Florida Evacuates Seven Cities

According to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Governor Rick Scott ordered an estimated 6.3 million Floridians to evacuate in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The governor ordered mandatory evacuations in the cities surrounding the southern half of Lake Okeechobee from Lake Port to Canal Point in Hendry, Palm Beach and Glades counties. He made this decision due to his focus on life safety as the hurricane approached. The seven cities affected by these orders are as follows:

  • South Bay
  • Lake Harbor
  • Pahokee
  • Moore Haven
  • Clewiston
  • Belle Glade
  • Canal Point

The National Hurricane Center re-classified Irma as a category 4 cyclone before it reached the Everglade State. Category 4 is the second highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale and includes maximum sustained winds of 200 to 250 km per hour. Irma had the strength of category 5 twice before. It is the only tropical cyclone on record with sustained winds of 295 km per hour for 37 hours.

Source and more information at http://www.flgov.com/. Image source: ABC News.

Florida ranks 4th in GDP among US states and is thus located on the 1×4 field of the G8x8 chess board. The state’s 2016 GDP amounted to $ 926.8 billion. This was 5.0 percent of the USA total, and more than the national production of countries such as Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, or Turkey.

 

Education Plus in Jiangsu

Education Plus is the annual international summit and exhibition for vocational education. The 2017 fair was held in Jiangsu’s capital Nanjing from 19 to 21 October. Exhibition topics included

  • Information Communication Technology
  • Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Modern Agriculture
  • Modern Service Industry
  • Vocational Education Training Providers
  • School Pavilion

More information at http://en.educationplus.com.cn/

Jiangsu ranks second in GDP among Chinese provinces and takes position 2×2 on the G8x8 chess board. In 2015, the province produced 7,011.6 billion RMB worth of goods and services, contributing 9.7 percent to the total GDP of China. Depending on the exchange rate, this was almost as much as the GDP of Australia.

 

Côte d’Azur Innovation

Since April 2014, the Regional Agency for Innovation and Internationalization of Companies Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (ARII PACA) is the agency in charge of economic development, attractiveness and innovation in that French region.

It provides assistance to facilitate the emergence, acceleration and deployment of structuring projects and  high-potential business growth.

The ARII website aims to enhance the range of services daily developed to meet regional challenges.

ARII
General Manager Mr. Jean-Yves Longere
22 rue Sainte Barbe
CS 30394
13217 Marseille Cedex 02
France

Telephone: +33 4 96 17 07 40
E-Mail: contact@arii-paca.fr

The GDP of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ranks 6th among French top-level regions, to sit at the 6×6 spot of the global G8x8. In 2014, the GDP was 151.0 billion €, about 7.1 percent of the French total. Comparing the economic power of this French territory with whole countries, it would rank higher than Iraq, but lower than New Zealand.

 

Financial Center Hessen

Frankfurt is the seat of the European Central Bank and the German Bundesbank. It is the location of a major stock exchange in Europe. Frankfurt is not the capital, but the largest city in the state of Hessen, which has distinguished itself as an attractive location for foreign direct investment.

No other German territorial state receives as much foreign investment relative to the number of jobs. Hessen is one of Germany’s and Europe’s most attractive locations for international investors.

The federal state has used Hessen’s central location in Germany to build a transportation infrastructure that is unparalleled in Europe. The Rhine-Main area in particular occupies a top position in Europe for its status as an international hub for air, road and rail traffic.

For more information, try https://english.hessen.de/economy.

Hessen ranks fourth in GDP among the German laender, and is positioned at the 4×4 slot within the G8x8. In 2016, it achieved a GDP of 269.4 billion € and a share of 8.6 percent of the German total. Its GDP was higher than that of Israel and Hong Kong, but slightly lower than that of Egypt.

 

Aichi Business Access

I-BAC (Aichi-Nagoya International Business Access Center) offers free “one stop” services including incubation facilities to foreign companies desiring to enter the Aichi-Nagoya region. Check this for more information: http://www.i-bac.jp/o/

Aichi ranks third in GDP among Japanese prefectures and takes position 3×3 within the G8x8. Its 2013 GDP of 35,448 billion Yen contributed 7.0 percent to the total of Japan.

