Media Advisory

Roundtable discussion to focus on trade with China

Mahendra Gupta, PhD, dean of Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, will host a roundtable discussion with business leaders, as well as a contingent from Shanghai, on opportunities for increased two-way trade and investment between Shanghai and the central United States and actions to help grow those relationships.

This discussion itself is closed to the public but members of the media are invited to attend a reception following the roundtable where participants will be available to answer questions.

The World Trade Center Saint Louis and the St. Louis RCGA jointly signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board in January. A delegation of six members of that board will be visiting St. Louis May 9 and 10 at the invitation of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Dean Gupta, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, Dick Fleming of the RCGA, Tim Nowak of World Trade Center Saint Louis, several prominent local business leaders, Olin School professors and students.

 Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center, O’Donnell Lounge on the second floor.

 The reception open to the media begins at 4p.m. Monday, May 9, 2011. Parking will be in the Millbrook Parking Garage just north of Knight Center.

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 St. Louis and Shanghai have much in common and discussion during the roundtable will focus on ways to establish closer connections through improved trade, investment, education, research and cultural ties. Washington University is partners with Fudan University in Shanghai through the McDonnell International Scholars program.