LITTLE ROCK (August 20, 2009) — Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter will promote Arkansas economic interests while in China next week as part of an economic development mission coordinated by the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).
The NLGA has worked with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries to schedule meetings with high ranking government officials, tours of a working farm and of a 50/50 US/China company-owned engine plant, and conversations with members of the US-China Chamber of Commerce.
Also making the trip to China will be Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Carol Molnau, Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, Montana Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger, North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Jack Dalrymple and Secretary of State Ken McClintock of Puerto Rico. The NLGA contingent will spend Monday through Wednesday in Beijing, and Thursday and much of Friday in Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan Province. The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries is paying all trip expenses.