Wednesday, April 2
Our first meeting today was a breakfast with senior executives from PAX Technology Ltd. PAX manufactures electonic payment systems and software, including point of sale terminals and wireless products. The company counts among its customers China’s largest banks and businesses in over 20 countries.
PAX has an aggressive global expansion strategy, and is in the process of setting up its U.S. headquarters and sales operations office in Atlanta. The breakfast meeting gave us an opportunity to meet a member of the board of PAX’s parent company, Hi Sun Technology.
After breakfast we drove to Tsinghua University, which is considered the leading university in China. There we met briefly with members of the administration and faculty, including the Vice Dean of Engineering, who previously taught at Georgia Tech.
Governor Perdue and Dr. Arnett Mace, University of Georgia Provost, signed a formal partnership agreement between UGA and Tsinghua to promote educational and cultural exchanges. Then, Governor Perdue gave a guest lecture to a class of Tsinghua students as part of the university’s Global Vision Leadership lecture series.
The Governor’s lecture was entitled “Open for Business: The International Spotlight of the Olympic Games.” He provided the class and our hosts an overview of key successes and economic benefits that Atlanta and Georgia gained by hosting the 1996 Games.
In the years since Georgia hosted the 1996 Olympic Games:
I’m looking forward to joining Governor and Mrs. Perdue and members of the Georgia delegation tonight for a dinner hosted by Mme. Li Xiaolin, President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries