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Deadline Extended for South China Trade Mission


The doors are about to close on the trade mission to South China and Taiwan. Sponsored by the International Franchise Association and Franchise Times magazine and implemented by the U.S. Commercial Service, this franchise trade mission will include stops in Guangzhou and Fuzhou, China, and Taipei, Taiwan, August 24-28.

Before being accepted to attend the mission, companies are vetted by the in-country U.S. commercial service officers to ensure there are enough interested and qualified partners to make the journey half way around the world worthwhile. The benefits of a trade mission include one-on-one meetings with vetted local partners, plus the experience of learning about the country’s culture from experts and about international franchising from the other development executives on the trip.

Here’s a brief look at the cities:

Considered to be a global city, Taipei is the political, economic, educational and cultural center of Taiwan, and one of the major hubs of the Chinese-speaking world.

Guangzhou is a sprawling port city northwest of Hong Kong. It has been credited with being the birthplace of dim sum, and therefore sports a flourishing food scene. It is separated from the rest of China by mountainous topography and early exposure to the outside world has resulted in its unique lifestyle, liberal ideas, distinctive cuisine and tremendous wealth, according to Wikipedia. It was formerly known in the West as Canton.

Fuzhou is the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian province. According to the 2010 census, its population is 7,115,370, with 62 percent as urbanites. It is the province’s political, economic and cultural center. as well as an industrial center and seaport.

For more information and to fill out an application—remember decisions need to be quick—go to the IFA’s website: http://www.franchise.org/SouthChinaTaiwan.

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