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|Eight-day trip to focus on attracting investment to Wisconsin, boosting state exports|
|MADISON – Governor Scott Walker will leave Wisconsin on Saturday for an eight-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea aimed at encouraging continued foreign investment in Wisconsin and helping state companies develop business partnerships in both countries.
“With a significant increase in exports in the first half of 2017 and global companies like Foxconn and Haribo deciding to invest in Wisconsin, our international profile is higher than it has ever been before,” Governor Walker said. “This trade mission will build upon that success by helping state companies reach new markets and by letting companies in both countries know that Wisconsin is open for business.”
Governor Walker will lead a 22-member delegation that includes Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); Katy Sinnott, vice president of International Business Development for WEDC; and 13 executives from eight Wisconsin companies.
During the trade mission, the company executives will engage in personalized, one-on-one meetings with potential business partners coordinated by WEDC’s authorized trade representative network in each country. Governor Walker and WEDC leaders will take part in separate, private meetings with companies to discuss expansion or investment opportunities in Wisconsin. The governor also will meet with key government leaders in both countries, including Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon , and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon.
The trade mission coincides with the 49th joint meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA), which includes Japanese corporations that have direct economic ties to the Midwest or are interested in developing them. The association is chaired by Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary CEO and chairman of the board of the Kikkoman Corp., whose North American corporate headquarters is in Walworth County.
Highlights of the trade mission include: