Tuesday, April 1
The Center will also help Georgia businesses facilitate export opportunities in China, the world’s most populous country and already a key market for Georgia products and services.
Coupled with China’s growing wealth and international trade strategy, the Center will serve as an important first stop for Georgian and Chinese companies to establish relationships, increase trade and build manufacturing and service headquarters.
China is currently Georgia’s second largest trading partner. Georgia businesses export a wide array of products to China, including paper, agricultural and food products, chemicals and machinery. Several Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Georgia lead the way, including UPS, Coca-Cola and Home Depot. It is clear that China represents a robust business destination for Georgia businesses of all sizes.
After lunch we headed about 10 miles outside Beijing to visit the Sany Heavy Industry Company. Sany manufactures a variety of heavy equipment for the building and road construction industries.
Sany is one of Georgia’s newest economic development success stories. The company is constructing its first North American plant in Peachtree City, which will employ 600 people over the next ten years. We met with Sany executives and were invited to take a close-up look at one of the company’s cement pouring trucks.
The evening concluded with a phenomenal performance by the University of Georgia Jazz Band.