 

Guangdong Free Trade Zone

The pilot free trade zone of Guangdong province, aiming at the promotion of foreign trade and investment, has been opened in 2015 with great enthusiasm. Their website at http://www.china-gdftz.gov.cn , however, has no “news” in English since June, 2016. You might think that enthusiasm has died down, but no! News in Chinese are updated almost daily. Seems that only the English language team has been on vacation…

Guangdong ranks first in GDP among Chinese provinces and is placed at field 2×1 on the G8x8 chess board. In 2015, its GDP of 7,281.3 billion CNY contributed 10.1 percent to the national total of China. In international comparison, this is more than the GDP of Indonesia and a bit less than Mexico.

 

California Business Portal

The official California website promoting international trade and investment is found at http://www.businessportal.ca.gov. Their address is

1325 J St., Suite 1800
Sacramento, CA 95814

And their telephone: +1 877 345-4633

California ranks first in GDP among US states, placing it at the 1×1 pole position within the G8x8 territories. In 2016, California took a share of 14.1% of the USA total GDP. This was worth $2,602,672 million or 2.6 trillion US Dollars, just as much as the GDP of the United Kingdom (ranking 5th among countries).

 

Panjin Deans Visit Swiss VET Institute

A group of deans of the Panjin Vocational and Technical College (PVTC) under its vice principal Zhang Hongfu visited the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) in Zollikofen near Bern on 7 July 2017. The event was part of a Sino-German Project on Dual Vocational Education in Panjin. Project Team Leader Zhang Yaowen also joined the visit at SFIVET.

The delegation was received by Eric Swars, Head of International Relations. He provided insights into the dual VET system of Switzerland and its differences to the German dual system, into the education of TVET teachers and masters, and into TVET research and vocational development, tasks his institution is in charge of. In May 2017, SFIVET already established a partnership with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).

Panjin is a chemical and petroleum industry city in Northeast China. The Chinese government is encouraging the entire region to modify its economy. Panjin was selected by the National Development and Reform Commission as a pilot city for the introduction of a dual VET system similar to the German and Swiss systems. PVTC is at the core of the pilot project, initially focusing on the vocations of Chemical Technician, Mechatronics Fitter, and Geriatric Nurse.

Panjin is located in the Chinese province of Liaoning, which was a G8x8 province in 2008 but was ranking only 10th among Chinese provinces in 2015 GDP.

 

Andhra Pradesh Economic Development

The Economic Development Board (EDB) has to accelerate the inclusive economic growth of Andhra Pradesh. The board acts as a catalyst to facilitate economic growth, investment climate, reforms, and competitiveness in Andhra Pradesh.

The functions of the Economic Development Board include:

  • Strategic investment planning and promotion
  • Nodal point of contact for investments
  • Mobilisation of resources required for supplementing public and private investment
  • Facilitating inter-departmental coordination
  • Economic and policy research

For more information, check out http://apedb.gov.in/

Andhra Pradesh ranks 7th among India’s states, and is located at slot 7×7 of our G8x8.

New York Promotes Guangxi

The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce will hold an investment and trade promotion event for Guangxi province of China on 25 October 2017. Participation is free for members, non-members will be charged $25. Contact +1 212-686-7220 or info@chamber.nyc for more information and to register, or see their event announcement here.

The event is promoted by the Guangxi provincial department of commerce.

A similar event was hosted by the Greater New York Chamber in October 2015. At that time, the Guangxi delegation included six governmental delegates, six economic and trade delegates, and five delegates from the Chinese Consulate General in New York. They spoke about investment opportunities in Guangxi.

Information and image source: Greater New York Chamber of Commerce.

The State of New York ranks third among US states in GDP, placing it on the 1×3 field of the global G8x8 chess board of most productive territories of the most productive countries. In 2016, the state contributed 8.1 percent to the national GDP. This was an amount of $1,488 billion, almost as much as all of Canada produced at the same time. Guangxi Autonomous Region, on the other hand, ranks only 17th among Chinese provinces and is not yet listed a G8x8 member.