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Alain Charles to Sponsor Yangtze Port Conference

Alain Charles Publishing will sponsor a networking conference for Western investors and suppliers to meet decision-makers at the major Yangtze ports. To be held in Shanghai April 12, 2007, the Yangtze Business Network 2007 will be the first time that so many port managers and government officials will be gathered together for the sole purpose of meeting potential foreign investors.

Up to 60 managers and officials will participate, representing ports from Chongqing in the west to Taicang in the east. Each will bring with them details of major investment projects that require foreign capital, equipment, technology or expertise.

The event is supported by the Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs, under the Ministry of Communication, the Yangtze Waterway Bureau, the Municipal Government of Chongqing and the Yangtze Ports Association. The focus for the 2007 event is on infrastructure projects: ports, dredging, waterway and vessels. The morning session will comprise presentations on the government blueprint for attracting foreign investment to the Yangtze, the building of the Digital Waterway, shipping trends on the river, and issues relating to modernizing the waterway infrastructure. Most of the afternoon session will be devoted to matchmaking. Time-slots will be drawn up for Chinese delegates to meet with their potential Western business partners and suppliers.

Visit to Chongqing

The Municipal Government of Chongqing has invited the Yangtze Business Network to attend the Chongqing Fair, to be held between April 18 and 21. Conference participants will be invited to take part in an intensive five-day tour of the city, visiting all the major transport and logistics facilities, with the opportunity to meet major manufacturers and retailers such as Ford and Carrefour, as well as trade companies exhibiting at the fair. Fuller details of the event can be found at www.alaincharles.com.

The Chongqing Fair, organised by the Ministry of Commerce and the provincial governments in the region, is the largest trade fair in southwest China.

The price of the trip, including transportation and accommodation, is US$3,750.

For more information, contact David Lammie in London at: +44 20 7834 7676, email: Yangtze@alaincharles.com

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