The relationship between Nebraska and China took another step forward.
A delegation from Nebraska just returned from a week-long trade mission to three regions of the country.
Cobus Block, Department of Economic Development international trade representative, says they met with government and industry representatives.
“So that we can continue to find opportunities for Nebraska businesses to do business in China and to support businesses that are already doing business there,” Block tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Block says they also want to entice Chinese companies to invest in Nebraska and have a presence here.
All the trade trips the state makes to China lays a foundation for future opportunities and agreements.
“While we were in Shaanxi Province, for instance, we were able to have four Nebraska companies come to a meeting with the Department of Commerce in Shaanxi,” he says, “which they probably would not have been able to get into had it not been for representation from the lieutenant governor.”
Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley signed a memorandum of understanding with officials of the Hebei Province.
That agreement will increase the exchange of information between the agricultural and industrial province and the State of Nebraska.
“Take steps toward creating a more formal process of exchange of information, so that we can be a resource for Nebraska businesses,” Block explains.