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Executive Seminar in China to Focus on Business Development

April 23, 1998


Waltham, Mass.-"Doing Business in China," a Five-Day International Executive Program in Shanghai, China, from June 12 to June 20, 1998, is being co-sponsored by Bentley College and the cities of Boston and Shanghai for business leaders and graduate students as the first stage of a three-pronged effort to develop trade alliances between Boston and China.

The City of Boston Mayor's Office of International Trade and Business Development, and Bentley College's Joseph M. Cronin International Center, in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Department of Shanghai Municipal Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Commission, have developed the executive seminar to address requirements for successful development of trade between the two business communities. While financial crisis has transformed much of East Asia, the Chinese economy and interest in international development remain strong.

According to Robert Wolfgang, director of the Mayor's Office of International Trade and Business Development, "This is a great example of how a government agency and an academic institution can work together. We in the Mayor's Office have 20 business alliances around the world and three are in China where we hope to develop a marketplace for Boston-based business."

The executive seminar is the first of three steps, Wolfgang said. In mid-September 1998, Boston will host a major conference here on trade in China. In May 1999, a trade mission to Beijing and Shanghai is expected to include 40 to 50 companies.

Tuition for business executives is $4,500, including hotel for seven nights, luncheons and receptions, round-trip airfare and transfers, and sightseeing. Tuition for graduate students is $3,550. Registration information is available from Dr. Jane Ives, International Center, Bentley College, at 781-891-2966.

Departing June 11, the program will include a round-table discussion on China's economic and political environment with members of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Board. Sessions will also examine prospects for development in technology industries; financial reform in China, including the status of the Bank of China as a steadying force in the national economy; economic restructuring of state-owned enterprises and the effects on private markets in China. Meetings with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, commercial officers of the U.S. Embassy and executives of American companies operating in China are scheduled.

Participants will visit Shanghai development zones, the Shanghai Security Exchange and banking institutions. Cooperating organizations for the Shanghai program this June include the California Trade and Commerce Agency office in Hong Kong, the Asian-American Association, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University's China Business Centre.

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