12:00pm Registration / Networking
U.S. Consul General Peter Haymond from the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, China, will speak on the economic, commercial and political environment of Southwest China. Mr. Haymond will also cover issues encountered by U.S. companies while doing business or making investments in this region.
The Chengdu Consulate district covers five provinces in southwest China. Major urban and economic centers within this region include Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan; the Chongqing Special Municipality; Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan; and Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou.
With a population of close to 91 million, Sichuan is the fourth most populous province in China. Since the implementation of the central government's Western Development Strategy in 2000, Sichuan has consistently registered economic growth rates that are above the national averages. Its total GDP reached USD 429 billion in 2013. Key industries in the region are agriculture, energy, aerospace, automobile manufacturing and information technology.
Chongqing became one of the four municipalities under the direct control of the central government in 1997 and has experienced significant economic development since then. With a population of 33.4 million, Chongqing is recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing metropolitan areas in the world. In 2013, the municipality's GDP totaled USD 209 billion, a 12.3% increase over the previous year. Important industrial sectors include chemical, pharmaceutical, automobile, motorcycle and aviation components manufacturing.