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Governor Kitzhaber leads business mission to China, Hong Kong, and Japan

Public-private sector group to pursue export opportunities for Oregon companies as well
as inbound investment
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber departs Portland International Airport on Sunday along with a public-private delegation of economic development leaders to promote Oregon products and attract investment back into the state. 
The delegation will visit Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kyoto and Tokyo during the ten-day mission October 14 through October 24.
“Global markets provide new revenue opportunities to grow Oregon companies back here at home,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Our location on the Pacific Rim and longstanding relationships with Asian countries provide a competitive advantage that these trips are invaluable in leveraging.”
The Governor will be promoting Oregon agricultural products; touting Oregon’s expertise in green building and clean technology; checking in with companies doing business in Oregon; promoting Oregon tourism; growing government to government relationships; promoting Oregon’s ports; and exploring new opportunities for Asian businesses to expand into Oregon.
Oregon's exports to Asia remain a critical component of the state's economy with international trade growing to over $18 billion in foreign sales last year. China is currently one of Oregon's largest trading partners with $1.6 billion in exports from Oregon during the first eight months of 2012. Meanwhile, Japan remains the most important export market for the state's agricultural products.
Governor Kitzhaber’s Public Schedule (subject to change): 
Sunday, October 14

Depart Portland for Shanghai, China

Monday, October 15, Shanghai, China
Continue travel to Shanghai, China

Tuesday, October 16, Shanghai, China
9:00 am
Oregon Agricultural Delegation Welcome and Country Briefing
10:30 am
COSCO Shipping Meeting and Lunch
4:00 pm
Oregon Tourism Media Roundtable

Wednesday, October 17, Shanghai, China
9:30 am
Tour of Chinese Academy of Sciences
2:30 pm
Green Building Seminar
3:00 pm
Doing Business In Oregon Presentation
5:30 pm
Friends of Oregon Reception

Thursday, October 18, Shanghai, China
8:30 am
Interview with 21st Century Media
9:30 am
Interview with Bloomberg News

Friday, October 19, Hong Kong
8:00 am
Speech at American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
11:00 am
Meeting with Hong Kong Secretary of Finance, Mr. John Tsang
12:30 pm
Meeting regarding Oregon Pear exports
2:00 pm
Meeting with Consul General  Stephen M. Young
3:30 pm
Oregon Tourism Media interviews

Monday, October 22, – Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
11:00 am
Lunch Meeting with Shimadzu

Tuesday, October 23 – Tokyo, Japan
10:00 am
Meeting with U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos
11:00 am
Meeting with Panasonic/SANYO
2:30 pm
Meeting with Tokyo Electron
3:45 pm
Oregon Tourism Media interviews
6:00 pm
Friends of Oregon Reception

Wednesday, October 24, Tokyo, Japan
10:00 am
Meeting with Calbee Foods Company
12:00 pm
Lunch Meeting with Delta Asia
4:00 pm
Meeting with Marubeni

Thursday, October 25

Depart Tokyo for Portland


Media Contact:
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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