Chinese consul general Peng Keyu to speak at Saint Martin's China Business Conference

Friday, April 2, 2004

Lacey - Ambassador Peng Keyu, consul general of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco, will be a keynote speaker at Saint Martin’s College’s April 9 conference, “The Timing is Right: Doing Business With China.”

Peng, who arrived at his new post earlier this year, served as ambassador to the Republic of Zambia before coming to the United States. He will join Washington Gov. Gary Locke and Joseph Borich, executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council, at the conference podium.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Saint Martin’s College Pavilion and Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey. Proceeds from conference fees will support Saint Martin’s College students participating in the College’s International Business Tour to China and Japan this summer.

The conference was planned to help Washington businesses - especially smaller businesses with fewer resources - plan for a future in which China plays a larger role in both business opportunities and threats. China, a country in dramatic economic transition, is projected to have the world’s largest economy by 2010. Because of the state’s geographic proximity and existing trade ties, area businesses are likely to experience great impacts.

“China is as impossible to ignore as the elephant in the closet,” said conference chairman Riley Moore, assistant professor of finance and economics at Saint Martin’s. “Whether you are enthusiastic about the idea of doing business with China or overwhelmed by it; whether you see opportunities or feel your business may be threatened by it, the economic reality is that China will continue to impact the United States. The conference is a chance for businesses to begin educating themselves.”

Moore said many of the region’s top experts have been drawn together to present information in such areas as logistics and financing to tax implications, export/import assistance, government assistance, protection of intellectual/artistic property and more. Presenters will be:

-Bill Dallas, international trade specialist, China and Europe, Washington State Department of Agriculture.

-Brendan Dugan, senior director, marketing and trade, Port of Tacoma.

-Warren Gross, managing director/president, Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington, a private non-profit established by the state legislature to assist small and medium-sized businesses in becoming more active in exporting.

-Davud Hager, J.D., attorney and counselor at law; mediator and conflict resolution consultant, business facilitator and executive coach. Hager has been a legal and government relations advisor for companies investing in China, as well as negotiator of agreements and dispute mediator with Chinese enterprises and government entities.

-Bill Hsu, J.D. and L.L.M., senior associate, International Tax and Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche.

-Francis Iwasawa, Asahi Iwasawa & Associates, in affiliation with Shinjuku Audit Corporation-Japan, whose accounting and management consulting firm helps some 150 Japanese businesses facilitate enterprises in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

-Darrek Jesse, R.P.E. founder and owner, Jesse Engineering Co., a shipyard machinery products firm that now does almost half its business with China.

-Young Oh, director, Tacoma Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service, ITA, DOC.

-Kari Qvigstad, director of marketing and business development, Port of Olympia.

-Sidney Rittenberg Sr., Rittenberg & Associates Inc., consultants for individuals, agencies and businesses doing business with China. Rittenberg, 81, a visiting professor of China studies at Pacific Lutheran University. From the ‘40s until 1977, he worked in China in several capacities and has known every Chinese leader since Zhou Enlai.

-Greg Shelton, assistant director, Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics Studies Program, University of Washington.

-Thomas Taylor, senior vice president and manager, overseas banking division, international banking group, U.S. Bank.

-David Wing, district sales manager, Expeditors International of Washington Inc., a Seattle-based company providing customized global logistics services.

-Tong Zhu, Greater China Program manager, Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, International Trade Division.

The conference is being presented by Saint Martin’s College School of Business and office of international programs in partnership with the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County; Economic Development Council of Thurston County; City of Lacey; Olympia-Thurston County Chamber of Commerce; ports of Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma; Tacoma U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Dept. of Commerce; Thurston County Economic Development Council; World Trade Center Tacoma; Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development; Washington State China Relations Council.

Sponsors are Venture Bank and Advance Travel, Seattle and Korean Airlines; Olympia Federal Savings; Port of Tacoma; Anchor Savings Bank; Port of Olympia; U.S. Bank; Bank of America; Port of Seattle; Sodexho; and Starbucks.

For more information about the conference, please call the college at 360-438-4504.

For more information:
Riley Moore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, finance and economics
360-438-4511; rmoore@stmartin.edu

Deanna Partlow, media relations coordinator
Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or dpartlow@stmartin.edu