August 26, 2005
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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