Gov. Bevin in Japan for economic trade mission

03/06/2017 06:29 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin is in Japan on Monday, joined by other state and local officials, to meet with executives, in an effort to strengthen ties and encourage international investment and job creation in Kentucky, according to a press release.

Bevin is joined in the trip by Sec. Terry Gill of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and the two, along with other members of the delegation, will meet with leaders of Japanese manufacturing and technology corporations.

“Our economic development and trade mission to Japan will focus on meeting in person with executives from some of the world’s leading engineering, manufacturing and technology corporations,” Bevin said of the trip. “We will deliver our compelling message—that no place in America offers a better location for business investment, job creation and future growth than Kentucky. We want to ensure that global firms look to the Commonwealth first when planning a new or expansion project in the U.S. Establishing and strengthening our personal relationships with these business leaders is a major step toward that goal.”

Members of the Kentucky delegation will meet with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), U.S. Embassy staff and other local officials, according to the release.

Bevin left for Japan on Saturday and is expected to return to the commonwealth on Tuesday, March 7. Gill and other delegation members will return later in the week.

Partners on the mission include the World Trade Center Kentucky, the Japan/America Society of Kentucky, KentuckyUnited and the U.S. Commercial Service.

According to the release, Japan is Kentucky’s top international investor. Japense owned facilities directly employ more than 44,400 people full-time with more than 130 of those facilities are in the state’s automotive industry, according to the news release.


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