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.