Hong Kong trade chief wants more green good from Oregon
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The U.S. trade commissioner to Hong Kong is bullish on the future of Brammo's electric motorcycles.
The U.S. trade commissioner to Hong Kong is bullish on Oregon’s electronics, agriculture products and, in particular, the state’s wine production.
Donald Tong, the Washington, D.C.-based Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, also told state and city officials during a visit this week that Oregon has vast exporting opportunities in the sustainable product realm. During a Friday interview in which he reviewed his visit, Tong mentioned one high-flying green Oregon manufacturer by name.
“As Hong Kong gets more environmentally conscious, we’re looking for companies like Brammo.com (the Ashland-based electric motorcycle maker) to send more products there,” said Tong. “Hong Kong remains an important environmental market, so we’re looking for more energy building materials. There are a lot of good prospects for Oregon there.”
Brammo initiated a contract with the government of Hong Kong last year to provide electric motorcycles to the Hong Kong Police Force.
Tong joined the Hong Kong trade office in 2008.
Tong met with a bevy of leaders from government, including Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Portland Development Commission Executive Director Patrick Quinton, and business. He and Portland Business Alliance President and CEO Sandra McDonough talked about exports. He also spoke at a luncheon co-organized by the World Affairs Council of Oregon.
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