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HKETONY director visits southeast United States

Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) Director Steve Barclay (right) calls on Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph S. Northam during a visit to the Old Dominion State on April 26.

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay (right) meets with North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest on April 27.

Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) Steve Barclay traveled to the southeastern states of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina from April 26-28 to highlight business opportunities and areas of mutual cooperation with local government and business leaders.

Mr. Barclay called on Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph S. Northam, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and Greenville, S.C., Vice Mayor Pro Tem Gaye Sprague during his three-day visit to the region.

In Richmond, Va., Mr. Barclay also met with representatives from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and Richmond Economic and Community Development. In North Carolina, he met with representatives of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

Mr. Barclay also spoke to students at Virginia Commonwealth University and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business about Hong Kong’s business and economic prospects, including the city’s focus on innovation and technology and its status as one of the world’s most popular startup hubs. He also emphasized the city’s study opportunities, including the PhD Fellowship program.

Speaking at an April 28 luncheon hosted by the Upstate South Carolina Alliance, Mr. Barclay highlighted Hong Kong’s role as a gateway and “super-connector” to mainland China and the rest of Asia. He encouraged investors and businesses to take advantage of the resources that Hong Kong has to offer as they expand in China and the Asia Pacific region. He also answered questions about the constitutional development of the city under the Basic Law and "One Country, Two Systems" principle.

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay (left) speaks with Vice Mayor Pro Tem Gaye Sprague (center) of Greenville, S.C., and Business Development Manager of Greenville Economic Development Michael T. Panasko, on April 28.
HKETONY Director Steve Barclay (standing at far right) talks to business professionals during a luncheon hosted by the Upstate South Carolina Alliance.


 


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