August 13, 2007 13:37 ET

Passport to China: WSA to Host Leadership Mission in Shenzhen

Participating WSA Members to Receive a Personal Tour of Shenzhen and Attend One of China's Largest Technology Fairs

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 13, 2007) - The WSA, the state's oldest and largest technology trade organization, today announced that it will provide several of its member executives with a personal tour of Shenzhen, China, where they can network, explore possible business opportunities and attend one of China's largest annual technology fairs.

Along with collaboration from the Washington State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development (CTED), the trip will be organized by the WSA and its partners in China. It is scheduled for Oct. 8-13.

Earlier this year, the WSA formed a partnership with the Shenzhen Software Industries Association (SSIA) -- one of the oldest local associations of the China Software Industry Association -- and opened a business office in Shenzhen to strengthen the state's technology ties to China.

"Thanks to our new Shenzhen office, as well as our strong relationships with technology associations and government officials in China, we are proud to offer our members countless opportunities to enhance their businesses, both here and abroad, with this customized trip," said Ken Myer, president and chief executive officer of the WSA.

Among other benefits, the trip will provide participants with:

--  Opportunities to develop relationships with government officials,
    potential suppliers and partners in China.
--  Information on how to enter China's market.
--  Firsthand knowledge of how American companies are successfully doing
    business in China.
--  An expert translator and coordinator.
--  The ability to participate in one of the largest annual technology
    fairs in China.

The technology fair, called the China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF), has become the leading state-level, tech event in China since its creation in 1999. Last year's show included participants from 42 countries and a total of 3,278 exhibitors and 2,690 investors. In addition to businesses from China, global firms including IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Siemens have also participated in the event.

"It's the WSA's goal to provide our members with an ever-growing number of benefits that can not only help their businesses, but also secure the region's leadership in the technology industry," Myer said. "Our trip to Shenzhen -- where the technology market is booming -- does just that."

About the WSA

Founded in 1984, WSA is Washington's technology association with over 1,000 member companies representing more than 100,000 software, Internet, telecommunications and technology company employees. The WSA is a catalyst for industry connections and provides members with key business services. As a voice for Washington's technology industry, the WSA leads the advocacy of issues necessary to grow Washington state's impact as a leader in the digital economy. WSA's Global sponsors are Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Laird Norton Tyee, Microsoft, Regence BlueShield, The Hartford and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. WSA's funding sponsors are AH&T Insurance, Comerica and Google. For more information, please see

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