RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Last week Gov. Beverly Perdue was stumping for President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. This week, the governor is stumping for trade and jobs in Asia.
The governor's office reports that Perdue and Commerce Sec. Keith Crisco are attending the Southeast U.S./Japan Annual Joint Meeting in Tokyo. While there, the delegation will meet with clients and prospects.
“I’m here for one reason: to try to boost North Carolina’s thriving business sector and grow more jobs in our state,” said Gov. Perdue in a news release. “I look forward to reinvigorating some of our standing partnerships, and to forging new opportunities this week.”
Sec. Crisco will then travel to China to recruit companies in Shanghai and other cities in Zhejiang Province.
Meetings will focus on energy, advanced manufacturing, automotive, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.
Perdue and several other southeastern governors are leading their delegations to the conference.
The governor's office reports that Japan is the state's 4th largest trading partner andk the state is home to more than 150 Japanese companies. China ranks second on North Carolina's list of trading partners.