JSCA trip to China
Report March 19 – 29, 2018
March 19 – 21 Yingkou
Met with Mr. Chen, the Director of Yingkou Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ)
www.ykftz.gov.cn and officials of the Yingkou city foreign affairs department.
The PFTZ has five “clusters” of sectors for development:
A) Tourism, leisure, and health care.
B) Technology, research and development of emerging cluster.
C) Manufacturing transformation and upgrading demonstration area.
D) Modern logistics business.
E) Platform and headquarters economy areas.
They elaborated the five major advantages including:
policy, location, infrastructure, supporting and environment.
It appears to be a lot of potential business opportunities with our city.
We need to follow up, screening and identify the most suitable projects.
In particular “talents attraction” initiatives where our city might be
able to help and provide training, education collaboration models,
hospitals co-operations, senior citizen healthcare and rehabilitation,
unique products import from South America.
Visited Yingkou Central Hospital and held meetings with the key officials.
This is the primary care provider in the city which was opened business in
1858. The hospital has over 1200 employees with 38 clinical specialties and
over 2000 hospital beds. Especially hospital management with US counterparts.
The hospital hosted Mayo honorary chair Dr. Kent Seltman and former
VP Dr. Sylvester Sterioff in May 2017. In Oct. 1990, fiver months after
signing ceremony, JSCA president Duane Dubleton and Barnett Bank president,
Hugh Jones, visited Yingkou in Oct. 1990, discussing a medical team to perform
heart valve replacement for three children for as part of medical cooperation
Held meetings with Yingkou city Education officials and four “major” middle
and high schools. There are total 210K elementary and middle school
students. Every year, high school graduates admitted to the top
universities in China, many study in US after graduation from high school.
We also toured a middle school and received warmest welcome and very
deliberately prepared student programs. Joseph Bass was a star and
kids loved to communicate with him, asking questions and showing their
talents in music, drawing, painting, arts and other performances.
It was a blast!
We held meeting with key officials of Yingkou port, with 150 years of
history. The city of Yingkou has very similar geographic landscape as
Jacksonville – coast lines and connected with rivers. The port has
very similar operations as well – commodity goods, agricultural
products, and containers, automotive, liquids, raw materials, large
parts. Annual containers 6.3M versus Jacksonville of 450K.
March 22 Ningbo City
Director of Foreign Affairs Mr. Xu was leading
a delegation to Europe and departing from Shanghai in the evening.
We met with him in the afternoon and had a coffee for about half hour.
He was very experienced, articulate and helpful. While impressed by
Joseph’s fluent Chinese communication in conversations, he demonstrated
his own English skills with London School of economics education,
equally surprised us as well. He mentioned educational co-operations
and talents attraction and training. Joseph will follow up with
specific programs. March 25 Shaoxing We started by visiting Shaoxing
2nd hospital, which was founded by American missionary Francis Wayland
Goddard in 1910. Mr. Goddard came to Shaoxing in 1903 for Baptist
mission and provided medical treatment for local citizens.
The hospital has extensive exchanges with American healthcare and
medical communities including exchange programs in Harvard medical
school - Mass General hospital, Emory university medical school.
We were warmly welcomed by the hospital officials and being asked
for help in building a bridge and provide specific initiatives for
hospital doctors to conduct. research and exchange programs in
Jacksonville hospitals and medical community.We also shared the
rich medical resources in Jacksonville and would very much like to
conduct such programs.
We had a meeting with Shaoxing city healthcare officials
and four hospitals executives on a number of collaborative programs,
ranging from doctors’ exchange, used equipment donation, co-operations
on certain specialties and with specific hospitals. They were very
enthusiastic about such programs. We also met with city education
administrators and officials on students exchange program – “to forge
elite next generation leaders” and participate various activities from
mayor’s office, chamber of commerce, port, healthcare, sports and
entertainment, etc. at our city.
3/28 – 29 Suzhou
We began by visiting the port, which ranks 4th busiest worldwide
of 6M containers alone annually on a 16 km coast line. The port boosts
a three-dimensional layout with advanced management and operations.
The province GDP is in multiple trillion RMB level, and importing lumber
from Alaska and Canada, other raw materials from all over the world.
We also held meeting with city education officials and 3 major high
school principals and teachers, followed by touring two prestigious,
extremely well managed and administrated schools. Very, very impressed
by the curriculum's, teachers’ quality and school campus. The pinnacle
of the trip was to visit Suzhou hospital. Compared with the hundreds
of hospitals that I have been to in US, Europe, Asia and Middle East,
this one was not just great, it was luxurious. Very modern facility,
top notch doctors, well laid out. Just amazing. I had requested a
video clip to share. We’ll have a number of specific programs to follow up.
Current China Committee Members:
Dr. Xu Wenying, former provost, Jacksonville University
Dr. Xiang Xueyu, Embryology Lab director, Florida Institute for
Ms. Li Yan, Ponte Vedra High School Chinese teacher
Dr. Song Zuorui, Mayo Clinic registered perfusionist
Dr. Ouyang Ronghua, Dean of Department of Education at UNF
and Director of Confucius Institute
Grace Huang, President FHL International LLC
Le Fei, Deutsche Bank Analyst
Joseph Bass, Assistant of Managing director, Hans-Mills Corp.
Brenda Frinks, Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, President