Until the 11th, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Israel and Greece for a third international trade mission. Israel and Greece are key trading partners for Missouri, with nearly $54 million and more than $12 million in exports respectively in 2020.
In line with Governor Parson’s infrastructure and economic development priorities, the goal of the trade mission is to build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong trade capacity.
“As Governor, I look forward to meeting with our partners in Israel and Greece to strengthen relationships and expand our state’s global business opportunities,” Governor Parson said. “Countries around the world already buy billions of dollars in Missouri-made products each year. We are excited to once again represent our state to international authorities and businesses while promoting Missouri as a place of business. ideal.
The trade mission will include stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (Israel) as well as Athens and Thessaloniki (Greece) to meet with government officials, diplomats and business leaders to promote Missouri as an ideal destination for investment and business expansion. Governor Parson will meet with representatives of companies that have existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investment in the state as well as companies not present in Missouri to encourage them to consider the state for future investments.
The nearly $66 million worth of goods exported to Israel and Greece in 2020 shows the importance of international trade to the state’s economic success. Among the goods exported to Israel, cars and trucks were among the most in demand. Chemicals and machinery figured prominently among exports to Greece.
Governor Parson will participate in an agricultural technology roundtable in Tel Aviv alongside GlobalSTL, a leading Missouri organization that aims to recruit high-growth international companies to establish their headquarters in St. Louis. Key targeted industries include agriculture and plant science, medical and human health, cybersecurity, fintech, food and nutrition.
Planned meetings include SIBAT, the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate (IMOD), and Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Ratney of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Governor Parson will also receive economic briefings from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli National Team at the US Embassy.
Planned meetings include Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic (Greece), Agricultural Startups in Greece, and U.S. Consul General in Thessaloniki, Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) K. Lee.
Governor Parson will also be a keynote speaker at the Greek Economic Summit and participate in a business roundtable hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce to engage with Greek CEOs from the northern Thessaloniki region.
The trade mission is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit. For travel updates, follow @GovMikeParson on Facebook and @GovParsonMO on Twitter.