Fresh from cementing a new partnership agreement with the Chinese city of Nanjing, the Bay Area Council hosted a reception on Monday (Jan. 7) for the Nanjing Department of Commerce during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. This is the first sponsored partnership that the Council has formed with a municipal government in China. The Nanjing delegation was led by Commerce Department Deputy Director-General Zou Weikai, along with managers of life science parks from the two priority development districts of Jiangning and Jiangbei. The Deputy Director-General laid out in broad terms how he plans to support companies across a range of industries in developing business in his city.

Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu province and situated just one and a half hours away from the Bay Area Council’s China headquarters in Shanghai, was initially chosen by the Council as a partner due both to its political importance in the region and for its abundance of technology talent. The Council has had a long-standing partnership with the Gulou District of Nanjing, the political center of the city. However, with the influx of provincial and national funds for the development of the Nanjing’s peripheral districts, the Council engaged the municipal government in the renewal of its partnership to access more resources for Bay Area companies in China.

For more information about opportunities in Nanjing and upcoming delegation receptions, please contact Global Initiatives Director of Business Development Alex Foard.