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HKETONY promotes 'super-connector' role in Iowa and Missouri

Director Steve Barclay (right) calls on Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds.

Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) Steve Barclay traveled to Missouri and Iowa in mid-November, making his first official visit to each state.

The visits were a collaborative exchange to explore how Hong Kong could help enterprises in both states expand business to China and the rest of the Asia Pacific region. Kicking off his visit to the Hawkeye State on November 19, Mr. Barclay met with Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, exchanging views on helping Iowa businesses expand to the region via Hong Kong. 

While in Des Moines, Mr. Barclay also met with marketing managers Kathy Hill and Joseph Rude at the International Trade Office of Iowa Economic Development Authority​. 

Addressing members of the business and trade community at a luncheon organized by the Greater Des Moines Partnership​, Mr. Barclay highlighted Hong Kong’s role as a “super-connector” and pointed out that Hong Kong is a market that influences mainland China and the world. He encouraged Iowa businesses to tap resources in Hong Kong as they develop and grow in China and the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Barclay highlighted Hong Kong's "super-connector" role at a luncheon in Des Moines, Iowa.

Addressing students at Drake University, Mr. Barclay highlighted work and study opportunities in Hong Kong.

Representatives from government and business sectors attend the November 20 luncheon in Jefferson City, Mo., hosted by presiding Commissioner of Cole County Sam Bushman and Mayor Carrie Tergin.

Mr. Barclay also spoke to students and faculty at Drake University​ on “Hong Kong as the Gateway to China” and highlighted work and study opportunities in Hong Kong.

U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (right) attends the November 20 special luncheon presentation by Mr. Barclay.

In Jefferson City, Mo., on November 20, Mr. Barclay gave a special presentation at a luncheon hosted by presiding Commissioner of Cole County Sam Bushman and Mayor Carrie Tergin. About 40 people from government and business sectors were in attendance, including U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill as well as presiding commissioners from Callaway County and Osage County, and city council members. Mr. Barclay discussed trade opportunities for companies in the Show-Me State and Hong Kong’s unique “superconnector” role. Hong Kong is Missouri’s seventh-largest Asian export destination.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Barclay met with Ann Pardalos, director of trade at Missouri’s Department of Economic Development, to discuss areas of mutual cooperation. In the afternoon, Mr. Barclay met Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in St. Louis, where they discussed future collaborations to foster closer ties between Hong Kong and Missouri.


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