Fireside Chat featuring Steve Barclay

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Thu, November 20, 2014 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Fireside Chat featuring Steve Barclay
442 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Hong Kong: Paradise or Purgatory - Separating Fact from Fiction

Mr. Steve Barclay was appointed Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York on August 5, 2014. He is responsible for promoting and strengthening the business, trade and cultural ties between Hong Kong and 31 eastern states of the United States.

Prior to the appointment, Mr. Barclay was Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney for four years until July 2014. Before then, he was a public sector reform advocate and internal management consultant in the Government’s Efficiency Unit for nearly a decade.

Mr. Barclay has served in a wide variety of posts within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, with policy responsibilities including consumer protection, intellectual property, housing, and environmental protection. He has served as a District Officer in Hong Kong and also as Hong Kong’s economic and commercial representative in Brussels. Mr. Barclay has twice been responsible for drafting the Chief Executive’s Policy Address.

Mr. Barclay first joined the Hong Kong Government as an Inspector in the Hong Kong Police in 1979. He transferred to the civil service in 1982.

Mr. Barclay is married with two adult children.

Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York
Set up in 1983, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York is the office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government tasked to promote and strengthen the economic and trade links between Hong Kong and the 31 eastern states of the USA.

As the world’s freest economy, Hong Kong is a leading international business and financial center, as well as a regional transportation and logistics hub. It is the gateway to China and remains a choice location for international companies to oversee and manage their regional operations.

Our office works with American businesses that are keen to invest in Hong Kong or gain a foothold in the burgeoning Mainland Chinese market through the territory. We are in close contact with state and city governments, think tanks, academia and the media to keep them abreast of latest developments on Hong Kong. Promotional events, such as dragon boat festivals and film festivals are also held regularly to enhance cultural ties with major cities on the east coast.

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