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Alaska welcomes China delegation


August 26, 2005

State of Alaska officials will welcome a 15-member delegation from the Municipality of Putian in China's Fujian Province during a ceremony on Monday in the governor's Anchorage office. Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin, who oversees the division of forestry, will meet with the delegation during their visit.

The trade delegation is in Alaska for four days to receive a series of briefings on trade and forestry issues. Putian is the site of a facility designated to fumigate round logs, including exported logs from Alaska.

"China represents a growing portion of the Asian market that is so important to Alaska's economy," Governor Frank H. Murkowski said. "I am pleased our commissioner of Natural Resources will be able to extend our state's welcome to the municipal and provincial officials who have come to Alaska to see our logging operations firsthand. We thank them for their continued strong interest in our state."

The delegation is headed by Mr. Jingui Yuan, a municipal economic consultant and Mr. Dejin Li, deputy mayor of Putian.

While in Alaska, the delegation is scheduled to meet with representatives from Trans Pac, Sealaska Corporation, Wasser & Winters, Natives of Kodiak, Ouzinki Corporation. Also attending the meetings is the China representative of the US Softwood Export Council. The delegation will receive briefings from the state's forest products experts in the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture, and Department of Commerce. The visit is organized by the governor's international trade office.

"China is an key market for our log exporters," says Margy Johnson, Director of International Trade. "Forest products exports comprise a major contribution to Alaska's trade balance and provide a significant flow of revenue to Alaska-based businesses." Log exports to China totaled $2.9 million in 2004, up from sales of $2.5 million in 2003.


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