The Silicon Valley Chinese American Computer & Commerce Association (SVCACA) has been continually active for the past 30 years, and is the oldest high-tech organization of its kind in Silicon Valley. SVCACA is comprised of hundreds of computer enterprises with thousands of employees and aggregate revenues in the billions of dollars.
In 1980, when the computer revolution was erupting in Silicon Valley, groups of Chinese science students brought computer technology back to Taiwan and began producing hardware to export back to the United States. Other groups of students many of whom are now members of the SVCACA seized the opportunity to import these products, assemble them into PC systems, and distribute all throughout the United States. This trade figured strongly in the growth of Taiwan as well as the general technological and economic developments of the United States.
SVCACA (formerly NBI National Business Information) was established for the purpose of enhancing our successes in the United States. We used the organization as a way of sharing information, pooling our resources and cooperating with one another in order to leverage our collective buying volume when dealing with our vendors, such as Microsoft, as well as with service companies such as UPS. We were also able to extend our influence through networking partnerships with sister organizations such as Southern California Chinese Computer Association (SCCCA) in Los Angeles, Computer Association of North America (CANA) in New York, and Western Canada Computer Distributor Society (WCCDS) in Canada.
Today, much of Taiwan's computer manufacturing operations have been moved to Mainland China. Our Association's relations have shifted alongside this trend. Our Association was the first high-tech organization to visit China. Since that initial visit, we have sent delegations to China virtually every year, several times per year. Due to our constant level of activity, we have established strong relations with associations, science parks, civil servants, and politicians in China. We have also helped to coordinate many investment forums in the United States, featuring Chinese delegations. Not only do we assist our members in doing business in China, we also assist them in science park projects and various other types of ventures.
We will continue to assist Chinese delegations and individuals in coming to visit the United States. We will also continue to assist our members in making connections in China. In addition, we will pay more attention to providing benefits to our members in order to help them fight against this bad economic situation.
Following the establishment of our offices in Mainland China (Beijing and Shenzhen), Hong Kong, and Taipei, our direction will be to continue connecting these three regions with the Silicon Valley, to bring them together as the "Four Regions on Two Coasts"(兩岸四地)”. Our mission is to provide a platform for Chinese professionals in the high-tech and related industries to come together in the spirit of business and communications.