Dayton plans trade trip to China next year

State officials said today that Gov. Mark Dayton is planning a trade trip to China next year, probably in the late spring or early summer.

The news was buried in an announcement from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) about plans to help small businesses increase foreign sales.

Said the release:

MTO [Minnesota Trade Office] and MDA [Minnesota Department of Agriculture] will lead delegations on trade missions and to trade shows in key markets that hold excellent export potential for small businesses, including:

1. A medical device trade mission to India in March 2012

2. Gov. Mark Dayton’s trade mission to China in late spring or early summer 2012

3. A solar industry trade mission to Intersolar in Germany in June 2012

4. A food ingredient buyers reverse trade mission from India in July 2012

5. A multi-sector trade mission to Russia in September 2012

6. A smart grid industry trade mission to Canada in September 2012

Dayton had planned to go to China last summer, but that trip was canceled, apparently because of the state shutdown. With a projected state budget surplus this year, this China trip shouldn’t be endangered by another shutdown.

Dayton did lead a nine-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea this fall.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/08/2011 - 10:57 am.

    It’s not the role of government to engage in so-called “trade missions.”

    Companies in favor get invited at the expense of companies within the same industry that don’t. That’s crony capitalism. That’s picking winners and losers. Let the individual companies explore possible foreign trade on their own dime.

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