IITI Announces Conference Speakers

Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, LBJ School of Public Affairs David Firestein and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez to be Feature Speakers at IITI October Investor Matchmaking Conference

 LBJ School of Public Affair's David Firestein

LBJ School of Public Affair's David Firestein

News Release: September 5, 2018:

Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) announces Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin, LBJ School of Public Affairs’ China Public Policy Center David Firestein and Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez as feature speakers for IITI’s October 2018 Sino-Texas Business Forum. The October 17th-19th forum will be held at the Texas Capitol and U.T. Exes center.

Consul General Li is the top ranking Chinese Consulate in the U.S. under the China Ambassador to the United States. David Firestein is the Founding Executive Director of the LBJ School’s Center for Public Policy and one of the nation’s leading scholars in the U.S. and China trade relations. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is an eight-term state representative representing part of Austin, who serves on the Texas House Committee on State Affairs.

These speakers will talk about the current China and U.S. trade relations in respect to IITI’s primary mission of foreign Investor matchmaking. These new trade dynamics become an important factor when Texas businesses meet with Chinese investors looking for investment opportunities during the conference.

Firestein is a decorated career U.S. diplomat who specializes in U.S.-China relations. He played an active part in advancing China and Asia trade and has advanced policy analysis on a range of topics, including U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and U.S.-China infrastructure investment cooperation. 

Consul General Li is the 13th and current Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. His previous roles included being the Special Envoy to the Chinese Forum Dialogue and being the Chinese Ambassador to the Zambia, Uganda and Israel. One of his expertise in foreign relations is economic and trade affairs.

Texas State Representative Eddie Rodriguez serves on the House Committees on Economic & Small Business Development and Environmental Regulation. Rep. Rodriguez’ legislative agenda has addressed economic development, job creation, housing, education, hunger and nutrition.

Early bird registration for the conference ends September 27th and seating is limited. Register today to take advantage of the discounted fees to the conference.