Thursday, November 2, 2006
I have received the following e-mail (slightly edited) on another listserv:
The US/China Legal Exchange for 2006 is coming up at the beginning of December with sessions in Seattle on December 1, Cleveland on December 5, and Washington, DC on December 8. The Legal Exchange is an annual program between the Department of Commerce and China's Ministry of Commerce that provides the US business and legal community with the opportunity to learn about important changes to China's commercial law directly from Chinese government officials. Every other year, US experts travel to China to discuss legal developments with an audience in China; this year we will host Chinese legal experts discussing China's draft Anti-Monopoly Law and the recent amendments to the Partnership Law. The Chinese delegation will follow the precedent set in previous legal exchanges of having high level officials lead the Chinese delegation. This year's delegation will include Vice Minister Ma Xiuhong (Ministry of Commerce) and Vice Minister Zhang Qiong (State Council, Legislative Affairs Office). The laws to be discussed will have a tremendous impact on companies doing business in China or looking to enter the Chinese market, and the opportunity to hear about these laws directly from Chinese policymakers should be of great interest to anyone working with companies to take advantage of China's rapidly growing economy.
The Commerce Department is directly in charge of logistics for the Washington, DC session and can direct inquiries about the other sessions by those interested in participating. Commerce anticipates being able to accommodate approximately 75 attendees in Washington and while they have not finalized the planning or begun accepting registrations for the program yet, they have asked interested parties to post notices about the program. If you have questions about the program, please directly contact Joel B. Blank in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce: firstname.lastname@example.org.