"In our preparation of future leaders, we recognize the importance of providing our students with a diverse experience. Therefore, this is an outstanding opportunity to extend our university's reach and raise our profile in this critical part of the world," said Dr. Douglas Dunham of Northwest Missouri State University, a member of the delegation. "We appreciate Gov. Nixon's commitment to ensuring students, businesses, and educational institutions alike are thinking - and competing - on a global scale."
"Agriculture is vital to our economy and our way of life, supporting thousands of jobs and generating billions in economic activity. That's especially true in southwest Missouri," said Sen. Wasson. "This mission is a unique opportunity to open new international markets for farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses in our region and create jobs across our state."
The Governor and members of the delegation will arrive in Taipei on Sunday, March 17. The delegation will travel to Seoul, on Tuesday, March 19 and depart for Missouri on Friday, March 22. Travel costs for Gov. and Mrs. Nixon will be covered by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting economic growth in Missouri. Taxpayer funds will not be used.
Gov. Nixon has made creating opportunities for Missouri businesses to sell their products around the globe a top priority of his administration. The Governor led successful trade missions to China (October 2011) and Brazil (April 2012), which resulted in agreements to sell $4.6 billion in Missouri goods to Chinese consumers, and the state's first-ever trade agreement with the State of São Paulo, Brazil's financial capital. To continue this momentum, the Governor's Fiscal Year 2014 budget calls for $2.3 million in funding to help businesses identify and access new export opportunities and to expand the state's presence in emerging markets around the world.
Source: Missouri Governor's Office