Oregon Governor Kate Brown is preparing an Oregon trade mission to Asia to promote foreign investment in Oregon, Oregon goods, and tourism.
The Governor will lead the mission in South Korea and Japan from Nov. 5 - 16.
“A thriving economy here in Oregon is influenced by markets across the world,” Brown said. "Oregon exports hit a record high last year, and we want to keep those growth levels."
Brown said such trade missions are a key avenue to expand Oregon's business and trade partnerships, promote the state's booming agricultural market, and support jobs for Oregonians throughout the state.
"I am proud to share Oregon’s unique products, services, and companies with the rest of the world," Brown said.
The trade delegation will include eight manufacturers from Oregon, representing food and beverage; outdoor gear and apparel; and advanced manufacturing industries. In all, 38 public and private sector leaders, including representatives from Business Oregon, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Travel Oregon, and the Port of Portland make up the delegation.
"Together, these companies have more than 50 meetings in the two countries to explore export opportunities with Korean and Japanese distributors and retailers," Brown said.
As part of the trade mission, Brown said she will lead several business development meetings, host women’s leadership forums, sit down with government leaders, promote Oregon tourism, and work to strengthen trade. She will also meet with Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon as well as U.S. embassy officials in each destination.
Asian trade and tourism are critical drivers of Oregon jobs and our economy, according to Brown's Office. Nearly 6,000 Oregon companies export internationally and 87,000 Oregon jobs are supported by exports. Asia is the largest trade partner region for Oregon products, particularly for the agriculture and food products industry. South Korea is a key and expanding export market for Oregon, and Japan is one of Oregon's largest foreign investors.
Japan and South Korea are Oregon’s third and fourth-largest markets for Oregon goods overall, and the top markets for the state’s agricultural exports. Together, they represent 15 percent of Oregon’s $22.3 billion global export market.