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Director visits Maryland to highlight
art and business opportunities

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay speaks at Goucher College.

Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) Steve Barclay spoke about the numerous job and study opportunities in Hong Kong, resulting from the many arts and culture developments that have occurred in recent years, during a visit to Maryland on July 27.

Speaking to a group of arts administration students at Goucher College in Baltimore, Mr. Barclay highlighted the city’s East meets West cultural mix and his office’s efforts in bringing Hong Kong films and performance groups to the U.S.

The Hong Kong government’s commitment to public participation in arts and culture, as well as its efforts in creating a conducive environment, are reflected in the numerous public installations and exhibitions that are brought to Hong Kong each year.

Indicative of the government’s continued drive, one focus of the recent visit to the U.S. by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was the possible collaboration between U.S. cultural institutions and Hong Kong’s developing West Kowloon Cultural District. The latter is set to be one of the largest integrated multi-arts complexes in the world.

Mr. Barclay also met with government officials and business leaders during the visit to discuss Hong Kong’s trade opportunities. They included Aisha Jones, acting director for the U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Maryland; Benjamin Wu, deputy secretary of commerce  for the Maryland Department of Commerce; and Brian Levine, vice president of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

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