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Date Posted: 18:22:00 10/15/14 Wed
Lt. Governor Owen leading trade, cultural and friendship mission to Shantou
Lt. Governor Brad Owen leaves early Thursday for Shantou, joining a group of Seattle area business leaders seeking to invite more trade with the city as part of the “Washington State Day in Shantou” event this weekend in the southeastern China city.
Miss Washington Kailee Dunn is one of the delegates on the mission to Shantou
A number of Washington educators are also joining the Owen-led delegation, including state schools Superintendent Randy Dorn, who is incorporating the stop in Shantou as part of a longer mission. Miss Washington Kailee Dunn, who was invited to attend by the Washington State Day in Shantou Committee, also will be along.
Lt. Governor Owen will join Shantou Mayor Zhen Renhao in giving opening remarks, along with Tan Tho Tien, president of the Seattle-Shantou Chamber of Commerce and Paul Baldwin, chief of the outreach unit of the U.S. Consulate in Shantou.
The lieutenant governor will also make a presentation highlighting several reasons to invest in Washington, followed by a presentation by Bill Stafford, past president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.
Dunn, a native of the Tri-Cities area and graduate of Eastern Washington University, will provide a detailed overview of Washington state agricultural products as part of her presentation on the second day of the event. She has also agreed to share her experiences on the lieutenant governor’s mission blog, “Overseas with Lt. Governor Brad Owen.”
Alan Burke, executive director of the Washington State School Directors Association will give an overview of Washington state education. Other presentations will focus on real estate investment and tourism. Exhibits showcasing Washington products and services will also be on display.
“This mission continues our state’s efforts to build stronger business, friendship and cultural ties with the Pacific Rim,” said Owen. As with his past missions, the lieutenant governor’s expenses are being covered by his hosts.
Located on the eastern coast of the Guangdong Province, Shantou is one of five so-called Special Economic Zones in China with more free-market oriented economic policies to encourage global trade. The city covers an area of 2,064 square kilometers (798 square miles) and has a resident population of about 5.5 million.
Washington State Day in Shantou is the third of a series of “Washington State Day” events organized in China to promote state exports. The earlier two were in 2005 and 2011, both in Yangzhou. The term “Washington State Day” was first coined by Jeffrey Pang, former chair of the Kent-Yangzhou Sister City Committee. Pang co-organized this week’s mission with Seattle area business woman May Wan.
Tours of schools and Shantou University are also on tap for the delegation on their final day in the city as the lieutenant governor always makes a point of visiting schools during his overseas missions.
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