In March 2017, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced a plan for the “development of a city cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA).” In January 2018, AmCham established a Greater Bay Area task force to investigate the real business potential in the region through organizing study missions and seminars.
One of the key objectives of the GBA initiative is to build a “one-hour living circle” through continuous improvement in the transportation network; infrastructure is key to build greater connectivity of the GBA. As such, AmCham organized an inaugural GBA study mission to Shenzhen & Guangzhou on Feb 1-2, to learn the latest business opportunities in the technology and infrastructure sectors.
Led by AmCham Chairman Jack Lange, Past Chairman Mark Michelson & President Tara Joseph, the delegation met with the following organizations and companies:
- Meeting with Shenzhen government officials led by Vice Mayor, Mr. AI Xuefeng
- Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province led by Director General, Mr. ZHENG Jianrong
- BrainCo – A pioneering start-up backed by Harvard University has signed a record multi-million-dollar deal with one of China's leading import and export companies. Boston-based BrainCo Inc. is fast emerging at the forefront of the BMI-AI industry
- HAX Accelerator – A seed accelerator focused on hardware startups based in Shenzhen and San Francisco. HAX has been recognized as the world's most active early stage investor in hardware
- Shenzhen UAV Industry Association – China’s first UAV association established on Oct 31st, 2015. It consists of 52 market leaders of the UAV supply chain, which includes manufacturers, technology development companies, upstream and downstream industries
- NOA Labs – One of the world’s best known turnkey solution for design, development, prototyping, crowdfunding and mass production located in Shenzhen, China
- Xpeng Motors - founded in 2014, headquartered in Guangzhou. The primitive objective of Xpeng Motors is to build high-quality and cost-effective vehicles that are ‘Younger, Intelligent, Electric and Internet-based’
- Future of Mobility in China luncheon hosted by Deloitte