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Dalrymple Promotes North Dakota Trade Mission, Exports in Talks with Canadian Ambassador Doer
Post Date: Mar 19 2014

By ND Governor
Gov. Jack Dalrymple will meet in Bismarck late today with Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, to discuss plans for a North Dakota trade mission to Canada the week of June 9, A delegation of North Dakota exporters will travel to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada with the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO).
“Canada is by far the largest buyer of North Dakota goods and services and it’s important that we continue to develop this important trade relationship,” Dalrymple said.  “The demand for North Dakota’s high-quality products and services continues to grow around the world. Sending a trade delegation to Canada is part of our ongoing work to expand North Dakota’s international business opportunities and further diversify state economy.”
For nearly 10 years, Gov. Jack Dalrymple and other state officials have worked to increase North Dakota’s presence in the global marketplace.  In 2005, the state created the NDTO to help North Dakota businesses market their products and services in high-demand markets throughout the world. Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven and the NDTO staff also successfully worked to get established in Fargo an office of the U.S. Commercial Service.  Together, the NDTO and U.S. Commercial Service are dedicated to expanding the state’s global business opportunities through advocacy, education and international business services.
Between 2005 and 2010, Dalrymple, who was then North Dakota’s lieutenant governor and the founding chairman of the NDTO board of directors, led successful trade missions to Cuba, China, Ukraine, South Korea and several other key markets for North Dakota businesses. The governor also led the development of the NDTO’s annual Big Iron International Visitors Program which hosts hundreds of agricultural equipment buyers from around the world in conjunction with the Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo.
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who has served as the NDTO’s chairman since 2011, will lead the trade delegation to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada in June. Wrigley has led several successful trade missions as well, with trips to China, Singapore and Kazakhstan.  The trade delegation will explore export opportunities and in-state investment opportunities involving the energy, aviation and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industries. NDTO staff is currently developing the trade mission. All North Dakota businesses with export opportunities in Canada are invited to participate. For more information about the trade mission and export opportunities in Canada, contact the North Dakota Trade Office at (701) 231-1150 or go online to http://ndto.com/
Since 2005, North Dakota’s merchandise sales in foreign markets have increased 173 percent, from about $1.1 billion to about $3 billion.  Canada is by far North Dakota’s largest international buyer, accounting for more than 60 percent of North Dakota’s export sales. Other key markets for North Dakota exports include Mexico, Australia, Belgium, China, Germany and Japan.
The NDTO has coordinated 49 trade missions to key markets around the world and 20 reverse trade missions to North Dakota, bringing together North Dakota exporters and worldwide customers. NDTO staff also provides international business training and host the annual Global Business Conference which will be held April 29 and 30 in Fargo. The conference brings together North Dakota exporters and international business experts and includes an awards ceremony to recognize the state’s leading export businesses.
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