The mayor of Ningbo City, China, Mao Guanglie, will be in Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to discuss business opportunities in his city during a 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. luncheon at the World Trade Center Atlanta.

“As the No. 1 container port in China, Ningbo represents a great opportunity for Georgia export companies,” said David Nour, managing partner of The Nour Group Inc. in Atlanta, who is one of Mr. Mao’s hosts while here.

Ningbo is located on China’s coast south of the Yangtze Delta. Its deep-sea port handles more than 200 million tons of cargo per year and is one of only a few harbors in China that can anchor vessels with cargo weighing up to 300,000 tons. It has trade relations with more than 600 ports in 100 countries and regions worldwide.

Ningbo, with $26 billion in trade volume last year, is China’s first and largest official economic and technical development zone. Industries located in Ningbo include bio- and information technology, household appliances manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, power generation and textiles.

Ningbo’s gross domestic product has grown at 14 percent per year for the past several years, and its trade volume surpassed $26 billion in 2004, an increase of almost 39 percent over 2003. Some 9,200 joint ventures had been setup by the end of 2004 with an investment volume of $37 billion.

Mr. Mao has served as mayor of Ningbo since January 2004. He was previously Mayor of Yiwu City and Jinhua City and was director general of the Ningbo province’s Geology and Mineral Resources Department, director of its Science and Technology Department and director of the Development and Planning Department of the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government.

Mr. Mao is being hosted by the Nour Group Inc. and Munson Contact Design Group Inc. RSVP for the luncheon with Heather Webster at (678) 528-3650 or