soo-sung, former Prime Minister of South Korea, Mr. Stephen Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computer, and Mr. Ulrich Grillo, President of the Federation of German Industries have confirmed their attendance at this Forum. Mr. Jack Ma, Chairman of the Board of Alibaba Group, Mr. Matthias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, and Mr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder of Kyocera Corporation, will also be invited and their attendances are to be further confirmed. At least 100 senior officials from 500 multinationals (MNC) will attend this Forum. Third, fruitful results. This forum will give birth to an organization called Global Alliance of Multinationals and SMEs, which will engage 500 MNCs and 5000 suppliers to MNCs. The prize Models for MNC-SME Cooperation will also be awarded to 10 MNCs around the world at this forum. In addition, Global Alliance of Business Organizations will also be established, engaging at least 1000 prominent business organizations from 237 countries and regions. What is more, GASME Center for World Economic Studies will issue the White Paper on “Belt and Road” Business Opportunities and Investment Risks, which will effectively help Chinese enterprises to solve difficulties of accessing information, international financing and preventing potential risks in their global development.

Mr. Bian Huaduo, Senior Vice President of Far East Group, Mr. Frank Cao, Secretary-General of GASME, Mr. Jin Guanghui, Board Chairman of Ningbo Xinjinwanhao Holding Group, Mr. Cao Weiqiang, Deputy Secretary-General of GASME, Mr. Xie Xianlong, Secretary-General of GASME Center for World Economic Studies, Mr. Mao Xiongwei, Vice Manager of Wuhan Forum Committee, and Mr. Yu Huqian, Vice Manager of Ningbo Forum Committee, pressed the LED button on stage, announcing the official launching of the investment promotion of the Global Forum for Fortune 500 and SME Cooperation 2016.

This event is co-organized by GASME Center for World Economic Studies.


Ambassador Gary Locke delivered a speech


Vice President Bian Huaduo delivered a speech


Secretary-General Frank Cao delivered a speech


Ambassador Gary Locke had a dialogue with Chinese entrepreneurs


Launching Ceremony of the Global Forum for Fortune 500 and SME Cooperation 2016