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(Neb)-Ricketts Announces Sept Trade Mission To Vietnam, Japan

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/09/2019 10:33 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced an international trade mission in September to Japan and Vietnam. The trip is scheduled for Sept. 3-10 and will include stops in Hanoi and Tokyo.

     The delegation is expected to meet with Vietnamese government officials responsible for trade decisions, agricultural officials, and industry leaders currently using Nebraska products.
 
     Ricketts says Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and represents a tremendous opportunity to increase Nebraska's agricultural exports while Japan is one of the state's longest and most critical international partners.
 
     The state already has what could be a valuable asset in place in Hanoi -  U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink is a native of Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska in Kearney.

    State Ag Director Steve Wellman and his staff were in Vietnam last August 2018 to promote Nebraska agriculture and introduce Nebraska beef.

    The Governor's Council for International Relations had also named Vietnam as one of several countries that Nebraska should focus on to increase exports and identify new business opportunities.


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