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Travel log: Asia fall Business Attraction Mission 2008.

I left Detroit on September 26, before the financial crisis hit the United States and then the world. My first stop was Pune, India, where I had 15 business meetings. I then went to Mumbai, India for another 10 business meetings. I met with many Indian companies I already have a relationship with, as well as many new companies to explain our services, outline the business opportunities that exist in the Detroit Region and listen to the clients to learn how I could help them build their business in the Detroit Region.


From Mumbai, I went to Taipei, Taiwan for nine business meetings and to participate in TAITRONICS, the largest electronics industry show in Taiwan, which also had a special section for automotive electronics. I met with 25 new companies at TAITRONICS to make them aware of our services and the opportunities in the Detroit Region.

From Taiwan, I traveled to the Hangzhou Bay area of China where my first stop was Ningbo. During my short trip to Ningbo, I worked a regional auto parts show (CAPA Fair--China Ningbo International Auto Parts and Accessories Trading Fair 2008) where I met with 49 new companies to promote the Detroit Region.

From Ningbo I took the train to Hangzhou for six business meetings, and then I took the train to Shanghai for three days of meetings.

In Shanghai I completed 18 business meetings, which is quite challenging when you consider the traffic, congestion and the size of the Shanghai metropolitan area. The area I visited in China during this Business Attraction Mission (Shanghai, Zhejiang Province and Jiangsu Province) is currently the most important part of China for economic development potential, as it is the leading region in China and includes many developed and qualified companies.

My final stop for this mission was Incheon, South Korea where I met with one of our partners (Songdo TechnoPark) and worked the ICAA Show 2008 (Incheon Autoparts & Accessories Show 2008), where I met 57 automotive companies from Incheon.

Total results for the Asia Fall Business Attraction Mission 2008 include 58 business meetings, three trade shows worked, 133 new leads and eight new potential prospects.

India and China continue to grow at rapid rates, and the Partnership recognizes the opportunities that exist here in the Detroit Region because of that. We continually work to market the Detroit Region as the best place for Asian companies to do business in North America.

I finally returned to Detroit on Wednesday, October 22nd to face the financial crisis firsthand and enjoy the remainder of autumn in Michigan.

Bernard Pekor is director of New Markets & Asia for the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership.

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