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1/18/13 - Hong Kong trade commissioner visiting Jan. 23

The top U.S.-based trade representative from the commercial gateway to Asia speaks Wednesday [Jan. 23] at the Executive Lecture Forum in Jackson.

“Strengthening the Bond of Friendship, Investment and Trade Relations, and Cooperation between Hong Kong and the U.S.” is the title of a luncheon presentation by the Hon. Donald Tong, Hong Kong commissioner for economic and trade affairs USA. As with previous ELF events, the program takes place at the Fairview Inn (www.fairviewinn.com) in the historic Belhaven neighborhood.

Tong directs his government’s efforts in promoting economic and trade ties with the U.S. He also oversees the activities of three offices in Washington, New York and San Francisco.

The Janos Radvanyi Chair in International Security Studies at Mississippi State University coordinates the forum.

Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority are hosting Tong and the Hong Kong delegation during their visit to the state.

While ELF programs are not public events, interested members of the news media always are welcome. Reporters and others planning to cover the luncheon are asked to contact Tan Tsai, in advance, at 662-325-4062 or 325-8406.

Additionally, Tong will participate in a press conference after his luncheon speech.

Following his visit to Jackson, Tong will travel to Mississippi State’s main campus in Starkville where he will meet with senior administrators and researchers. He will also deliver a lecture to students titled "U.S.-Hong Kong Partnerships from Strength to Strength."

Free and open to all, the lecture takes place at 4 p.m. in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium. The Office of Research and Economic Development and the MSU International Institute are sponsoring the lecture. For additional information about it, please contact Lokesh Shivakumaraiah at ls10@msstate.edu or 662-325-8632.

A reception welcoming Tong to the Magnolia State hosted by the university and the Golden Triangle Development Link will be held after his lecture.

Invited guests from area businesses and industries, as well as local elected officials, will be able to learn more about developing partnerships with Hong Kong and other trade and investment opportunities during the evening event, according to Melvin Ray, MSU’s associate vice president for economic development.

During his visit to the land-grant institution, Tong will tour several research facilities, including the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, the MSU Energy Institute, the High Performance Computing Collaboratory and the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park.

On Thursday [Jan. 24], Tong will meet privately with business leaders during a luncheon hosted by the Golden Triangle Development Link at East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. He will be available to the media between 2:30-3:30 p.m. For interviews, please contact Min Xiong at min.xiong@sozonet.com or 202-431-2606.

Jim Laird | University Relations

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