Gov. Mark Dayton and an official delegation are back in Minnesota after a week-long trade mission to Mexico. And they’ve come home very impressed with the sophisticated technology and business operations they saw.
Manufactured goods make up the lion’s share of Minnesota’s exports, but the world has a healthy appetite for the bounty of Minnesota’s farms. We’re the nation’s 3rd-largest agricultural exporter, selling $8 billion in foreign markets in 2013.Read More...
Women play key roles in agriculture in Minnesota and Mexico. And they also face unique obstacles.
That’s why Minnesota and Mexico are signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week focusing on the ways women in agriculture can work together to help educate and support each other. The Women in Agriculture and Business MOU is one of five collaborations being signed during Gov. Mark Dayton’s trade mission to Mexico this week.Read More...
Gov. Mark Dayton spent the day Tuesday meeting with officials from Mexico's ministries of foreign affairs, agriculture, public education, as well as its trade and foreign investment arm.
While leading his fourth international trade mission, the governor promoted the state's exports, encouraged Mexican companies to startup and expand in Minnesota (or move existing U.S. operations here), inked cooperative agreements on agriculture and education, toured the facilities of a Minnesota-based company operating in Mexico, and met with executives of major U.S. companies operating in Mexico.
And that's just the beginning.
When a Minnesota delegation heads off to a foreign market on a governor’s trade mission, the participants can have very different motivations for going on the trip and very different things they hope to accomplish in the target market.
So, who goes – and why?
This week, Gov. Mark Dayton is leading a 36-delegate trade mission to Mexico. The delegation – which includes representatives from business, agriculture and education – will travel with the governor to Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Amy Hyun, correspondent for the Korea Times based in Chicago, is attracted to stories about the U.S. economy and connections between Minnesota and Korea. Soichi Inai, U.S. correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, and Kenichiro Miyaki, U.S. correspondent for the Japanese wire service Jiji Press, are looking for the Minnesota-Japan connection.Read More...
Governor Mark Dayton will lead a trade mission to Mexico Aug. 9-14. Besides helping Minnesota companies find business opportunities in Mexico, the governor hopes to attract Mexican investments to Minnesota and promote the state as a great place to do business.
Minnesota exports came on strong late last year, growing at their fastest quarterly rate in more than two years.
Kathleen Motzenbecker, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office, said this morning that state exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew to $5.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. U.S. export growth during that period was 4 percent.