Snow plows, traffic lights and fire extinguishers are just a few of the products and services that the District of Columbia will help display at a trade show in Peking in October.
The upcoming trade show is the second phase of what Mayor Marion Barry has called a "major step toward making the District a world center for culture, international trade and finance."
The exchange between the two capitals is the result of a sister-city agreement signed by Barry and Peking officials in May.
After that, the Chinese government brought items ranging from carpets to baseball gloves to a trade show at the Washington Convention Center in September, which netted almost $20 million in contracts for American companies and $41 million for the Chinese.
In preparation for the upcoming show, members of D.C.'s Office of Economic Development have turned to the association community to help round up participants.
At the American Society of Association Executives headquarters here last week, Curtis McLinton, D.C.'s deputy mayor for economic development, met with a group of association executives and asked them to contact member companies and urge them to participate in the Peking show.
Associations that deal with law enforcement, highway safety, public works, heating and cooling appliances (because Peking is converting from coal to gas fuel in the near future) telecommunications, health care, electronics, optical and other manufacturing areas were asked to take part in the trade show.
Although the association community is acting only as an intermediary, Courtland Cox, a special assistant to the mayor, suggested that it may play a more integral part in the future.
Associations can offer knowledge of information management, which could become the District's foremost export commodity, he said.
A spokeswoman for ASAE agreed and said that she hoped that in the future, the District would call on associations to export information-management expertise and meeting planning skills. PROFESSIONAL
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