USSPA Christmas Lunch Party was held at the Park
Lane Hotel and attended by 30 plus members, staff, and alumni.
USSPA participated at the World SME Expo organized
by the Hong Kong Trade
Development Council at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
and members' materials and publications were on display. Participating
members: California Association, Georgia Ports of Authority,
Idaho ¡V Asia Trade Office, State of Illinois, Port of Los Angeles,
New Mexico Taiwan Office, Port Authority of New York & New
Jersey, and State
USSPA hosted a farewell lunch in honor Mr.
Barry Friedman, Chief Commercial Consul, at the Brasserie On
The Eighth before his departure to Washington. Also presented
during the farewell lunch are Mr. Mark Bayuk, Export Control
Attache; Mrs. Anna Lai, Deputy Executive Director of Trade
Development Council; and Mr. Dien T. Ly, Vice Consul, Commercial
(from left to right: Shirley Co, Mrs. Anna Lai, Mr. Barry Friedman
and Mr. Edward Yau)
A meeting with Mr. Craig Allen, Minister-Counselor
for Commercial Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, was
held at the USFCS Hong Kong office to discuss ways to improve
working relationship with his office to promote Greater China.
Members of USSPA attended the CEPA Business Development
Centre Opening Ceremony and the CEPA Trade Industry Forum. USSPA
is one of the supporting organizations for this event.
USSPA hosted a luncheon at the New Dynasty
Scenic Restaurant honoring the Guangdong Delegation headed
by Mr. WENG Wen-xiang, President of China Council for the Promotion
of International Trade (CCPIT) - Guangzhou Sub-Council / China
Chamber of International Commerce Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce.
Discussions including co-organizing a Trade & Investment
Seminar in Guangzhou scheduled in September 2004. Details to
be announced later.
The USSPA and the Hong Kong Trade Development
Council co-organized the ¡§Hong Kong & the U.S.: Partnership
for Success¡¨ Seminar on September 30, 2003. Supported by US
Foreign Commercial Service, US Consulate, this seminar provided
business information about the U.S. market and potential partnership
opportunities with U.S. companies.
Running concurrently with the Seminar (from 10:00 am) was
a Catalogue Showcase in which a number of product catalogues
from U.S companies were displayed.
The seminar and catalogue
showcase attracted over 100 local & overseas
A meeting was held at the Commerce, Industry
and Technology Bureau's office to meet with
Miss Jacqueline Willis, Commissioner for Economic and Trade
Affairs, USA; Ms. Sarah Wu, Director, Hong Kong Economic and
New York and Miss Anita Tang, Director, Hong Kong Economic
and Trade Affairs, San Francisco. The meeting was arranged
Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau. 13 members attended.
USSPA hosted a lunch meeting with Hon. Henry
Tang (ð^¦~), Secretary for Commerce, Industry & Technology Bureau.
14 members attended the program. This unofficial event provided
an opportunity for us to explore bilateral co-operation between
Hong Kong SAR Government and USSPA in promoting trade and investment
between the United States and Hong Kong.
USSPA participated at the SME Market Day organized
by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Hong Kong
Convention and Exhibition Centre. USSPA and members' materials
were on display. Participating members: State of California,
Georgia Ports Authority, Port of Los Angeles, State of Iowa,
Port of Long Beach, Port Authority NY & NJ, State of North
Carolina, Port of Tacoma, State of Illinois, State of Ohio.
||The Executive Committee led a 7-members USSPA
Delegation to Sanxiang, Zhongshan in Guangdong to explore business
opportunities for U.S. companies. Ms. Lu Rui Fen, Town-Governor
of Sanxiang commissioned the visiting USSPA members as their Economic
Development Advisors. The visit was covered by local television
||USSPA hosted a luncheon reception at the New
Dynasty Scenic Restaurant honoring the Guangdong Delegation headed
by Mr. Xiao Jinzhe, V.P. of Guangdong People's Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries and explored co-operation in
establishing taxation training program for Chinese officials.
Mr. Xiao also provided us with information on business climiate
in Heyuen and updated members the current status of the new Guangzhou
Baiyun Airport. The USSPA annual election and bi-monthly meeting
was held after the reception. Shirley Co was elected as the President.
Also elected were Edward Yau as Vice President/Secretary and
Salina Wong as Treasurer/Port Coordinator.
||The Executive Committee led a 10-members USSPA
delegation to visit Guangzhou and met with Director Huang Ziqiang
of Guangdong Foreign Affairs Office, Consul General John J. Norris,
Jr, American Consulate General in Guangzhou and Director-General
Huang Guosheng of Guangzhou Harbor Bureau to discuss co-operations
in promoting trade, investment, education/training, U.S. port
facilities in South China.