Since 2008, Louisiana has ranked first in the U.S. in per capita foreign direct investment and China is the second largest investor in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Economic Development office. China is also the largest export market for Louisiana, with nearly $8 billion in exports in 2016, thus sustaining thousands of jobs related to trade with China.

In this context, the Confucius Institute will host the Louisiana – China Economic Forum on Tuesday, April 25, from 10:45 a.m. to noon in the Convocation Annex, Room 111. The forum will focus on trade policy and practices between Louisiana and China, job opportunities related to such trade, and the skill sets students need to have for those jobs.

Forum speakers include Dr. Jose Bautista, J.P. Morgan Chase Endowed Professor of Economics at Xavier’s Division of Business; Karl Turner, President of A La Carte Specialty Foods; and Teddy Lee, Managing Director of Gulf Marine Products, CEO of Wild Ocean China, and Board Member of the UC Finance (China). The event is free to students and the general public.

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