Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will visit China next month, leading a delegation of business and civic leaders looking for partnership opportunities in areas such as education and biotechnology.
While final details are still being worked out, Leggett’s group is scheduled to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Benxi and Xi’an, the county’s newest “sister city.” The trip, set for Sept. 15-25, has been jointly organized by the county, the Maryland China Business Council and the state of Maryland’s trade and investment office in Shanghai, which will help with roundtables and other contacts.
The Chinese investment footprint in Montgomery is small, but it’s one that officials would like to expand.
“We are visitors from Montgomery County interested in finding the right partners and learning about market opportunities to advance business ties,” said Lily Qi, a Leggett aide for special projects.
Leggett is scheduled to host a reception for the business community in Shanghai. The group will also visit the Zhangjiang biotech and pharmaceutical park, known as “Drug Valley.” In Benxi, a city in the northeast near the provincial capital of Shenyang, the delegation will learn about the massive medical complex planned by the central government called “China Medicine Capital.”