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Gov. Ricketts’ Inaugural Asia Trade Mission Concludes

Audio of the Governor’s comments below can be found here.

This is the final update from the Governor’s first trade mission to China and Japan.

BEIJING, CHINA – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts concluded his inaugural trade mission to Asia after joining Japanese and American governors for the 47th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, Japan and meetings with top leadership in Beijing, China.

In Tokyo, the Governor addressed the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, highlighted Nebraska’s pro-business climate to Japanese executives, and met with Japanese businesses that already invest in Nebraska to talk about how the state can continue to grow investment from Japan.

“Japan is Nebraska’s largest foreign investor, and it is important that Nebraska continues to grow this relationship,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “This week’s activities have allowed us to discuss how we can build on existing relationships, and to thank some of the numerous businesses who invest in our state.”

On Friday in Beijing, the Governor met with top officials from the ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, and Foreign Affairs as well as the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. 

“International trade is vital to the state’s economy,” said Gov. Ricketts. “By encouraging more trade in both directions, we help grow Nebraska.  I expressed to our Chinese partners our desire to see increased engagement between Nebraska and China.  China is already an important partner for the state, and we want to build on that relationship.”

ICYMI: Video update from Gov. Ricketts in Beijing

During these introductory meetings, he emphasized that China is Nebraska’s fourth-largest trading partner and one of its fastest-growing export markets, which has more than doubled in size during the past five years.  He also highlighted efforts to deepen the relationship between Nebraska and China and how Nebraska companies doing business in China are working with Shaanxi Province and the Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Industries Demonstration Zone to establish a marketing platform and training center for agricultural machinery manufacturers, one of Nebraska’s top industries.

On Saturday morning in Beijing, Gov. Ricketts met with the executive team of a major Chinese biotech firm.  The firm produces high performance polymers and adhesives and is interested in expanding its presence in the United States.

Today, the Governor and his team return to the United States.




The Governor’s official portrait is available here.

About the Governor’s Trade Mission

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ trade mission to Japan and China runs September 12-19, 2015.  This is the Governor’s second trade mission of his administration and first trade mission to Asia.  During the mission, Governor Ricketts will meet with government officials and companies that invest in Nebraska.  Japan is Nebraska’s largest foreign direct investor.  Japan and China are Nebraska’s second and third largest trading markets respectively.

Follow the Governor’s Trade Mission on Social Media

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