Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lt. Governor promotes Washington wine, meets with business leaders during trade mission to Hong Kong

Lt. Governor Owen, left, chats with Erich Kuss, director of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's trade office in Hong Kong,
(Photo courtesy of Andy Yip)
Lt. Governor Owen is in Hong Kong on a trade mission this week with the Hong Kong Association of Washington and representatives from eight Washington wineries.
He is attending a series of meetings to help promote Washington wine, which is increasingly in demand throughout Hong Kong and China, and is the lead speaker at a Washington wine news conference.
While the mission is focused on wine promotion, the lieutenant governor is conducting other business on behalf of the state while there too. He has a series of meetings with business leaders and government officials from Hong Kong and the U.S. to discuss bilateral trade, including a session with Simon Galpin, the director general of investment promotion for InvestHK and with Tom Cooney, deputy U.S. consul general for Hong Kong and Macau.
He will tour the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and visit the Aviation Services Research Centre at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which operates in partnership with the Boeing Company. He is also meeting privately with officials with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to “brainstorm” new trade opportunities. The lieutenant governor is traveling as a guest of the Hong Kong Association of Washington.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mission report now online

An extensive report detailing the lieutenant governor and his delegations' activities and accomplishment on their 2011 mission to Spain is now available for download, along with an introductory letter from Lt. Governor Owen.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Reception for Spanish students who attended summer camp in Seattle

A reception in honor of 60 Spanish students who attended in the "International Village" camp in Seattle in 2009, 2010 and 2011 included Lt. Governor Owen and his delegation and Juan Jose Mateo, the minister of education for Castilla y Leon.

You may read more about this meeting in the Spanish journal

English (web-translated) and Spanish.

Lt. Governor part of wine school exchange signing ceremony

Lt. Governor Owen and delegation continued their mission this week with a stop in the historic city of Valladolid, where the lieutenant governor took part in the signing of an agreement between Northwest Wine Academy (based at South Seattle Community College) and the International Kitchen School Fernando Perez de Valladolid.

The agreement will result in the establishment of a half-year course for wine stewardship at the school, running from January through June. The course will include 250 hours of instruction, 100 hours of work outside the class and a final project. The student judged to be the best will earn an all-expense paid, week-long trip to New York for additional training in "one of the best hotels" and play the "role of the ambassador of wines of Castilla and Leon."

The signing of this agreement was covered in the Spanish media.
English  Spanish

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lt. Governor tours technology institute

One of the stops on the Lt. Governor's trade and cultural mission to Spain was a visit to the Spanish National Communication Technology Institute (INTECO) in Leon.

According to a news release (Spanish) (English) issued by the institute and Spanish media coverage, the meeting was designed to establish closer relationships between the institute and Washington and to identify future collaborative projects, especially those that are related to technology.
Lt. Governor Owen and delegation tour INTECO.

Lt. Governor Owen receives a briefing about INTECO from its CEO, Victor Izquierdo

Lt. Governor Owen and delegation pose with officials from  INTECO and FGULEM,
a foundation associated with the University of Leon.


Friday, October 21, 2011

More media coverage from lieutenant governor's mission to Spain

Lt. Governor Owen continued his tour of Leon this week, drawing plenty of news media attention as he visited with dignitaries in education, research and business.

There is also coverage of the Lt. Governor's lecture, which he delivered in Spanish at two universities.

Here is a sampling of some of the media coverage, both in their original Spanish and translated via the Google web translation service. (Once more, please note that the English is not precise - we are supplying here for the benefit of our non-Spanish reading visitors to this site).


Spanish: "El bueno, el feo y el malo"

English: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"


Spanish: El Estado de Washington afianzará las relaciones empresariales con León

English: The State of Washington will strengthen business relations with Leon


Spanish: La Universidad de Washington inicia el curso con 15 alumnos de 600 previstos

English: Washington University started the course with 15 students of 600 planned

Leonoticias (includes video of a gifting exchange)

Spanish: León abre sus puertas para estrechar los vínculos comerciales con Washington

English: Leon opens its doors for closer trade ties with Washington

Lt. Governor Owen makes statement on ETA announcement to end of arms struggle


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lt. Governor 'pushes academic and business relations,' Spanish journal reports

An article in an online news journal published in León,, covers an announcement by Lt. Governor Owen of a nursing graduate exchange between the nursing programs at the University of Washington and Bellevue College and the University of León.

The article also discusses upcoming meetings between the lieutenant governor and business leaders in Spain in toward establishing closer business ties between Washington and Spain, especially in the technology and wine sectors.

Here is a link to the article in Spanish, or you can read it here in English courtesy of Google's electronic translation service (the translation may be less than precise but will give non-Spanish readers the general idea). Audio recordings of the lt. governor's remarks via a translator can be downloaded from the site as well.