PIERRE, S.D. (KELO AM) – This spring Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be making his way across the globe to visit Beijing and Shanghai on his third trade mission to China as governor. Once again, Gov. Daugaard is inviting South Dakota business leaders to join him.
“I am looking forward to returning to China next year,” said Gov. Daugaard. “There are many opportunities for South Dakotan businesses in the Chinese market. Last spring, Millennium Recycling participated in our trade mission and by November, they had shipped more than 100 tons of scrap newspaper to a paper mill in China.”
“Our office recognizes the value of exporting,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “With 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside of the United States, South Dakota companies continue to benefit from exploring new markets.”
Companies interested in exporting to China who would like to join the Governor on the trade mission are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to companies in the following targeted industries: value added-ag, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, professional business services and energy. Eligible companies will be reimbursed after the trade mission for up to 30 percent of the travel, hotel and visa expenses for one company representative.
The trip is tentatively scheduled for May 6-15, but is subject to change based on the companies selected to participate.