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USCEA and CASME Will Join Hands for the SMEs

Small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) always form the majority of the entities of an economy, no matter it is in the USA or China. For helping millions of SMEs in both countries, US-China Exchange Association (USCEA) and Chinese Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (CASME) have determined to join hands to co-host the US-China Business Matchmaking Conference, a well-recognized brand event since 2001, each year to build the best platform for SMEs in both countries conducting business exchanges and succeeding in the global market.

CASME is a newly established organization that is approved by Chinese State Council and supported by Chinese National Commission for Development and Reform (NCDR), the former Chinese Central Planning Commission. CASME's mission is to become "the" association of the 43 million Chinese SMEs and provide full-scale services for them. The first Chairman of the CASME is Mr. Zibin Li, the former Deputy Head of NCDR and former Mayor of Shenzhen City - the first economic development zone in China back in 1980s. Chinese Vice Premier Tzen Peiyan is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of CASME, and many Chinese national leaders and minister level officials are the members of the advisory committee.

On June 25, 2007, Dr. George Wang, President of USCEA, and Mr. Zibin Li, representing the USCEA and CASME, respectively, signed the agreement at the signing ceremony of the 2007 US-China Business Matchmaking Conference in Shanghai. USCEA and CASME will partner with each other to co-host the annual matchmaking conference and start to cooperate in many other areas as well.

On July 11, 2007, Dr. George Wang accompanied Mr. Li and his staff to visit US SBA and US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. They met with Jovita Garranza, Deputy Administrator of SBA, Anoop Prakash, Associate Administrator of SBA, and Daniel Christman, Vice Chairman of US Chamber of Commerce.