Mike Shore, MEDC
Friday, August 21, 2015
Governor also looking to increase markets for Michigan-grown, made products
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder will lead an eight-day investment mission to China, focusing on promoting continued job-creating business growth and investment for Michigan, and the state as a tourism destination.
Snyder is meeting with government officials, industry executives and key media in in China, departing Michigan on Friday, Aug. 21, and returning Saturday, Aug. 29.
“We have built strong relationships in China since our first mission in 2011 and we will continue to make the case that there is no better place in North America for Chinese companies to expand than in Michigan,” Snyder said. “Chinese travelers are now going all over the world and the United States, and this is a great opportunity to tell people about Pure Michigan tourism. We will also be working to open more doors to new markets in China for businesses from across our state.”
Snyder will visit Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Shanghai, where he will promote Michigan business opportunities, make a series of company visits and connect with senior government leaders. As part of the trip, he will also meet with several automotive organizations including Chinese Association of Automotive Manufacturers (CAAM) and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Auto Committee (CCPIT-Auto).
Snyder also plans hold business media roundtables in Beijing and Guanzhou, and meet with tourism media at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and the Canton Tower in Guanzhou.
The investment mission will be led by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Concurrent with the governor’s investment mission, MEDC is leading seven Michigan companies to China to meet with prospective business partners, distributors and buyers to increase export opportunities from Michigan to China.
Since Snyder’s first mission to Asia in 2011, Michigan has received more than $1 billion in new business investment from China, Japan and Korea. Recent Chinese investments in Michigan include:
In addition to Snyder, the state delegation includes:
Snyder’s daughter, Kelsey, a University of Michigan sophomore who is studying the Mandarin language, will also accompany him on the mission. The governor and his family are paying all costs associated with her participation.
The trip marks the Snyder administration’s fifth mission to China. Other missions led by Snyder or Lt. Gov. Brian Calley have included Japan, South Korea, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Chile, and Columbia.
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Click here to see infographic for the 2015 China Trade Mission.
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