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      Lt. Gov. Heidemann to Lead Asian Trade Mission in September

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      Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann

      Gov. Dave Heinemanannounced Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann will lead a delegation of Nebraskans ona trade mission to Taiwan and Japan Sept. 2-13. This will be the 12th foreignor reverse trade mission of the governor's administration.

      "Our Asian trade missionsrepresent important opportunities to explore agriculture and businessdevelopment efforts in key markets," said Heineman. "We will use this timeto strengthen business relationships and pursue opportunities to develop newconnections that will benefit Nebraska communities, while also promoting ouragricultural products."

      "Nebraska has hosted avariety of business delegations from Taiwan and Japan during the past severalyears and this trip will be an important opportunity to examine ways toincrease investment in our communities and continue strengthening ourrelationships in the regions," Heidemann added.

      Greg Ibach, director ofthe Nebraska Department of Agriculture, and Catherine Lang, director of theNebraska Department of Economic Development are scheduled to make the trip with Heidemann. The trade mission will provide opportunities fordelegation members to meet with government officials, potential tradingpartners and investors interested in doing business in Nebraska.

      This trade mission willinclude a visit to Tokyo where Heidemann will participate in the annualMidwest U.S. – Japan Association Conference, a collection of nine Midwesternstates and major Japanese businesses. The delegation will have an opportunityto visit the new Nebraska Center – Japan, the state's first foreign tradeoffice which opened in 2006. The delegation will meet with business andgovernment leaders including the governors of the Saitama and Kanagawaprefectures.

      In Taiwan, Nebraskaleaders will receive an update on a trade agreement signed during a visit in2010. At that time, Nebraska delegates signed an agreement worth an estimated$450 million in future sales of corn, soybeans and wheat between Taiwaneseimporters and private suppliers.

      Japan is Nebraska'slargest foreign direct investor having invested more than $4.4 billion into thestate since 2010. Japan is Nebraska's fourth largest export market with $468million in exports in 2012. Taiwan is Nebraska's 13th largest exportmarket with $94 million in exports in 2012, but was the state's 10thlargest agricultural export market that year.

      Courtesy- Gov. Dave Heineman

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