Hong Kong & Japan • Trade Mission
Gov. Gary R. Herbert led a delegation of 22 Utah businesses and organizations on a trade mission to Japan. Throughout the trade mission, the delegation members participated in more than 60 meetings with business and government leaders. In Japan, Gov. Herbert and the delegation met with Rakuten, the largest e-commerce site in Japan and among the world’s largest by sales. Delegates discussed new trade opportunities and learned about the growing e-commerce market in Asia. They were also able to build relationships and learn how Rakuten could help Utah businesses grow and expand.
Before joining Gov. Herbert in Japan, Justin Harding, the governor’s Chief of Staff, led the Utah business delegation to Hong Kong, where the delegation expanded Utah’s trade and investment relationships with important businesses and institutions. In Hong Kong, the delegation, state representatives, and World Trade Center Utah met with executives from Orient Overseas Container Line to discuss ways for Utah to increase its participation in Trans-Pacific Trade via Utah’s Inland Port.
“The importance of international trade for Utah’s economy must not be underestimated. Trade is particularly critical when we consider our relationship with Japan, Hong Kong, and other Asian regions. As we strengthen our trade ties with our international partners, we are indeed strengthening our own state.”
“We had many productive and helpful discussions on wide-ranging topics from transportation infrastructure, new partnership opportunities, to challenges we face in the digitization of the industry. The level of cooperation among the public and private sectors is simply outstanding, and we certainly look forward to continuing our dialogues to facilitate trade and grow our businesses together.”
The State of Utah international program was developed and executed by many of World Trade Center Utah’s partners on Team Utah, including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Commercial Service.