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Press Release: September 8, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber leads business mission to China, South Korea, and Japan


(Salem, OR) —  With Oregon’s economy still struggling to find a full recovery, Governor Kitzhaber will lead a business mission of public and private sector leaders to Asia to promote Oregon products and innovation and attract new investments to the state.
 
Oregon’s exports are one of the bright spots of the state’s economy with international trade growing by 19 percent in the last year on nearly $18 billion in foreign sales. China is Oregon’s largest trading partner while Japan imports more of the state’s agricultural products than any other nation.

“I am committed to doing everything I can to get more Oregonians back to work, boost our per capita income, and make sure that every corner of our state is on a solid path to prosperity,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Accessing international markets is a critical piece of my plan to create jobs in Oregon and help our businesses small and large. With Oregonians still struggling, this is exactly the right time for us to be actively marketing Oregon products and innovation around the world.”
 
International trade impacts every part of the state with nearly 5,000 Oregon companies exporting their goods and services abroad – from large companies like Intel and Nike to wheat farmers in Eastern Oregon, paddle makers in Bend, and motorcycle manufacturers in Ashland.
 
Fred Ziari, President & CEO of IRZ Consulting, is one of the private sector leaders joining the Governor on the mission.
 
“IRZ is growing rapidly and expanding its global and international water resource management services,” said Ziari. “I am personally honored and gratified at the opportunity to represent Oregon business and agriculture on this well-timed, much-needed, and valuable business mission. I look forward to working with the other members of the delegation in showing our Asian counterparts the best of Oregon.”
 
The Governor and his team will meet with South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik, as well as a number of important dignitaries and trade partners, including Mitsubishi Motor EV and Sanyo in Japan; Asiana Cargo and Hanjin in South Korea; and State Councilor Madam Liu Yandong and COSCO Container Lines in China.
 
Governor’s Public Itinerary (subject to change):
 
Sunday, September 11
 
Depart Portland for Tokyo, Japan
 
 
Monday, September 12 – Tokyo, Japan
 
8:00 pm          Oregon Bar & Grill gathering
                                                           
                                                           
Tuesday, September 13 – Tokyo, Japan
 
10:30 am       Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Roos
 
12:00 noon    Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs luncheon
 
1:45 pm          Oregon Wine Board presentation
 
4:00 pm          Meeting with Delta Airlines
 
7:00 pm          Friends of Japan reception at U.S. Ambassador Residence
 
 
Wednesday, September 14 – Osaka, Japan
 
12:00 noon    Meeting and luncheon with Kansai Economic Federation
 
2:00 pm          Meeting with Sanyo Solar
 
3:30 pm          Meeting with Toyo Tanso
 
 
Thursday, September 15 – Seoul, Korea
 
10:00 am       Meeting with Hanjin Shipping Company
 
12:00 noon    Luncheon with Korea International Trade Association
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with KITA/Korea US Economic Council
 
4:00 pm          Meeting with Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik
 
6:00 pm          Visit to Café Bene
 
6:30 pm          Oregon Friends in Korea reception
 
 
Friday, September 16 – Beijing, China
 
1:00 pm          Joint CCTV interview with the Governor and legislative leadership
                                   
2:15 pm          CollegeNet and QQ Signing Ceremony
 
4:00 pm          Meeting with China State Councilor Madam Liu Yandong
 
6:30 pm          Hanban Oregon Rreception
 
                                     
Monday, September 19 – Beijing, China
 
10:30 am       Meeting with Chinese Ministry of Commerce & Trade
           
11:30 am       NBC interview on the Oregon - China Relationship
 
4:30 pm          Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke
 
6:00 pm          Banquet hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs
 
 
Tuesday, September 20 – Tianjin and Shanghai, China
 
10:00 am       Briefing and Port of Tianjin tour
 
12:00 noon    Luncheon with Tianjin government officials
 
 
Wednesday, September 21 – Shanghai, China
 
7:30 am          Meeting with U.S. Consul General Robert Griffiths at the American Chamber of Commerce
 
8:00 am          American Chamber of Commerce breakfast: Governor Keynote on Oregon- China Relationship
 
9:00 am          Media Availability at AmCham Breakfast
 
11:00 am       Meeting and luncheon with COSCO Executives
 
2:30 pm          Meeting with Vice Mayor of Shanghai
 
4:00 pm          Business Roundtable meeting with Oregon companies
 
5:00 pm          Oregon - China Friendship reception
 
 
Thursday, September 22 – Shanghai, China
 
10:00 am       Shanghai Academy of Environmental Science
 
11:30 am       Lunch with Nike executives
 
 2:30 pm         Tour of Nike’s state-of-the-art logistics facility
 
 
Friday, September 23 – Shanghai, China
 
Depart Shanghai for Portland

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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