INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb and two of his top aides will lead a week-long trade mission to Slovakia and Israel beginning March 27, his office said Friday.
The planned trip to Slovakia by Holcomb, Adjutant General R. Dale Lyles and Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers comes amid war between neighboring Ukraine and Russia. The trio will meet with nongovernmental and civil society organizations to bring Indiana’s support to Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees.
“This visit also provides an opportunity to do what is right and offer support to Hoosier through humanitarian efforts to Ukrainians who have found refuge in Slovakia and the greater region,” Holcomb said in a statement. Press.
The delegation will meet with Slovak leaders in capital Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, to also promote Indiana as a destination for sustainable energy and other industries, according to the announcement.
Indiana exports more than $1 million worth of goods to Slovakia, including chemicals, computer and electronic products, machinery, petroleum and coal products, and transportation equipment.
The Indiana National Guard also shares a more than 25-year partnership with Slovakia through joint military training and security cooperation.
On March 30 and 31, the delegation will meet with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv to discuss agriculture, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and other topics.
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