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International TRADE

City of Sacramento MOU Signing

Since 2012, the City of Sacramento has enjoyed a special commercial and cultural relationship with the City of Chongqing. With a population of 33 million, Chongqing is a major industrial center and transportation hub on the Yangtze River in southwest China.

The Sacramento-Chongqing link was forged on August 14, 2012, when the Sacramento City Council passed a resolution ratifying a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission (COFTEC).

That MOU memorializes the mutual desire of the City of Sacramento and COFTEC to seek a strategic partnership leading to a mutually beneficially collaboration in a variety of areas including but not limited to clean-energy technology, food safety, and education.

To implement the MOU and to facilitate direct contacts between businesses, educational institutions and public officials in the respective cities, the City of Sacramento opened a Sacramento Trade and Education Office in Chongqing in May 2013. Since then, the office has arranged visits to Sacramento by several delegations of business leaders and government officials from Chongqing.  The objective of the international collaboration between the Sacramento economy and Chongqing are consistent with the goals outlined in the Northern California World Trade Center's Capital Region Export Plan.


The Chongqing Trade & Education Office of the City of Sacramento 

Economic Development Department and the California-Chongqing Trade and Commerce Organization (CACQ). Its purpose is to build lasting commercial and cultural links between Chongqing and the Greater Sacramento region by fostering face-to-face exchanges between businesses, educational institutions, and public officials in the respective municipalities.

The office has three primary functions:

  • Identify and develop market opportunities in Chongqing and throughout southwest China for goods and services produced in the Greater Sacramento region;
  • Attract Chinese investment to job-creating projects in the Greater Sacramento region; and
  • Facilitate educational and cultural exchanges, including the enrollment of qualified Chinese students at colleges and universities throughout the Greater Sacramento region.

Visit the International Events page for more information on upcoming dates.


Partners and resources

The City of Sacramento's Economic Development Department works with numerous partners, organizations and institutions on international matters.  They include:





Sabrina Tefft, Project Manager,, 916-808-3789