On May 13th,
2004, Mr. Robert E. Goodman, Chairman of Sino-American
Trade Development Association, who was invited by Mr.
Guoying Zong, Vice Director of the Administrative Committee
of the Tianjin High-Tech Industry Zone, visited the
zone with two other SATDA representatives and negotiated
a basic agreement of cooperative intent. The Tianjin
High-Tech Industry Zone is one of the first high-technology
zones approved by the Chinese State Department. The
zone consists of three parts: the Huayuan Industry Zone,
located just southwest of the city and encompassing
about 12 square kilometers; the Policy Zone, located
in the Nankai District of Tianjin; and, the Jingjintang
Highway Industry Zone, which, in itself, includes the
Wuqing Development Zone, the Beichen Technology Industry
Zone, and the Tanggu Ocean Technology Industry zone.
The representatives of SATDA visited only the Huayuan
Industry Zone on this trip.
Mr. Zhe Li,
Director General of the Finance Bureau, Mr. Ningjian
Li, Director General of the Recruitment Business Bureau,
Mr. Qifen Ran, the first representative of the Tianjin
High-Tech Zone's newly established communication office
in Beijing, along with several other leaders from the
Tianjin High-Tech Industry Zone, all accompanied Mr.
Goodman's group during its visit to the Huayuan Industry
Zone. At the Investigation and Development Center in
the Huayuan Industry Zone, they all participated in
a meeting and discussed inviting U.S. companies to invest
in Tianjin, organizing a visit by companies within the
High-Tech Zone to America, and several other important
issues. During the meeting, they also approved the agreement
on cooperative intention. Each of these actions will
be beneficial to improving the cooperation between the
U.S. and Tianjin's High Technology Industry Zone in
the near future.
of the Tianjin High-Tech Industry Zone warmly welcomed
the SATDA delegation, and provided a brief overview
about the zone. They identified several important fields
for business development in the Zone, such as: IT products
and services, new biological products and medicines,
and new energy sources/new materials for improved environmental
protection. Mr. Goodman concluded with a summary of
SATDA's mission and service principles.