(Neb)-Neb Trade Delegation Off To Visit Japan And Vietnam
LINCOLN - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts leaves today a week-long trade mission to Vietnam and Japan aimed at boosting exports to those nations and attracting investments from them in Nebraska.
The Nebraska delegation also includes officials from several state agencies and representatives of several industry groups and individual businesses.
Ricketts says strengthening ties with Japan and Vietnam is of great strategic importance to Nebraska in light of the nation's current "trade challenges" with China. He believes the uncertainty of ongoing negotiations with China makes it wise for the state to look at expanding trade with other Asian nations.
The Japanese portion of the trip will be in Tokyo, where Ricketts plans to meet with Japanese governors, business federations, and food processing companies.
The delegation will also participate in a reception with Nebraskans who now live in Japan. Dubbed "friends of Nebraska," they serve as unofficial ambassadors to help promote the state there.
In Vietnam, the Nebraska delegation will meet with high-ranking government officials and sit down with local business leaders to discuss opportunities for partnership.
U-S Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink is Nebraska native and graduate of the Univ of Nebraska-Kearney, and Ricketts is looking forward to reconnecting with him.
Japan is Nebraska's top market for beef exports with $412.1-million dollars last year and its top direct international investor while Vietnam is one of the state's fastest-growing international partnerships. Nebraska beef exports to Vietnam jumped 127% last year.
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