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Gov. Gregoire leaves Sunday on trade mission to India, Korea

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Sep. 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm with No Comments »
September 25, 2012 1:16 pm

Gov. Chris Gregoire is leaving the state Sunday for a 10-day trade mission to South Korea and India. Secretary of State Sam Reed has made a few trips to India over the past decade but Gregoire says she is Washington’s first governor to visit.

Her office put out a news release outlining her agenda overseas.

Her staffers list Korea as the state’s No. 4 top export market and India as the state’s 24th largest export market in 2011 – a bit of a shift from 2009 when this state Department of Commerce report listed Korea as No. 5 ($2 billion) and India No. 7 ($1.8 billion). Other trade info is here.

A statement from Gregoire:

“I will be the first governor to lead a trade mission to India, where the opportunities are significant,” Gregoire said. “As India’s economy thrives, we know that consumers there are seeking more imported products from the United States. This is our opportunity to get out in front, and make sure that consumers and businesses in India are aware of the quality items produced in Washington state. I’m confident our efforts will lead to business expansions and new jobs for Washingtonians.”
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