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Renewing ties with the First State

In his first duty visit to Delaware (May 6-7), Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak, accompanied by HKETONY Director Joanne Chu, called on Governor John Carney, briefing him on the latest economic developments in Hong Kong and the vast opportunities for Delaware businesses in the Greater Bay Area, amid the city’s innovation and technology (I&T) push and steadfast intellectual property (IP) rights protection.

Delaware and Hong Kong have a lot in common, said Mr Mak during the meeting with Governor Carney, adding that both places offer business friendly environment with well-established legal and regulatory regimes. Delaware is famously known as the Incorporation Capital of America while Hong Kong is Asia’s leading business hub and has been ranked as the freest economy by third party endorsers including the Heritage Foundation.

Mr Mak pointed out that Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” arrangement, along its rule of law and independent judiciary, free market mechanism, makes it the ideal platform to connect the Mainland with the rest of the world. He added that with the Greater Bay Area (GBA) development set to unlock more opportunities, US businesses can leverage onHong Kong’s strengths in professional financial services and dispute resolution.

During the meeting with Mayor of Wilmington Michael Purzycki, they exchanged views on economic development and cultural exchange, agreeing that there would be huge room for cooperation, ranging from business and trade to arts and culture.

While in Wilmington, Commissioner Mak also met with the leadership of World Trade Center Delaware, the largest business association serving Delaware’s SMEs; Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the state’s economic development agency; and Port of Wilmington, one of the leading deep-water ports on the Eastern Seaboard. Discussions covered potential synergies between businesses in Hong Kong and Delaware, especially in the areas of trade, professional services, and I&T and future collaborations such as co-organizing business events to introduce GBA to Delaware businesses and to facilitate more Delaware firms to participation in Hong Kong’s trade fairs.

Director Chu also took the opportunity to visit Delaware College of Art and Design campus, and the Delaware Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the state’s design and creative industries and business landscape.

Hong Kong Commissioner to the US Eddie Mak (left) met with Delaware Governor John Carney.
Hong Kong Commissioner to the US Eddie Mak (left) met with Delaware Governor John Carney.
Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak (3rd right) and Director of NYETO Joanne Chu (3rd left) met with Delaware Prosperity Partnership’s President and CEO Kurt Foreman (1st left) and Co-Chair Rod Ward (2nd right).
Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak (3rd right) and Director of NYETO Joanne Chu (3rd left) met with Delaware Prosperity Partnership’s President and CEO Kurt Foreman (1st left) and Co-Chair Rod Ward (2nd right).
 
NYETO Director Joanne Chu (center) meets with Regional Business Manager, Division of Small Business, Delaware Department of State David Mathe (left) and Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s President Michael Quaranta (right).NYETO Director Joanne Chu (center) meets with Regional Business Manager, Division of Small Business, Delaware Department of State David Mathe (left) and Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s President Michael Quaranta (right).
NYETO Director Joanne Chu (right) met with Delaware College of Art and Design President Jean Dahlgren.
NYETO Director Joanne Chu (right) met with Delaware College of Art and Design President Jean Dahlgren.
 
Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak (2nd left), NYETO Director Joanne Chu (2nd right), NYETO Deputy Director Erica Lam (1st left) with Mayor of Wilmington Michael Purzycki (middle)
Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak (2nd left), NYETO Director Joanne Chu (2nd right), NYETO Deputy Director Erica Lam (1st left) with Mayor of Wilmington Michael Purzycki (middle)
Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak (3rd right) and NYETO Director Joanne Chu (2nd left) met with Port of Wilmington executives.
Hong Kong Commissioner Eddie Mak (3rd right) and NYETO Director Joanne Chu (2nd left) met with Port of Wilmington executives.
 
     
     
     



    
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