Jordanian Businessman Rises in Yiwu
Every year around the Spring Festival, Mowan, a Jordanian businessman, is always extremely busy. He has to go on business trips, assist purchasers from different countries to place orders, and inspect goods at factories in Taizhou, Wenzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and at the Yiwu International Trade City.
Mowan got his start in 2002, when one of his relatives who did business in Yiwu made an overseas telephone call to Mowan. The relative wanted Mowan, a young and energetic man who could speak English, to come to Yiwu to help with his expanding business. At that time, Mowan, who had majored in animal health technology, owned a pet clinic in his hometown, which he had opened shortly after college graduation. Since his own business was not going well, he accepted the invitation from his relative.
After coming to Yiwu, Mowan soon realized that although helping with his relative’s business was only a temporary job, international trade would surely be his future career. At the time, Yiwu was speeding up the construction of the small commodities market. By the time the Yiwu International Trade City was built and put into operation, Mowan was already familiar with the entire process of international trade.
Over the next few years, more and more international purchasers came to Yiwu to buy goods. Among them, the proportion of businessmen from Arab countries was large. These Arab business contacts gave Mowan more opportunities to accumulate resources of suppliers and purchasers.
The financial crisis ignited by the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States weakened the European and American markets. The business of many international businessmen in Yiwu, including Mowan's, was affected. Facing the challenge of business transformation, Mowan disagreed with the company’s president and decided to leave and start his own business.
In 2008, Mowan set up his first foreign trade company in Yiwu and followed the trend of “mass entrepreneurship and innovation.” Mowan gradually accumulated a number of stable customers with his good faith and established a good reputation in the industry. Moreover, taking advantage of Yiwu’s information flow, Mowan constantly expanded new markets by looking for source goods and new opportunities. His business was booming. Later, Mowan’s wife and children also settled down in Yiwu.
Life in Yiwu is becoming more and more convenient. This is because supporting facilities such as hospitals and schools are exceptional, government departments’ functions are well-organized, and goods in the market are enriched.
“Doing business in Yiwu is safe and convenient,” said Mowan, “I like Yiwu. I want to stay here, and so do many other international businessmen. The Belt and Road Initiative brings us many opportunities.”
With an airport, railways, and the Comprehensive Free Trade Zone, Yiwu is increasingly open. In fact, Yiwu is one of the best examples of China’s expansion of an open policy with rest of the world.
After visiting the first China International Import Expo, Mowan had a bigger plan -- to expand his import and intermediary business from Yiwu to the world, relying on the open platform of the China Railway Express and the Yiwu Imported Commodities Mall. (By Huang Yujie, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Mariam Ayad)