Americas CommitteeIncoming Visitors


Meeting on Utah Governor-led Trade Mission

Franz Kolb, Director of Trade and Diplomacy, State of Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Meg Harris, Trade Mission Manager, World Trade Center Utah, visited the Chamber on 15 July, where they were welcomed by Malcolm Ainsworth, Director for PR & Programs. The visitors informed the Chamber about a trade mission to Hong Kong in mid-September led by Utah Governor Gary Herbert. Both sides discussed possible areas for collaboration, including meetings, events and visits, that would be mutually beneficial for Utah delegates and Chamber members.


Official Warns of Violating US Sanctions

David Peyman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions, visited the Chamber on 29 May to increase awareness of US sanctions against Iran and North Korea. HKGCC’s CSI Committee Chairman Mark Michelson chaired the meeting, and members had a useful exchange with Peyman. He advised businesses to ask specific questions to their customers, such as “Do you have or have ever had any relationship, directly or directly with Iran?” He also advised businesses get their customers to sign legally-binding agreements to protect themselves. More information can be obtained via the OFAC website, including a searchable database of businesses, institutions, and individuals who are on the OFAC’s alert list.



Meeting with Mr Iain Black, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT)

Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, visited the Chamber on 26 February where he was welcomed by Americas Committee Chairman Steve Wong and members. Black introduced the Board and said that businesses in Vancouver hoped to use Hong Kong as a gateway to take advantage of the opportunities emerging from Belt and Road projects and in the Greater Bay Area.

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