Governor John Kitzhaber is headed to Asia. The trip in October is to promote Oregon’s products and services to the increasingly global market. The 10-day trip will include stops in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Oregon’s exports to Asia support the state’s economy. International trading grew 19% in 2011, equaling nearly $18 billion in foreign sales. China is Oregon’s second largest trading partner with $1.2 billion in exports from just the first six months of this year.
Kitzhaber says his trip will ultimately mean more jobs here in Oregon.