FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Contact: Carrie Lynch, 704-336-5863
Mayor Anthony Foxx met with U.S. Embassy Officials and representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing to discuss strengthening the business and export relationship between Charlotte and China. The meeting was part of a ten-day trip that Mayor Foxx is taking with a local delegation of business and civic leaders to the country.
Charlotte is a rising export leader, producing $10 billion in exports and supporting more than 72,000 jobs primarily in chemical manufacturing, financial services and transportation. Exports to emerging markets such as those in China represent some of the fastest growing export markets for Charlotte. China also is North Carolina’s second largest export destination for goods such as farm machinery and agricultural equipment with exports to China tripling since 2004.
“The Mayor’s visit underscores the growing importance of the export potential between China and Charlotte,” said Eric Wolff, Commercial Officer with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. “It’s great to see Charlotte and the State of North Carolina playing such an active role in promoting the relationship with China, and it can only strengthen ties between the regions.”
One point of Mayor Foxx’s discussion with embassy and chamber officials focused on the National Export Initiative (NEI), a government-wide promotion strategy to strengthen exports. Often small and medium-sized American companies face hurdles when conducting export sales such as a lack of information of export markets, ability to obtain export financing and strong competition from foreign competitors. The NEI is focused on improving trade advocacy, increasing access to credit, removing barriers to the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad and ensuring policies to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth.
Mayor Foxx stated during a telepresence conference held Tuesday, November 15 that the relationship between public sector leaders is just as important as the relationship between the private sector and the opportunity to interact face-to- face will build on the relationships that have been forged between our delegation and our Chinese counterparts.
Video of the telepresence and pictures of the delegation in China can be found at the Mayor’s web page
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