Gov. Jay Nixon will lead a delegation of Missourians representing agriculture, business, education and government on a trade mission to Cuba from May 29 to June 1. With the recent progress toward normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, the trade mission will focus on growing Missouri exports to the island nation of 11 million, especially agricultural products.
The delegation will include:
- First Lady Georganne Nixon
- Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce
- Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Mike Downing
- Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University
- Gary Wheeler, of the Missouri Soybean Association
- Silvia Hollis, of Mid-Continent Aircraft, Hayti
- Thorstein Holt, of Holtec Gas Systems, Chesterfield
- Brady Moses, of SatCommX, Lampe
- Jeffrey Fort, of MOM Brands Sales, St. Louis
- Several representatives of Martin Rice, of Bernie.
In addition to meeting with Cuban government officials in Havana, Gov. Nixon will be briefed by Deputy Chief of Mission Scott Hamilton and other high-ranking officials at the U.S. Embassy on progress toward facilitating and increasing trade between the U.S. and Cuba. He is also scheduled to address an entrepreneurial forum coordinated by the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Trade and Investment, which will include Cuban companies and members of the Missouri delegation.
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