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U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke Flies to Guangzhou to Dedicate World’s First AmCham Tower, Largest AmCham Office & Conference Center

2013-02-25 09:05 1758

GUANGZHOU, China, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke arrived in Guangzhou on 21st to preside over the dedication ceremonies of the first AmCham Tower in the world. The tower houses the eponymous American Chamber of Commerce in South China's National Headquarters and Conference Center, which are the largest of any American Chamber of Commerce in the world.

President Harley remarks at the World's First AmCham Tower dedication ceremony
President Harley remarks at the World's First AmCham Tower dedication ceremony

Ambassador Locke, U.S. Consul General Galt, AmCham South China President Harley, Board of Governors and VIP
Ambassador Locke, U.S. Consul General Galt, AmCham South China President Harley, Board of Governors and VIP

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke remarks at AmCham Welcome Luncheon
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke remarks at AmCham Welcome Luncheon

Ambassador Locke visits children in the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center
Ambassador Locke visits children in the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center

The premises, located in Guangzhou’s Pazhou district, include a state-of-the-art auditorium which seats 160 as well as separate conference rooms fully equipped with latest telecommunications and interactive technology.

"This AmCham Tower symbolizes the substance and vitality of the U.S.-China trade relationship," said AmCham South China President Harley Seyedin. "The past 30 years have proven how much both nations benefit from a relationship based on openness and fair competition, and I see this Tower as one more monument to those ideals."

In addition to Ambassador Locke, the event's guests included Consuls General from Guangzhou’s diplomatic community; representatives from the Chinese government and senior executives from AmCham South China’s member companies.

This year numbering more than 2,000, the chamber’s members are estimated to account for nearly 40 percent of all U.S.-China trade and investment.

Following the ceremony, Ambassador Locke joined AmCham South China’s Board of Governors on a visit to the Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, the beneficiary of AmCham South China’s charity fundraising efforts over the past two years. The RMB 2,392,000 raised thus far is being used to finance life-saving operations for orphaned children in the center.

About The American Chamber of Commerce in South China

The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating bilateral trade between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Certified in 1995 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., AmCham South China represents more than 2,000 corporate and individual members, is governed by a fully-independent Board of Governors elected from its membership, and provides dynamic, on-the-ground support for American and International companies doing business in South China. In 2012, AmCham South China hosted nearly 10,000 business executives and government leaders from around the world at its briefings, seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings. The American Chamber of Commerce in South China is a fully-independent organization accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. All AmChams in China are independently governed and represent member companies in their respective regions.

Source: AmCham South China
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