Business Leaders to Discuss Collaborative Chinese-U.S. Economic Opportunities

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Chinese Association for Science & Technology Holds National Conference in Pittsburgh

The magnitude of the U.S.-China trade relationship will be on display at the 18th Annual Chinese Association for Science & Technology (CAST-USA) National Convention, May 29-30 in Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Hall. Business development and collaboration opportunities will be a key focus of the conference.

U.S.-China trade has exploded from $5 billion in 1980 to $409 billion in 2008, an amount equal to the entire gross domestic product of Sweden. The CAST-USA convention will examine rapidly emerging opportunities for both countries to collaborate on science and technology initiatives.

“Approximately 12 percent of total U.S. global trade is now with China,” said Frank Li, president of the CAST-Pittsburgh Chapter, this year’s host of the event. “Given its impressive story of transformation, Pittsburgh was chosen to host the conference where a representative sample of U.S.-China commerce can convene and discuss ideas to improve not only economic relations but our ability to work together.

“There are many unique opportunities for Chinese-U.S. collaboration, and this year’s convention will focus on them.”

Conference attendees will hear successful stories of collaboration and innovation from Chinese-American business leaders in multiple sectors, including medical sciences, biotechnologies, energy and emerging materials.

“Over the next decade, we see tremendous potential in information technology in China, particularly within the government sector,” said Xiaoyan Zhang, a conference speaker who is also president and CEO of KIT Solutions, a Pittsburgh-based information technology company. “Chinese and American government agencies each face unique challenges when it comes to managing data, but cloud computing and web-based, real-time decision support systems will better enable data collection, management, integration and consolidation for improved decision making.

“The CAST-USA convention will give us good additional insight into other unique opportunities to collaborate and do business here and in China.”

In addition to KIT Solutions, other Pittsburgh and Chinese companies that will present at the convention include Tianjin New Century Refractories, ALung Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience.

About Chinese Association for Science & Technology
CAST-USA was established in 1992 and is a nationwide Chinese-American professional organization in the United States. The primary purpose of CAST-USA is to promote a stronger partnership between the United States and China in sciences and technology exchange and business development. The CAST-Pittsburgh Chapter is among the most active chapters of CAST-USA. For more information, visit

About KIT Solutions
KIT Solutions, based in Pittsburgh, provides real-time, data-driven decision support service with Knowledge-based Information Technology (KIT) to health and human service sector agencies across the United States. KIT Solutions delivers Software as a Service (SaaS) over the Internet through dashboards, scorecards, and GIS mapping. This enables clients to cost effectively manage social service programs by helping them better measure impact and performance outcomes, improve decision making based on increased knowledge, implement best practices, and track funding and satisfy grant reporting. Since its founding 13 years ago, KIT Solutions has grown to more than 70 employees and its clients include several federal agencies and state and local agencies in 17 states, including California and New York. More than 15,000 social service professionals use KIT Solutions’ on-line data service daily in more than 2,400 agencies and provider organizations across the nation, enabling them to turn information fragmentation and overload into actionable intelligence. For more information, visit


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