The director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco will visit Pierre on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to meet with Gov. Dennis Daugaard and other economic leaders.

Jeff Leung has directed the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco since August 2009. As a senior representative of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the U.S., Leung is responsible for strengthening the economic, trade, investment and cultural ties between Hong Kong and the western United States and assisting in investing, doing business or traveling in Hong Kong.

In addition to meeting with Daugaard while in Pierre, Leung will also visit with Commissioner Pat Costello of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Speaker of the House Brian Gosch; Senate President Pro Tempore Corey Brown; Executive Director Randy Englund of the South Dakota Wheat Commission; and Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill.

Leung also will speak at a luncheon co-organized with the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Hong Kong is the 10th largest export destination for American exports and is a top trade partner for South Dakota. Leung will meet with leaders to discuss the connection between South Dakota and Hong Kong, as well as the business ties between the two regions.

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