BISMARCK, N.D. - 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, 2014. 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 our 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/