Perdue looks to drum up business in Asia

Posted September 23, 2011

— Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to lead an economic development mission to China and Japan next month, her office said Friday.

Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, other department officials and North Carolina business executives will join Perdue on the eight-day trip. The governor also visited the two Asian nations in October 2009.

The group will visit companies in the two nations and encourage them to invest in North Carolina and buy exports from the state. The companies are in targeted industries like biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, information technology, energy and automotive.

“My top priority is growing jobs,” Perdue said in a statement. "International investments are important to our growing economy, and increasing our exports means jobs and investments right here in our state.”

International investment and job creation has accounted for about 15 percent of all investment and jobs in North Carolina over the past decade, amounting to more than $9 billion in investments and 40,000 jobs, officials said.

China is North Carolina’s second-largest trading partner, exporting over $2.2 billion worth of products and services. Japan is North Carolina’s fourth-largest partner, exporting more than $1.7 billion worth of products and services.

Perdue also plans to visit two universities in China that have partnerships with universities in North Carolina and participate in National Governors Association meetings, which are being held in China at the same time.

Tim Crowley, a spokesman for the state Department of Commerce said the state has budgeted $50,000 to pay for Perdue, Crisco and two other staff members' expenses.

The additional 12-25 business leaders joining them will have their expenses paid by private funding, he said.


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  • chevybelair57sd Sep 27, 2011

    With the demise of the textile business in NC to China, what is this junket going to accomplish besides a free trip for all these state officials? We've lost over 122000 jobs to this country and her trip is a waste of tax money

  • flashsparks Sep 23, 2011

    "Imagine...an NC based help-desk for asian-languaged users? Somebody on her staff has a sense of humor." quaten

    This has got to be the best comment of the day anywhere on GOLO. My thoughts exactly. Good job!

  • flashsparks Sep 23, 2011

    She doesn't need to visit Asia to create jobs here. All she's going to do is unintentionally promote more U.S. manufacturing to go overseas. Create jobs here by cutting our tax rates and loosening job killing environmental regulation.

  • quaten Sep 23, 2011

    Imagine...an NC based help-desk for asian-languaged users? Somebody on her staff has a sense of humor.

  • whatusay Sep 23, 2011

    She needs another vacation....or get out of the country til the hearings for illegal campaign contributions die down.

  • gallbury Sep 23, 2011

    Since I know that she will accomplish absolutely nothing, other than having a good time at taxpayer's expense, I think that money would be better spend helping to save the NC School for the Deaf and the Morehead School for the blind.

  • whatusay Sep 23, 2011

    I can't wait to see the bill for this trip...

  • Big Mike Sep 23, 2011

    Yeah..bring em here and pay minimum wage...

  • computer trainer Sep 23, 2011

    She made a trip to Asia right after she took office. She needs to tell us how many jobs and how much revenue that netted us. UNREAL!

  • Alexia.1 Sep 23, 2011

    States do not negotiate business with foreign countries. She's looking for a good vacation and a little PR, perhaps. Private businesses already work with companies in Asia. If there is a product to be sold and a market in Asia, you can better believe the companies will look for way so to sell.

    Perhaps what she might be doing (if it's not a vacation) is trying to get companies there to invest here: open R&D facilities, manufacturing plants, etc.