Governor Dayton and Delegates Return after Successful Trade Mission
Governor Dayton with Daniel Johansson, of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications
Gov. Mark Dayton and a 35-member Minnesota delegation of business, education and government officials are returning to Minnesota after a highly successful trade mission to Norway, Sweden and Germany. The governor and delegation ended the trade mission yesterday, with Minnesota hosting a reception to encourage trade and investment in our state. Numerous German companies attended this event that was held at the U.S. Embassy.
The trade mission showcased Minnesota as a superior place to do business, raised the profile of Minnesota companies and provided important networking opportunities to the delegates. Several events that were especially noteworthy took place during the 10-day trip.
Minnesota officials announced that a new office to promote Minnesota exports will open in Germany. The new office will be located in the Dusseldorf-Cologne area of Germany and is the first of three that will be opened internationally as a part of the governor’s Global Competitiveness Initiative. The two other sites will be announced at a later date. For more details, click here.
At an event in Stockholm, the governor and Daniel Johansson, an official with the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, mou signingsigned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to continue their relationship working together on research technology and public policy related to the field of bioenergy. Bioenergy projects in northern Minnesota are among future opportunities for collaboration between Minnesota and Sweden, including a proposed district energy system fueled by biomass harvested from forests in Grand Marais, Ely and other communities.
For more details about the visit to Sweden, read this blog post by U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski.
In Oslo, Gov. Dayton spoke before AmCham Norway at its Power Luncheon where mobileAxept and FDI signed a partnership agreement for the U.S. Market. mobileAxept is a Norwegian corporation that delivers information to mobile devices securely. It offers payment acceptance systems that enable businesses to accept credit card and check payments over virtually any medium, as well as a new way for people to text in their donations to their church or organization directly.
Also, officials from Norway House, Minneapolis and County of Telemark, Norway signed an MOU for further collaboration in business development, tourism and education.
These were just a few highlights of the trade mission. Some other tours and visits were to a 3M Innovation Center, Moods of Norway, and the Karolinska Institute.