The Hampton Roads Chamber and the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads welcomed a group of dignitaries from South Korea on October 30, 2019. Larry Baucom, President, World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, said bringing Chamber leaders and members together with the delegates gave both sides the unique opening to discuss possible economic opportunities.
The group toured the Port of Virginia and held a question and answer session at the Town Point Club. Dawna Ellis of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate asked what the biggest hindrance is for Korean companies looking to do business in Hampton Roads. Young Han, from the US State Department, said: “Koreans do not know about these communities, and just making the original contact is difficult.”
The most visible export for Korea right now is K-Pop. These young musicians are helping to brand the country. Mr. Mark Tokota, Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute, said Korea does not have a brand. “None of our companies except Korean Air fly the Korean Flag. Many people don’t know what products come from Korea. We need to brand the country better."
The Hampton Road Chamber acts as an inspiring ignitor, impactful advocate, powerful economic partner, and regional collaborator. We mean business and are excited to bring opportunities like this to our members.