Representative Scott Holcomb Visits Beijing

11.30.2012
Staff
Press Release

REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT HOLCOMB VISITS BEIJING

ATLANTA - November 30, 2012. Representative Scott Holcomb (D-DeKalb and Gwinnett) visited Beijing this week to deepen his understanding of China and to study international business. He visited the U.S. Embassy, met with officials from the State Department and Foreign Commercial Service, and toured the facilities of several American companies which have invested in China. Representative Holcomb made the trip as part of his studies with the Executive MBA program at the University of Georgia. The visit was paid for with personal funds.

"Visiting Beijing has been an eye-opening experience. I feel extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity. I've been focused on understanding the challenges and opportunities for American companies in China. I was impressed to learn about the efforts taken by Ambassador Gary Locke to increase bilateral investment between the two countries," said Representative Scott Holcomb.

"China is the second largest economy in the world, and growing. Its 1.3 billion people are a huge and rapidly evolving market. Chinese consumption affects the world market price of most manufactured trade goods and commodities. That influence is felt very directly in Georgia, particularly in our huge agriculture sector. We've got to have leaders with an understanding of China and with a sense for how to benefit from China's economic advances," said Representative Holcomb. "I am convinced that there are tremendous opportunities for Georgia's companies to export more products to China. A first step is to be sure that Georgia positions itself smartly, through the deepening of the Port of Savannah and other infrastructure improvements, so our businesses can successfully compete."

Representative Holcomb has a unique resume among Georgia's elected officials. In recent years, Holcomb has been, among other things, appointed a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and studied international relations at the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance. He is also a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a national security leadership institute which focuses on the effective use of American military, economic and cultural power.

Representative Holcomb was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and will hold a leadership position in the House Democratic Caucus in the upcoming legislative session.

Representative Holcomb's website is www.votescottholcomb.com and he can be reached through email at scott@repscottholcomb.com.



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