REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor’s Hong Kong Dinner Welcome
October 9, 2017
Thank you very much for your kind introduction. I am honored to join you here in Hong Kong to promote the state of Oregon and celebrate the wonderful friendship we have developed with the people of and businesses of Hong Kong.
I want to thank the US Consul General Tong and Tara Joseph, President of AmCham Hong Kong for joining us this evening.
I’m also please to be joined by my husband, Dan Little. We had a chance to see a bit of this extraordinarily beautiful and dynamic city this afternoon – we definitely want to come back.
I sincerely appreciate the hospitality of Chairman Slosar and Cathay CEO Greg Hughes. I was incredibly impressed with the breadth of the Swire businesses and especially the Cathay air cargo facility we had a chance to tour this morning.
As a gateway in Asia, Hong Kong is one of the most important partners Oregon has in the global economy. The ties between Oregon, Hong Kong, Greater China, and Southeast Asia offer exciting new opportunities for growth and development.
In fact, they’re so exciting, John Motley with Columbia Sportswear flew in today from Shanghai to join us this evening-- I’m glad you could join us.
Tomorrow’s economy will challenge us to keep finding new ways to share the many talents and goods we have to offer each other—and seeing you all here I am confident that the future remains bright.
I hope you’ll visit Oregon soon. Portland, our most famous destination, offers a vibrant urban scene and world-renowned culinary reputation.
In Oregon, we make things. Innovative, useful, marketable – and in some cases, delicious – things. We are proud to share our uniquely-Oregon products with the rest of the world.
And lastly – as a toast: I want to thank Curtis Robinhold and his team with the Port of Portland for nurturing this relationship with Swire and Cathay Pacific – it will only reap greater benefits in the future for our trading relationship. With that – cheers.