October 24, 1995, 1995

Contact: Bob Applegate
(503) 378-6496
Leslie Carlson
(503) 378-6307


Governor John Kitzhaber's first international trip, scheduled for November 6 to 19, 1995, will promote Oregon's cultural, trade, tourism and investment relationships in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. During the trip, the Governor will seek to accomplish a number of specific goals, which include the expansion of Oregon's marine and air connections, additional investment and trade opportunities for Oregon businesses and promotion of the state's value-added food processing and wood products industries.

"I am pleased to be able to meet with cultural and business leaders from three of our major trading partners to promote Oregon's quality industries and products, and to talk about the state as a destination for new business and tourism," said Kitzhaber.

In Japan, the Governor's schedule includes meetings with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), which is working closely with state government and Oregon trade associations to promote the export of high value-added wood and other products. The Governor will also meet with U.S. Embassy agricultural trade officials and with representatives of Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market to discuss new export and business opportunities for Oregon's fishing industry.

During his visit to Korea, the Governor will talk with members of the Korea-United States Economic Council (KUSEC), and will meet with representatives of Korean steamship and airline companies to discuss expansion of transportation connections. In Taiwan, the Governor will meet with steamship company representatives as well as the Import-Export Association of Taipei.

The Governor will also visit Oregon's sister states of Toyama, Japan and Chollanam-do, Korea.

Accompanying the Governor on his trip are State Senator John Lim, Chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee; Art Christiansen, Chair of the Governor's Food Processing Advisory Council; Junki Yoshida, a leader in the state's food procession industry and newly appointed Port of Portland Commissioner; Al Baker, Vice President of NORPAC Foods and President of the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association; Mike Thorne, Executive Director of the Port of Portland; Bruce Andrews, Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture; Bill Scott, Director of the Oregon Economic Development Department; and Katy Coba, Special Assistant to the Governor for International Affairs.

A detailed schedule of the Governor's meetings will be released as the trip is finalized.


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