A delegation from Telemark, Norway – a sister-region of North Dakota – is visiting the state this week to “bridge the Atlantic” and deepen cultural and business ties. The 11-person team, consisting of economic development officers, educators and government officials, make up Norway’s first official mission to North Dakota since Gov. Dalrymple and Telemark County Mayor, Terje Riis Johansen, signed a sister-region agreement in June 2013.
FARGO, N.D. – Amity Technology, an industry-leading firm specializing in agriculture machinery headquartered in Fargo, ND, was named North Dakota’s 2013 Exporter of the Year on April 29 for their international expansion and support to the state’s export community. Dakota MEP, a nonprofit dedicated to helping North Dakota companies improve business results through continuous development, received the 2013 Service Provider of the Year award for their support in growing North Dakota exports. Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley presented the awards during the Global Business Awards ceremony at the Global Business Connections conference, the annual international business event hosted by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO).
Twenty North Dakota companies and organizations took part in NDTO-led trade missions to Philippines, Singapore and China in February and March 2014. The following are recaps of these initiatives:
Fourteen North Dakota companies and organizations will travel to Qingdao, Shandong, China, March 18-22, to showcase the state’s high-quality agricultural commodities and food products to some of the China’s largest food manufacturers and processors.
FARGO, N.D. – Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in the city of Jinan in Shandong, China, signaling the beginning of an official sister-state relationship between the state of North Dakota and the province of Shandong. The relationship will help strengthen economic and social ties in the areas of agriculture, aviation, education, energy and technology.
NDTO, along with Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, will lead a trade delegation to eastern Canada the week of June 9, 2014. The trade mission will be separated into three regions – Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal – with industry focuses including energy, aerospace and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), however, all interested companies will be accommodated.
Representatives from 10 North Dakota companies and organizations returned home last week after six days in Accra, Ghana, where they participated in the North Dakota – Ghana Trade Mission.
From Ashley Ritteman, Director of Sales & Marketing, ND Port Services, Inc.
As you might know, North Dakota Port Services has spent the past year working toward turning the Minot, ND intermodal ramp into a true container yard (“CY”). This model change will allow shippers to book import/export freight with any number of great NVOCC’s, 3PL’s, freight forwarders, and ocean carriers directly.
The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO ) will be partnering with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Northern Crops Institute (NCI) to host the 2014 China-North Dakota ‘Better for You Food Ingredients’ Conference & Exhibition. This event will give North Dakota value-added food producers the opportunity to demonstrate their high-quality products to Chinese buyers, food producers and research and development specialists. The event will take place in Qingdao, China on March 20-21 and will be led by North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.
Fifty exporters and local business professionals received a provocative, and sometimes humorous, insight into the massive change that is happening and will continue to happen in the global economy during the State of the Global Economy Trade Talk, held Jan. 15 in Fargo. Pete Mento, Director for Global Customs and Trade Policy at C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. led the discussion and answered questions from attendees.