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Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the U.S. to Visit North Dakota

Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Erlan Idrissov, is coming to North Dakota.  The Ambassador arrives July 10th on a three day trip that is aimed at strengthening an already strong relationship between the Eurasian country and North Dakota political and business leaders.

The North Dakota Trade Office sponsored trip will begin in Bismarck where the Ambassador will meet with political dignitaries including Governor Dalrymple, Agricultural Commissioner Doug Goehring, and the President of the Bank of North Dakota Eric Hardmeyer.  These meetings will focus on future business to be conducted with NDTO member companies.  To date, North Dakota has sold a large amount of agricultural equipment and cattle to Kazakhstan.  North Dakota exports to Kazakhstan topped $ 51 million in 2008 ($ 51,094,646) before the global economic crisis. 

Kazakhstan wants to continue importing from North Dakota. The country is interested in expanding its agriculture industry by pursuing a North Dakota/Kazakhstan partnership business.  The focus of the business will be to provide agricultural equipment, technology, agronomist support and other agriculture related items and services on a permanent basis in Kazakhstan.

Ambassador Idrissov will conclude his trip to the state in Fargo where he will network with additional business leaders.