Robert Goodman, Chairman of Sino-America Trade Development
Association, arrived in Dalian on the 31th of October
with a small delegation representing various American
interests. The following morning, the Mayor of Dalian,
Mr. Xia De Ren met with Mr. Goodman in a VIP Conference
at the Municipal City Hall of Dalian. They shared information
on topics of common interest and reaffirmed their friendship
and goodwill toward each other.
Xia De Ren first discussed specific development plans
for his city as well as the current investment climate.
He also spoke about how he felt that through the Dalian
World Trade Center they could develop better international
Goodman, in turn, discussed his impending candidacy
for Lieutenant Governor in the State of Nevada, USA.
He looked forward to an improved ability to develop
tangible trade and investment relations with Dalian
through this new position, which was one of the reasons
he came to visit Dalian now and strengthen relations
with the Mayor and other business and trade leaders.
Another reason for Mr. Goodman's visit to Dalian was
to discuss the U.S. Company Catalog Showcase that will
work in conjunction with the Dalian World Trade Center
to promote new relationships. The potential for a bi-lateral
development effort between Dalian and the LA MART (a
trade venue in Los Angeles, California) that could lead
to improved relations, understanding, and exchange of
business and trade opportunities was also studied.
Xia De Ren complemented SATDA and spoke of his respect
for SATDA's ongoing efforts. Through these efforts,
he said noting Mr. Goodman's particularly valuable contributions,
he was hopeful of expanding the cooperation between
China and America on economic trade and investment fronts.
According to the Mayor, "Dalian city has attached great
importance to economical trade with the United States.
Currently, the two countries have set up the groundwork
for continually improving relationships and exchanges
on culture, education, environmental protection, and
a number of other common areas of interest." Mayor Xia
De Ren asked Mr. Goodman to continue to play a leading
role in Dalian's economic development, and to actively
promote greater cooperation between the two countries
on an expanding range of issues. Mr. Goodman, on behalf
of SATDA, committed to keep Dalian's interests in mind.
He especially again noted his belief that the Dalian
World Trade Center is an area of great potential for
mutual cooperation projects. He concluded that it is
not only our mission to promote opportunities like those
presented in Dalian, but also it was SATDA's obligation.
SATDA will actively work on new programs of cooperation,
including organizing delegations of American entrepreneurs
to visit and investigate Dalian. Mr. Goodman concluded
that he would, "like to solidify relations with your
city and discover, in-depth, more opportunities for
trade that Dalian has to offer in order to create more
productive trade efforts between Dalian and America."
meeting was a wonderful success that had all parties
looking forward to a bright and prosperous future.กก