“Today Guangdong is a different world than when I first time came here. I've been very lucky to witness all of the development and to be a part of it,” said Dr. Harley Seyedin, president of AmCham South China.
When Seyedin became president, AmCham South China had just 211 members, while as of today, the number stands at more than 3,000 members.
Since 1991, Dr. Seyedin and AmCham South China have seen Guangdong’s change and its capacity to be a major player in development projects and global economy grow.
Guangzhou and Shenzhen ranked as the two most popular destinations for investment from a list of 44 cities in China, according to Special Report on the State of Business in South China released by AmCham South China in March this year.
Everything in Guangdong has changed
When Seyedin came to Guangzhou in 1991, the city looked quite small and many parts of today’s city did not yet exist. There was no Zhujiang New Town, just a few sports facilities in Tianhe District.
In the old Baiyun Airport, there were no signs that could tell you whether a flight was coming or leaving.
But people were still very happy and friendly. They were anticipating the explosive development to follow: “I could see people who were very excited about what we could do together,” said Seyedin.
At present, there are thousands of kilometers of super highways connecting cities and towns. The high speed railway now links Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
With the launch of Baiyun Airport’s T2, the city will handle a hundred million passengers a year, not to mention the airport in Shenzhen, which is an international airport of the highest quality. In regards to business, Guangdong is now the thirteen largest economy in the world. It has surprised many countries with a large GDP volume.
Also, people’s quality of life is steadily improving. A number of museums, opera houses, theaters and river walks are common now in every city across Guangdong.
The province is on its way up.