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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Get me a ticket for an airplane

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter went to China and came back with a letter. House Speaker Robbie Wills only had to go to Arizona (though he did recently get a junket to Taiwan among his many far-flung travels) to get a letter from China.



LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (September 8, 2009) – Arkansas House of Representatives Speaker Robbie Wills is in Phoenix, Arizona, today to deliver a presentation at the China-U.S. Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum. Wills’ keynote address will promote Arkansas as a business destination to more than 200 Chinese business executives and senior government officials attending the forum.

“The China-U.S. Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum is the ideal situation for us to get to know China’s business leaders and show them what a great state Arkansas is for their business expansions,” Wills said. “We want to make sure that Arkansas is in the forefront of their minds when they want to invest in the U.S.”

Earlier today, Wills represented the State of Arkansas in a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Arkansas and the Chinese Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. The purpose of the agreement is to establish a collaborative process for identifying and engaging areas of investment promotion cooperation between China and the State of Arkansas.

Wills attended the event on behalf of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).

“We appreciate Speaker Wills’ commitment to the promotion and expansion of Arkansas’s economy through his presentation to Chinese business leaders and decision makers,” said Maria Haley, executive director of the AEDC. “We are targeting Chinese investors and companies in our recruitment efforts through our marketing and a new China office. Arkansas’s participation in this investment forum will further strengthen our growing relationship with China.”

In addition to the presentation and MOU signing, Wills is meeting with Chinese leaders including Ma Xiuhong, China’s vice minister of commerce. He will also be meeting with China-based companies in the information technology, telecommunications and alternative energy sectors. Many of these companies have already invested in the U.S. and are actively seeking expansion opportunities.

The Arkansas World Trade Center, AEDC’s partner in global trade and economic development, also attended the forum in an effort to develop export-import leads.

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