Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced details on her upcoming trade mission to Asia to promote foreign investment in Oregon, Oregon goods, and tourism. The Governor will lead the mission in Hong Kong and Japan from Oct. 9-15.
“Trade missions abroad drive jobs and economic growth here in Oregon,” said Governor Brown. “In my first visit to Asia as Governor in 2015, our meetings with leaders from Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Japan expanded Oregon's business and trade partnerships and helped drive the record economic growth we've seen since.
"I am returning to Asia to strengthen the relationships we've built as I continue to find new ways to grow Oregon's economy, promote our booming agricultural market, and support jobs for Oregonians throughout the state.
"I am proud to share our uniquely-Oregon products with the rest of the world."
As part of the delegation, the Governor is bringing twelve manufacturers from Oregon, mostly in the food and beverage industry. Together, these companies have more than 40 meetings in Japan to explore export opportunities with Japanese distributors and retailers.
The companies join Governor Brown's delegation of more than 50 public and private sector leaders, including representatives from Business Oregon, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Travel Oregon, and the Port of Portland.
As part of the trade mission, the Governor will lead several business development meetings, host a "Women in Leadership Forum," and kick-off the "Doing Business in Oregon Seminar" and "Oregon Ingredient Showcase" in the heart of Tokyo. Other meetings will include U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty, as well as consulate and state officials in each destination.
Asian trade and tourism are critical drivers to Oregon jobs and our economy. Asia is the largest trade partner region for Oregon products, particularly for the agriculture and food products industry. Hong Kong is a key and expanding export market for Oregon, and Japan is one of Oregon's largest foreign investors. Oregon's food and agriculture products, along with notable apparel and outdoor recreation companies, are finding new opportunities in growing markets throughout Asia.
Governor Brown's ITINERARY (subject to change)
Monday, October 10
9 a.m.: Meeting: Air cargo service to PDX
11 a.m.: Tour Cathay Pacific air cargo Facility
Tuesday, October 10
5 p.m.: Media Availability hosted by Travel Oregon
Wednesday, October 11
8:30 a.m.: Governor's kickoff meeting with exporters and Oregon
10 a.m.: Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Hagerty
12 p.m.: Meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2 p.m.: Business development meeting: Ajinomoto Co., Inc., one of
Japan's largest food processors with an expanding
presence in Oregon.
Thursday, October 12
9:30 a.m.: Business development meeting: Subaru
11:30 a.m.: Business development meeting: Delta Air Lines
1:30 p.m.: Governor Kate Brown's Women in Leadership Forum
OREGON MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL
**TIME LISTED AS PDT**
3:30 p.m. PDT: Oregon media conference call with Governor Brown
Call-in number: 866-434-5269
Participant code: 4750921
Governor Brown will make opening comments, discuss the importance of Oregon's export economy, and share accounts from the Asia trade mission before taking questions from Oregon media. Reporters on the call are asked to state your name and affiliated outlet when participating in the media call. The call will be hosted at 3:30 p.m. PDT (Oregon local time) and moderated by press secretary Bryan Hockaday, who may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 13
2:00 p.m.: Doing Business in Oregon Seminar
Saturday, October 14
9 a.m.: Business development meeting and tour: St. Cousair, which opened a food processing facility in Newberg and is promoting Oregon products in the Japanese market.
Official photos of Governor Brown's Asia Trade Mission will be available on Flickr
. The Governor's remarks will be posted as prepared here