Gov. Nixon will visit Cuba on a trade mission

7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:41:00 PM CDT in News
By: Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Governor Jay Nixon plans to visit Cuba as part of an effort to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S.

COLUMBIA – As part of an effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will visit Cuba from May 29 to June 1.

According to a press release, Nixon will lead a trade delegation. He will be traveling with other delegates who represent Missouri’s agriculture, businesses, education and government. Nixon will meet with Cuban government officials to discuss increasing trade between the U.S. and Cuba. Nixon also plans to discuss trade relations at an entrepreneurial forum, which will include Missouri delegates and Cuban business representatives.

“The growth of Missouri exports has gone hand in hand with our revitalized economy,” Gov. Nixon said. “Cuba represents a market of 11 million consumers that has been largely untouched by U.S. exports for more than 55 years. Missouri is moving forward to take advantage of this opportunity, particularly when it comes to rice, one of the staples of the Cuban diet.”

Prior to restricted trade relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Missouri-grown rice was exported to Cuba.

Previously, Nixon has lead trade relation visits to other countries, including China, Brazil and Israel. He also visited the Republic of Panama in March as part of a trade mission.

According to the press release, this trip will not be funded by tax payer dollars. The Hawthorn Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization, will fund the trip.

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