Governor Sean Parnell will conduct an economic trade mission with energy and seafood officials in Europe next week. The focus will be on increasing Alaska's international trade in seafood and building on the state's global reputation as a leader in oil and gas production.
"We are meeting with businesses that are serious about investing in Alaska and creating jobs here," Governor Parnell said. "More than ever, we need to grow Alaska's presence in the global economy to create more Alaskan opportunity."
The trip is part of a larger state effort to promote international trade and attract foreign direct investment. Governor Parnell noted that 2011 exports may exceed 2010 exports by as much as 30 percent, topping the $5 billion mark for the first time. In 2010, exports increased by 27 percent beyond the previous year.
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken will attend the China Seafood Expo, one of the world's largest seafood shows in Asia, and travel to South Korea for seafood, air cargo, and visitor industry meetings. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan recently attended the International Energy Administration's Ministerial meeting in Paris, and met with energy companies.
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell recently returned from a trade mission to China with a delegation of other lieutenant governors. The delegation met with China Premier Wen Jiabao. The delegation also met with vice ministers of trade and foreign affairs, and vice governors from Chinese provinces with mutual trade interests.
"The premier told us he has tasked his nation's provincial governors, as well as his government, to work on improving trade relations with the U.S. by working directly with U.S. states on projects that could mean more exports to China," said Treadwell. "There's real opportunity for trade in fisheries, oil field services, LNG, and shipping."