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Japanese Ambassador Visits North Dakota July 31

Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., Ichiro Fujisaki, spent one full day in North Dakota on July 31 and brought laughter, praise and wishes for strengthened relationships between the state and Japan.  Ambassador Fujisaki began his day in Bismarck where he met with Gov. Dalrymple, then traveled to Grand Forks where he made a public presentation at the University of North Dakota.  The culmination was a community welcome held at the Grand Forks Japanese Gardens, hosted by Mayor Mike Brown.

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ND Gears Up For Sixth Annual Big Iron International Visitors Program

North Dakota will host a large delegation of visitors from around the world Sept. 10-13 at the sixth annual Big Iron International Visitors Program, the international portion of the Big Iron Farm Show designed to assist the state’s agribusinesses in expanding their international sales.

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NDTO Now Offering Research Software to All NDTO Members

Quality research is a fundamental part of building a successful export business.  In a world of constant information-sharing via the Internet, it is sometimes assumed that answers can be found with a quick Google search; however, uncovering valuable trade information is usually time consuming and often expensive.  That’s why the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is now offering top research software to all NDTO Export Members, including AtoZ World Trade and Kompass.

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Japanese Ambassador to Visit ND July 31

Presentation to be Held at the University of North Dakota (UND)

The Ambassador of Japan to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, is scheduled to visit North Dakota on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Ambassador Fujisaki plans to meet with business and community leaders and is scheduled to give a public presentation about the relationship between Japan and North Dakota at the University of North Dakota (UND).  The presentation will focus on trade challenges and opportunities between the two regions.

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Upcoming International Trade Events

NDTO and our partners have a full agenda of events, trade missions and trade shows planned for Fall 2012.   Below is a list of events.  If your company is interested in participation or in learning more about any of the items listed below, contact Lindsey Warner at or visit

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Receive Certification in Export Management through Fall Course at UND

The North Dakota Trade Office has partnered with The University of North Dakota’s College of Business & Public Administration for the fourth installment of the UND Export Management Course.  The 12-week course is offered to students as well as business professionals and prepares attendees for expansion into the global marketplace.  For exporters, the class will run from Aug. 22 – Nov. 14, 2012.

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Ex-Im Bank Willing to Take Risk for ND Exporters

For American companies, selling goods and services to international buyers can be risky without the proper backing, information, or support. Many businesses are wary of stepping into the global marketplace because of the risk of non-payment. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is willing to take on the risk for exporters.  There are no transactions, in terms of dollars, that are too small for the Ex-Im Bank to consider.

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ND Leaders Unite With U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Part of North Dakota’s unique position in a troubled economy has been the state’s ability to look outside of its borders and invest in the global economy.  To complement growth based on exporting, trade missions, cultural exchanges and educational programming, a group of international business leaders from North Dakota has joined forces with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) to create the USGLC North Dakota Advisory Committee.  This group of business, humanitarian and educational leaders will work to give North Dakotans a voice on foreign policy and international programs.  Specifically, all members of the North Dakota Advisory Committee have lent their name in support of the International Affairs Budget and its importance to the state.

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Healthy Oilseeds Pens Flax Oil Agreement with Korean Food Company

Healthy Oilseeds, the international division of Gussiaas Family Farm, has entered an agreement with Haitnim Nara Foods to provide flaxseed oil for its South Korean operation.  The agreement was made during a recent trip to North Dakota by Haitnim’s President, Mr. Bongsuk Shin.  Healthy Oilseeds will provide the South Korean company with monthly shipments of flaxseed oil.

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ND Represented at 5th International Astana Economic Forum

Delegation Announces Kazakhstan USCS Office Will Remain Open

The Fifth Astana Economic Forum – the international event in which participants discuss the current state and future of Kazakhstan and neighboring countries – attracted a record 8,000 participants from 93 countries.  An emerging market with one of the most stable economies and top growth potentials in the world, Kazakhstan is on the minds of many exporters and investors from the U.S., and North Dakota is on the top of this list.  NDTO Executive Director Dean Gorder was among the participants who attended the event, which was held in Kazakhstan’s capital city May 22-24.

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