Confucius Institute, Moore School team up for conference
The Confucius Institute and the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina will host a one-day international business conference Monday, Nov. 22, that will address business relationships and opportunities between China and the United States, particularly in South Carolina.
The conference is set for 2 – 5:30 p.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium on the eighth floor of the Moore School. While intended for business, government and education leaders, the event is free and open to the public. A reception will take place afterward from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the campus room of Capstone House.
Participants can hear three keynote addresses and attend one of three panel discussions: the China-U.S. economic relationship; business development with China; and the role of education in fostering economic development with China. Panel topics will relate to the Southeastern U.S. and South Carolina.
“This international-business conference and panels are an effort to promote business opportunities and exchanges for South Carolina,” said Dr. Tan Ye, director of USC’s Confucius Institute. “South Carolina is one of the best states in the country for business development. It is ripe for foreign investment with a ready and able workforce and reasonable land. The conference is well timed as the difficulty of the economy continues.”
The first part of the conference, from 2 – 4 p.m., will feature keynote addresses by Jack Ellenberg, deputy secretary of commerce for the S.C. Department of Commerce; Guihua Chen, the first secretary of the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office in the U.S. Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; and Hal Johnson, president and CEO of the SC Upstate Alliance.
Ellenberg will discuss the economic relationship between China and South Carolina with respect to investments in the United States, as well as South Carolina’s presence in China. Chen will provide a broader understanding of China’s economy and the potential for more business exchange, while Johnson will discuss his business interactions with China through the lens of regional economic development in the Upstate.