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About WCBN

WCBN is a comprehensive online business information network linking ethnic Chinese enterprises and executives all over the world. The bilingual online networking website provides data on Chinese enterprises and corporations in over 120 countries and regions.

WCBN was developed by the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) in December 1995 and in October 1999, an enhanced WCBN was launched at the 5th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention with a brand-new design.

As an initiative to improve on the services of WCBN and make it more user-friendly, SCCCI has redeveloped the website and added new features. Users can expect easier access to the vast information available in the database. Besides allowing users to key in simple keywords to search for Chinese enterprises / business associations, potential business partners, trade opportunities and business events that are of interest to them, the newly introduced products and services classifications serve as another avenue to carry out your search more easily and efficiently.



History
The idea for setting up WCBN first arose in 1993, when Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew suggested at the Second WCEC in Hong Kong that networking of ethnic Chinese businesses worldwide be made efficient by providing data on these businesses through the Internet. On December 8 1995, the SCCCI launched the project after months of preparations.

Collaboration with Alibaba.com
SCCCI and Alibaba.com, a leading operator of e-marketplace platforms for businesses engaged in export and domestic trade, jointly developed and launched an e-Marketplace site in February 2002. As a B2B e-commerce platform base for the Chinese business community worldwide, e-Marketplace aims to provide information to facilitate B2B exchange globally, combine B2B features and regional economic characteristics requirements, thereby providing suitable products and services.

Features of the bilingual co-branded site include trade leads, product catalogue, company listing, China supplier, etc. In addition, users are also able to view and create trade leads and company profiles. Users of the site will sign up as members of WCBN and Alibaba.com and thus be entitled to use the features of the site.



Content and Features of WCBN
WCBN is characterised by the following 3 main categories:

  • Chinese Companies
    An extensive listing of ethnic Chinese enterprises from Argentina to Zimbabwe which includes e-mail and website addresses for direct access to facilitate business networking.

  • Chinese Business Associations
    A principal compilation of the main Chinese Chambers and Chinese Business Associations found in all parts of the world.

  • Global Trade Opportunities
    This category is not restricted to ethnic Chinese companies but will list all trade opportunities available from different countries and regions.

    WCBN gathers corporate information on ethnic Chinese enterprises straddling the whole world within one single platform. Access to the database is facilitated through simple keyword search or through product and service classifications.


  • Ongoing Development
    WCBN is poised to serve the needs of the global business community. You can expect to see new additions to the database daily. New records and products & services classifications will be introduced and announced over the WCBN homepage. Besides, with the launch of the e-Marketplace, WCBN is moving closer to its aim of evolving into a platform for e-commerce activities and virtual business communities, and becoming the definitive website to source for Chinese enterprises and organisations worldwide.


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