Hosted by AmCham South China, the 2017 APCAC

Asia Pacific Business Summit Starts Today


Guangzhou – April 19, 2017, The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) today announced at LN Garden Hotel the opening of the 2017 APCAC Asia Pacific Business Summit. The four-day event brings together more than 600 business and industry leaders, policy experts, and top government officials from U.S., China, and from across the Asia Pacific region.

As an “Economic Powerhouse” Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) represents 29 American Chambers of Commerce from 22 economies in Asia Pacific; 20,000 member companies; 50,000 overseas American executives; 10 million employees; USD$620 billion in annual FDI management and USD$1 trillion in annual trade.

Over the next four days, more than 100 international expert speakers will address issues of common concern including areas of opportunity for investments in Asia Pacific. On the first day of April 19th, all APCAC Executive Directors will engage in a closed-door meeting to discuss best corporate practices.

On the morning of the second day, April 20th, AmCham South China and Department of Commerce of Guangdong Province will jointly hold a plenary session which will be attended by senior Chinese national, provincial and city leaders; in the afternoon, the APCAC 2017 Business Summit will officially kick off with a grand opening, which will be attended by the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Mr. David H. Rank, U.S. Consul General in Guangzhou, Mr. Charles Bennett, AmCham South China President and APCAC Host, Dr. Harley Seyedin, and many other distinguished guests. On topics of finance, investment, tourism, immigration and the new U.S. administration, the afternoon continued with discussion panels involving CIFIT Organizing Committee, Government of Guam, Walmart, HSBC, Amway, Citigroup, Duff & Phelps, AIG, PayPal, Withers Worldwide, KKR, etc.

On the third day of April 21st, there will be all-day plenary sessions and discussion panels, where ambassadors and senior officials of Consulates General, representatives of cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Boston, U.S. and Chinese academic experts, and industry leaders including Times Industry, FedEx, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Caterpillar, and Rockwell Automation are scheduled to share their opinions in fields of FDI, manufacturing, automation, smart cities, IPR, e-commerce, logistics and human resource.

On the last day, some delegates are also invited to a trip to Shunde District, followed by the 2017 AmCham South China’s Spring Gala Ball at Garden Hotel Guangzhou to celebrate a successful APCAC.

Hosted by AmCham South China, the 2017 Business Summit represents a unique opportunity for South China, especially Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan Provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Hong Kong and Macau SAR to showcase their latest developments.



Established in 1968, the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) is an association of 29 American Chambers of Commerce in the Asia-Pacific region. APCAC’s collective membership represents over 20,000 businesses, over 50,000 overseas American workers and over 10 million employees. American enterprises provided over USD$620 billion in investment and USD$1 trillion in annual trade in the APCAC region.


The APCAC Business Summit is hosted each spring by an APCAC member AmCham. The annual summit attracts corporate and government leaders from across the region and provides a valuable platform for dialogue on key issues, networking and business development.


About The American Chamber of Commerce in South China

The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating bilateral trade between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Certified in 1995 by its parent organization, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., AmCham South China represents more than 2,300 corporate and individual members, is governed by a fully-independent Board of Governors elected from its membership, and provides dynamic, on-the-ground support for American and International companies doing business in South China. In 2016, AmCham South China hosted nearly 10,000 business executives, government leaders and journalists from around the world at its briefings, seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings.