Detroit Chinese Business Association to Host Cross Border Investment Summit on April 19 at NextEnergy

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The Detroit Chinese Business Association and the Minority Business Development Agency/Dept. of Commerce San Jose will host a full-day conference focusing on collaborative investment opportunities between the United States and China.

The conference, called the Detroit-China Cross Border Investment Summit 2018, will be held Thursday, April 19 at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit’s Midtown district.

The TED-style conference will emphasize collaborative investment opportunities in the U.S.-China smart car and auto parts exchange industries.

“China pays attention to everything we do,” says Milan Stevanovich, vice president of global strategy for the Detroit Chinese Business Association. “We need to better pay attention to what China is doing.”

Stevanovich adds a sharper focus on international business will improve both competition and collaboration between Chinese and American companies.

Kyle Ellicott, founder and chief labs officer of Readwrite Labs and ReWrite in San Francisco, will be the keynote speaker and will address Michigan and China tech collaborations.

Other guest speakers include Scott Williams, executive governor of the Invest USA China Committee; Chen Hailin, general assistant manager of Shangai International Automobile City Group; Zhu Weiqiang, deputy mayor of Tongxiang County; Matthew Gibb, chairman of NEXT Education; and Qiang Hong, senior research scientist at the Center of Automotive Research.

Featured delegations will come from two critical development areas of the Zhejiang, China province: Shanghai International Auto City (SIAC), located in the Jiading district of Shanghai, and Tongxiang in China.   

SIAC is a 100-square-kilometer area of Shanghai that has been leading China’s automobile market. Tongxiang is the geographic hub of the Shanghai-Hangzhou-Suzhou triangle, an area of development potential that is connected to three of the most prosperous and innovative cities in China.

The morning session will focus on Tongxiang and the afternoon will focus on Shanghai Jiading.

Registration and a networking coffee will open the conference from 9:30-10 a.m. Lunch will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and a cocktail dinner reception will take place from 6-8 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is required by April 12. Register by emailing schan@dcba.com. Seating for each session is limited to 80 people.

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