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An AmCham delegation May 17 met with Hubei Vice Governor Gan Rongkun to discuss foreign investment and the interests of the chamber’s Central China Chapter members in the province. Led by AmCham China Chairman James Zimmerman, the delegation also included Central China Chapter Executive Committee members, led by chapter Chairman John Ford.

During the meeting, Zimmerman presented Gan with a copy of this year’s American Business in China White Paper, which includes a chapter on provincial capital Wuhan. “The development of the Yangtze River Economic Zones serves as a bridgehead for further development of Central China,” he said. “These developments provide great opportunities for our member companies’ business.”

Gan said he was very pleased to be able to welcome the AmCham China delegation to Hubei and the 9th Expo Central China, being held this week in Wuhan. “I will read the White Paper carefully and I want to know the difficulties and problems of American companies in China. We will optimize Hubei’s investment environment to solve these problems,” Gan said. “I sincerely hope the American Chamber of Commerce can attract more American entrepreneurs and investors to invest in Hubei province.”

Following the meeting with Gan, Zimmerman chaired a meeting of the board of governors, one of the few to be ever held outside of Beijing. As well as Ford, the meeting also included Central China Executive Committee members Helen Hu of GE, Jun Hu of Synopsys and Scott Shaw of LDi, as well as Wuhan US Consul General Joseph Zadrozny.