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Now Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to China. Ping Pong anyone?


Lieutenant Governor Halter to Represent Arkansas
At Global Economic Summit in Tianjin, China

LITTLE ROCK (September 22, 2008) -- Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter will represent Arkansas at an international summit of business, government and media leaders Thursday through Sunday in Tianjin, China.

The second Annual Meeting of the New Champions, organized by the World Economic Forum, will bring together more than 1,500 participants from over 80 countries.

"I am delighted for the opportunity to advance economic development in Arkansas by meeting these business leaders from around the world," Halter said.  "As home to the world's largest retailer, the world's largest meat producer and world's largest rice miller, Arkansas already is an international player.

"One of our challenges is bringing more high-tech industry and high-growth enterprises to the state," Halter added.  "My goal is to make contacts that move as further down the road."

The World Economic Forum is an independent international foundation dedicated to improving the state of the world by establishing partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The Geneva-based foundation has no ties to political, partisan or national interests, and is under the supervision of the government of Switzerland.

The Meeting of New Champions is also known as "Summer Davos," which is a reference to the annual winter meeting of the World Economic Forum in the resort village of Davos, Switzerland.

The participants at the Tianjin forum include chairmen and chief executive officers of some of the world's most-influential and fastest-growing companies; technology pioneers in the fields of energy, health care, biopharmaceutical research and communications technology; and educators and elected officials from fast-growing regions.

Halter will serve as a discussion leader for a Saturday session titled "Market Insight: North America," which will focus on what will signal a U.S. economic recovery and which industries will drive it.

The Lieutenant Governor has met with Maria Haley, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, about his trip to China. They will meet again after Halter returns.

Halter is scheduled to arrive in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Thursday and will fly back to Arkansas on Monday, Sept. 29.

Tianjin is about 70 miles east of Beijing.  The Meeting of Champions will take place at the Tianjin Binhai Convention and Exhibition Center.

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