LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley will transport to Japan in Sep for back-to-back missions to foster unfamiliar trade and investment, a administrator announced Thursday.
Foley will lead a commission Sept. 9-11 to foster Nebraska’s beef and pig products in a country, that is Nebraska’s largest trade partner.
Ricketts will lead a apart commission of state business leaders to a annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, from Sept. 12-16. Ricketts will residence a discussion on Sept. 14.
“This is a ideal event to continue building on a stream relations and reaffirm a joining as a pivotal actor in Japan and a universe marketplace,” Ricketts said.
Ricketts pronounced a Japan continues to be one of Nebraska’s tip trade business and business investors. Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, executive of a Nebraska Department of Economic Development, will join a governor’s trade goal to accommodate with companies and find networking opportunities.
The discussion will embody about 300 tip attention and supervision officials, with speakers from a United State and Japan. Top executives from Sony, Mitsubishi, Toshiba Corp., Toyota and other Japanese companies attend in a discussion any year.
The trade goal is a second of a governor’s administration. Ricketts trafficked in Jun to Italy, Belgium and Denmark to foster a state.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is organizing a initial partial of a trade goal led by Foley. The organisation will accommodate with retailers, distributors, importers and restaurateurs in Tokyo, and attend in several promotional events sponsored by a U.S. Meat Export Federation. The commission will also accommodate with food bloggers and media members to foster Nebraska’s offerings.
“These folks are rarely successful in consumer purchasing decisions in Japan, so it’s critical to have a approach dialogue,” Ricketts said.
More than 20 percent of Nebraska’s beef exports and some-more than 50 percent of a state’s pig exports finish adult in Japan, a governor’s bureau pronounced in a news release. In 2014, Nebraska’s beef exports to Japan reached a $276 million symbol while pig exports totaled $235 million.
Japan is Nebraska’s third largest trade market. Nebraska posted sell exports of some-more than $735 million to Japan in 2014, representing 9.3 percent of a state’s sum sell exports.
“We don’t wish to take a marketplace for granted,” pronounced Greg Ibach, executive of a Nebraska Department of Agriculture. “There is room to grow a marketplace share, though we contingency keep in mind that a competitors are perplexing to do a same thing.”