September 17-24, 2011
SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation
In a visit designed to enhance economic cooperation and greater understanding between states belonging to the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG), the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and China, a delegation of SLC state presiding officers, including Alabama Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston, Arkansas Speaker Robert S. Moore, Jr. and North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, recently travelled to China. The visit was sponsored by the Hong Kong-based China-U.S. Exchange Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) with the Atlanta-based SLC, coordinating and organizing the trip’s details. The 2011 delegation visit was the third consecutive year that the SLC had coordinated a visit to China by SLC presiding officers. Both in fall 2009 and 2010, two SLC presiding officer delegations from a total of eight Southern states had very successful visits to Beijing and Shanghai.