Publicity Show of the Council Members of Tianjin People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries——Tianjin Foreign Economic Cooperation Association
I. About AssociationFounded in November 2001 with the approval of relevant authorities of the Tianjin Municipal People’s Government, Tianjin Foreign Economic Cooperation Association (TFEA) is a social organization with a mission of serving foreign enterprises in economic cooperation settling in Tianjin, aiming at guiding, coordinating, supervising, and training related industries (for foreign investment and economic cooperation), boosting foreign cooperation and exchanges and promoting the development of foreign economic business among its members. It has retained the title of “Tianjin Advanced Social Organization” since 2015 and was rated as a “5A Social Organization” in January 2020. It operates under the guidance of national foreign economic and trade policies, the principle of helping enterprises “going abroad”, and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and according to the current practice of the international community. Centering on its duty of serving its member enterprises, it upholds the tenet of playing a bridging role to facilitate the development of Tianjin’s foreign economic cooperation through the following approaches: assist the government in strengthening and improving the management of international economic cooperation businesses such as foreign investment, foreign project contracting, labor cooperation, and foreign economic assistance, and building platforms to promote Tianjin’s economic cooperation with foreign countries.
II. International Exchanges and CooperationIn recent years, TFEA has held activities with the Department for International Trade of the British Embassy in Beijing, Royal Thai Embassy, Beijing, Thailand Board of Investment, and Embassy of Malaysia, Beijing; signed strategic cooperation agreements with the UK Tianjin Business Association; signed a memorandum of strategic cooperation with MCA Belt & Road Centre; and established connections with Beijing Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. Member enterprises have conducted foreign investment and economic cooperation business in dozens of countries and regions.
Over the years, TFEA aims to help its member enterprises “go abroad” and strengthen exchanges and cooperation with foreign enterprises in economy and trade, culture, public welfare, and charity. Its member enterprises, including China-Africa TEDA Investment Co., Ltd., Union Group, China Hyway Group Ltd. Angola, Tasly Group, China Railway Construction Bridge Engineering Bureau Group Co., Ltd., Tianjin Huakan Group Co., Ltd., and STECOL CORPORATION, have established international partnerships in Egypt, Cambodia, Angola, Malaysia, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. While creating economic benefits, they also value local people-to-people exchanges and bear social responsibilities.
From 2011 to 2015, TFEA undertook the investment promotion of the China-Egypt TEDA Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone, with a first-phase construction area of 1.34 square kilometers. It also carried out a dozen of promotion meetings in multiple provinces and cities, actively hosted overseas market promotion meetings, and organized the visit of overseas delegations in Tianjin. It is preparing the activity of Picture Show About Tianjin’s Involvement in the Belt and Road to advertise the achievements of member enterprises’ commitment to “going abroad” and co-building the BRI.
III. About Council Member’s Representative
Zhou Wenhuan, a member of the Communist Party of China, serves as the current president of the Association. She is also a member of the Party Committee of Tianjin Business Industry Social Organization and Secretary of the Party Branch of the Association. Since 2018, she has been in charge of the three major service platforms (information service, personnel training, and risk early warning) that support Tianjin’s enterprises to go abroad.