Ricketts announces trade mission to UK and Ireland

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Governor Pete Ricketts and business leaders will travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland in August to promote Nebraska businesses during a trade mission to coincide with the team’s season opener football from the University of Nebraska in Ireland.

The trade mission will focus on Nebraska’s agriculture, insurance and other major industries, Ricketts announced Monday. It will also allow them to watch the Huskers play Northwestern in person on August 27.

Ricketts, a Republican, led business executives and state administrators from Nebraska on trips to Asia, Europe, Mexico and Canada during his tenure in an effort to help business leaders business to establish overseas relationships and attract foreign companies to invest in Nebraska.

He said the UK is a dominant player in the European insurance industry, which is also a major employer in Nebraska, and several Nebraska companies have offices in England. Companies based in Ireland and Britain have created about 6,000 jobs in Nebraska, he said, pointing to British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline’s Lincoln office.

“There’s a great opportunity for Nebraska companies to go out there and find business opportunities,” Ricketts said at a news conference. “…We would love to help open doors for (business) people to enter the UK”

State officials halted several previous trade missions due to the coronavirus pandemic, although Ricketts led a delegation to Germany in November. Ricketts said state officials will follow the coronavirus travel protocols that are in place at the time, but he hopes the trip goes as planned.

The trade mission will take place from August 20 to 28.

Sen. Curt Friesen, a corn farmer from Henderson, said it’s important for Nebraska to maintain relationships with European countries because the state exports a large amount of beef, corn, ethanol and fuel there. ‘others products.

Nebraska exported more than $1 billion to the UK and Ireland between 2010 and 2020, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Ag Service and the US Census Bureau.

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