China and Vietnam: Gregoire’s upcoming trade mission aims to increase Washington’s export business

Gov. Chris Gregoire will help local companies reach international goals during her upcoming trade mission to China and Vietnam this fall.

From Sept. 13 to Sept. 24, Gregoire will travel to Asia with representatives from 50 small and medium-sized businesses to create new export opportunities for the state.

Follow this link to read the entire article from Northwest Asian Weekly (12 August 2010).

There will be a Washington State Higher Education Forum (PDF, 481 kb) from 4-5:30 p.m. on 20 September at the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel featuring Governor Gregoire and representatives from four Washington universities and colleges:  Lake Washington Technical College, University of Washington, St. Martin’s University and Shoreline Community College.

Trade missions are great as a form of initial exposure to a new market and a starting point for what will, hopefully, become long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.  What’s better is a long-term in-country presence that focuses on trade between, say, Washington State and Vietnam, and higher education.  Oklahoma has been very successful in this regard dating to the mid-1990s and Maryland outsourced this task to a MD-based company last year.  I’m a big fan of The Oklahoma Model.  If you want to learn more, please drop me a line.

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