A countdown lighting ceremony was held at the Canton Tower at 8 pm on August 27, witnessed by guests at home and abroad, FGF messengers and their parents, FGF volunteers and media representatives. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
On December 6 - 8, at least 210 CEOs from world leading companies will gather in Guangzhou for the 2017 Fortune Global Forum.
This year’s forum, with the theme ‘Openness & Innovation: Shaping the Global Economy’, will see the attendance of at least 129 of the Fortune Global 500 such as Walmart, Philips, Qualcomm, Ford, FedEx, Cisco, Morgan Stanley, Johnson and Johnson, HSBC, Air Holland, Michelin, Metro, SABIC Innovative Plastics, SAP, Nike, ABInbev, Mitsubishi, and Telecom Italia.
As part of the 2017 Fortune Global Forum, a Mayor Round Table, jointly proposed by Guangzhou and Chicago, will also be held here in Guangzhou. Mayors of many world cities will share their experience regarding economic development and seek to explore new means for economic cooperation between cities.
Another event worth-mentioning is the first-ever Fortune Brainstorm TECH International. It will be held in Guangzhou from December 5 to 6, this year and Guangzhou will remain the permanent venue for the event in the future.
An activity titled “Global Fortune Stories · 100 Guangdong Faces” was launched at the 100 day countdown lighting ceremony. Stories of Guangdong people creating wealth around the world will be published on Nanfang+, the premier news APP in Guangdong. [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
Invitation letters sent to CEOs
200 FGF messengers will write letters to CEOs of Fortune Global 500 enterprises, inviting them to attend the Forum.
Judy, a nine-year-old girl living in Guangzhou and an FGF messenger, wrote a letter to the Fortune 500 President Alan Murray on July 24, inviting him to visit beautiful Guangzhou and asking whether after the Forum, people “can get access to a larger variety of delicious food from all over the world of higher quality and lower price in Wal-Mart.”
Alan Murray wrote back to Judy today (August 28), thanking Judy for her cordial invitation and expressing that he is looking forward to meeting her in Guangzhou. Alan writes, however, that he can’t guarantee the Forum will mean lower prices at Judy’s local Wal-Mart, a matter which may have to be taken up directly with Greg Penner, Wal-Mart’s CEO, but he promises that they will “talk about ways global companies doing business in China can reach more customers and serve them better, and how Chinese companies can do the same in global markets.”