Hong Kong delegation eyeing Mississippi - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Hong Kong delegation eyeing Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

China may be on the other side of the planet from Mississippi, but state leaders are hoping to bring the two places a little closer together economically.

"International trade, international business is a long term prospect," said Christensen.

Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen helped to welcome Hong Kong Commissioner Donald Tong to the Magnolia State Wednesday with the hope of selling the state as the place to do business.

"When you're trying to expand an economy like we are in Mississippi, it's not just domestic business that your trying to expand, it's international business," said Christensen.

Currently Hong Kong is the state's 26th largest trading partner. Christensen says with the Asian city's global position, that trade should be much higher. With the world's third busiest container port, Commissioner Tong say Hong Kong is an important launching platform for mainland Chinese companies to go oversees, to places like Mississippi.

"We know that you are very strong in agricultural products, in furniture, in chemical products and aerospace products. You're very strong in innovation technology. You also have some of the best research universities out here," said Tong.

Commissioner Tong says Mississippi businesses can even look to Hong Kong as an export destination for Mississippi made products.

"By going through Hong Kong, you can test your products in Hong Kong, which one will work better for example with clothing, which size and which color," said Tong.

Christensen says building those international relationships, both economically and culturally, can help to usher in business expansion but says it's not an overnight process.

"All that translates into more jobs, more and better jobs for the average Mississippian," said Christensen.

Christensen also presented a proclamation from the governor declaring Wednesday as Mississippi-Hong Kong day.

Copyright 2012 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Charges upgraded to murder in Gulfport attack

    Charges upgraded to murder in Gulfport attack

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 10:08 AM EDT2017-07-26 14:08:01 GMT
    James Christopher Woodard (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)James Christopher Woodard (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)

    A homeless man is now facing a charge of second degree murder for an attack that happened earlier this month in Gulfport. The upgraded charge against 31-year-old James Christopher Woodard comes after the victim died from his injuries.

    More >>

    A homeless man is now facing a charge of second degree murder for an attack that happened earlier this month in Gulfport. The upgraded charge against 31-year-old James Christopher Woodard comes after Ronald Spencer died from his injuries.

    More >>
  • Catching shrimp, crabs and other fish became easy today

    Catching shrimp, crabs and other fish became easy today

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:57 AM EDT2017-07-26 13:57:52 GMT
    Fishermen have a ball as fish wash up on the Gulfport shoreline (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Fishermen have a ball as fish wash up on the Gulfport shoreline (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    Is it a jubilee? Shrimp, crabs, and other fish started washing ashore Tuesday between Moses Pier and Urie Pier in Gulfport. A bait shop operator said the birds and pelicans in that area had quite a feast. On Wednesday morning, people had their coolers and their nets along the shoreline. They reeled in fish that appeared to be oxygen deprived.

    More >>

    Is it a jubilee? Shrimp, crabs, and other fish started washing ashore Tuesday between Moses Pier and Urie Pier in Gulfport. A bait shop operator said the birds and pelicans in that area had quite a feast. On Wednesday morning, people had their coolers and their nets along the shoreline. They reeled in fish that appeared to be oxygen deprived.

    More >>
  • Two people escape from burning Saucier home

    Two people escape from burning Saucier home

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-07-26 12:06:14 GMT
    An overnight fire burns down a home in Saucier. Two people escaped but need to be taken to the hospital (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)An overnight fire burns down a home in Saucier. Two people escaped but need to be taken to the hospital (Photo Source: Pat Sullivan)

    Two people ran from the burning home in the Saucier community overnight. First responders say the duo was inside the burning building long enough to breathe in too much smoke. AMR rushed both people to the hospital so they could be treated for smoke inhalation. By the time fire trucks arrived, flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the entire home. The trailer was a total loss. Sullivan says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

    More >>

    Two people ran from the burning home in the Saucier community overnight. First responders say the duo was inside the burning building long enough to breathe in too much smoke. AMR rushed both people to the hospital so they could be treated for smoke inhalation. By the time fire trucks arrived, flames and smoke could be seen pouring out of the entire home. The trailer was a total loss. Sullivan says the home did not have working smoke alarms.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly