Interest is growing in the Nebraska trade mission to China this fall.
Nearly 40 have already expressed interest, according to the state’s Department of Economic Development.
Cobus Block, International Development assistant manager, says they represent manufacturing, tech companies, local governments, academics, and agriculture.
“What we’re trying to do is working with them to figure out what kind of activities will best promote their businesses, or be of most use to them,” Block tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They’re looking to try to understand the market, get a better feel for what they can do in China.”
Those going must pay for flights and hotels. Block says there likely will be a “participation fee,” which is similar to past trade missions. That would cover the cost of group meals and travel during the stay.
Groups must commit to the trip by early September and those who want to join the trade mission should contact Cobus Block at 402-480-5806 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Stan Garbacz with the Department of Agriculture at 402-471-2341 or email@example.com for details.
“The quicker we can get information from a company representative, as far as what their goals are, what their state of involvement in China is, it will help us to understand what their needs are and how we can best assist them,” Block says.
The trade mission is being led by Governor Pete Ricketts from November 9th to 15th.
They will visit Xi’an, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.