BEIJING, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The 2013 FORTUNE Global Forum will be held in Chengdu, China from June 6 to 8, 2013. It was announced by Andy Serwer, FORTUNE magazine's managing editor, at a press conference in Beijing on Monday.
"At a time when China is in the forefront of global business, Chengdu is the ideal location for the next FORTUNE Global Forum," Serwer said in his announcement. "Situated in the heart of China's rapidly growing Western region, Chengdu has become a dynamic magnet for multinational companies, a center for higher education, and a leader in diverse range of industries from automotive and logistics to technology and services."
According to Serwer, Chengdu, the capital city of China's Sichuan Province, has been expanding rapidly with GDP growth of 15.2% in 2011. To date, 212 FORTUNE Global 500 companies have opened operations in Chengdu, which benefits from transportation networks that reach into broad swaths of central and western China, as well as central and southern Asia.
Ge Honglin, Mayor of Chengdu, said, "The 2013 FORTUNE Global Forum will be held in Chengdu, which is an honor for Chengdu and reflects the remarkable breadth of vision of the organizer of the forum. The participants will be granted a chance to have a close look at the fruits of the development of China's western regions since Chinese government launched the movement ten years ago, the achievements made in the construction of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan in 2008, and how Chinese inland cities positively respond to global financial crisis and speed up the transformation of economic growth pattern. It's an opportunity for the world to have a better understanding of Chengdu and for Chengdu to go international."
The theme of the 2013 FORTUNE Global Forum will be "China's New Future", with a program that will focus on the evolution of China's domestic economy, the development of China's Western regions, and China's emerging role in the global context. The central content pillars will be: The China Century, Resource Solutions, Innovation and Technology, and Global Finance Economy Recovery.
Chengdu will be the first western city in China and the fourth city after Shanghai (1999), Hong Kong (2001) and Beijing (2005) to host FORTUNE Global Forum in China.
SOURCE Information Office of Chengdu Municipal Government