European Union Ambassador to the United States Makes First Visit to Hawaii

The Ambassador will visit SKAI Ventures and TruTag Technologies, Inc. for a business roundtable discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship

Joao Vale de Almeida, the European Union Ambassador to the United States, will start his first visit to the State of Hawaii on October 10. While in Honolulu, the Ambassador will participate in a business roundtable at SKAI Ventures and TruTag Technologies to discuss the critical role of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“I’m looking forward to being the first European Union Ambassador to the United States to visit Hawaii, which, notwithstanding its location in the Pacific, has good reason to follow important developments in the transatlantic relationship as the European Union and the United States negotiate the world’s biggest free trade and investment partnership, known as TTIP,” said Joao Vale de Almeida, European Union Ambassador to the United States.

While in Honolulu, the Ambassador will also pay tribute to the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye for his service in Europe during World War II.  ‘The links between Europe and the Pacific Islands are strong,” said Ambassador Vale de Almeida, who is originally from Portugal. “While in Hawaii, I also hope to better understand the contribution of citizens of my own country and from all over Europe to life and culture in Hawaii. While much is said about the ‘pivot to Asia’, there is still much to celebrate in terms of European links to Hawaii.”

“We are honored to host Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida at SKAI Ventures and look forward to the discussions on the critical importance of innovation and entrepreneurship on a global scale,” said Dr. Hank Wuh, CEO of SKAI Ventures and Chairman of TruTag Technologies. “We are looking forward to showcasing companies at SKAI Ventures, including TruTag Technologies, Eyegenix, CBI Polymers, and others as we expand strategic relationships with our partners and customers in the European Union.”

Ambassador Vale de Almeida represents the 28 nation European Union to the United States. He presented his credentials to President Barack Obama in August 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was Director General of External Relations at the European Commission and played a key role in the creation of the EU’s External Action Service foreseen by the 2009 Lisbon Treaty.  He has also served as Chief of Staff, as well as G8 and G20 Sherpa, for European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

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