PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota will soon host a group of Chinese business leaders-who are interested in possible business ventures in the state. Governor Dennis Daugaard led a trade delegation-which included South Dakota’s Ag Secretary Walt Bones and Commissioner Pat Costello of the Governors Office of Economic Development-to China last month. In the weeks since his return, Daugaard says he has been trying to arrange for a trip by Chinese businessmen to South Dakota for later this month.
Daugaard says the trip by the Chinese to South Dakota was initially denied, but thanks to letters, e-mails and phone calls made to the embassy in Beijing, the visit has been approved. Daugaard says plans call for the Chinese business delegation to be shown investment options that are available in South Dakota.
It’s expected that the Chinese businessmen will be in the Yankton/Vermillion areas at the end of the month. Daugaard also says that it’s possible some of the connections that were created during the Chinese trip in March will result in invitations to the overseas business leaders and officials to South Dakota’s Pheasant Hunt or Buffalo Roundup-which are used as economic development tools to attract business to South Dakota.
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