Chinese companies set up association in C. America to create wealth for locals
More than a dozen Chinese companies met in San Jose on August 14 to inaugurate the Association of Chinese Enterprises in Central America (ACECA).
As the only country in the region that has diplomatic relations with China, Costa Rica was chosen to be the headquarters of the association.
(Soundbite) Zhou Jingxiong, ACECA President
“The Chinese companies come to the region not for sharing the cake or taking the resources, but rather enlarging the cake and creating more wealth. The Chinese companies in Central America want to work together with the local community to create fortune and benefit each other.”
Chinese entrepreneurs expected to have a common voice and support each other within the framework of the association. They also hope to gain social recognition for their contribution to respective countries.
(Soundbite) Song Yanbin, Chinese Ambassador to Costa Rica
“The organization aims to support the companies to work actively. It also helps them to carry out their respective projects. Meanwhile, it can contribute to the China-Costa Rica friendship.”
The association covers Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
A total of 17 Chinese companies in sectors of infrastructure, petrochemicals, telecommunications, trade, high technology and manufacturing became the first batch of members of the association and approved its work plan for 2016.