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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/10/2011

McDonnell on 11-day trade mission to India, Israel

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) left Wednesday night for his fourth trade mission, an 11-day trip that will take him to India and Israel.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

McDonnell will return Nov. 22, according to his office.

He will be joined by his wife, Maureen, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey (India Only) and senior officials from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The cost of the trip is $310,804, according to the governor’s office.

McDonnell will meet with business leaders in Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi, and is expected to announce an Indian agriculture and forestry export initiative.

“As we continue to work diligently to bring new jobs and more opportunities to the commonwealth, it is important that we explore emerging markets overseas to bring more business opportunities to Virginia and work to increase our exports into the global marketplace,’’ McDonnell said in a statement. “There is no better way to bring new companies to Virginia and sell more of our products to them than to personally tell the Virginia story to the heads of those companies.  This trip will enable us to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones.”

Virginia is opening new trade offices in India, China and the United Kingdom.

McDonnell proposed the offices, and the General Assembly approved spending $1.5 million over two years for them.

The state spends about $880,000 a year on offices in Brussels, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mexico City.

McDonnell’s friend and neighbor to the north, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), will also travel to India this month. His six-day trip, with stops planned in Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad, will be the first such mission to India by a sitting Maryland governor, according to O’Malley’s office.

McDonnell went on his first trade mission to Europe — an eight-day trip to Britain, the Netherlands and Germany — in July 2010. The trip was built around the Farnborough International Air Show taking place outside London.

In May, he traveled to Japan, China and Korea for 10 days as part of his second overseas trade mission. In June, he flew to the City of Light for a quick two-day trip to the Paris Air Show, an international trade fair for the aerospace business held every other year.

Here’s the full schedule:

Nov. 10-14 (Tel Aviv, Israel)

·         Meet with senior leadership from prospective technology and biotechnology companies

·         Meet with senior executives from agribusinesses and importers

·         Meet with senior executives from shipping companies

·         Host a dinner with Israeli Knesset

·         Attend Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Performance

·         Meet with President Shimon Peres

·         Meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

·         Co-Host with Ofra Strauss a breakfast with leading Israeli Industrialists

·         Host roundtable discussion with manufacturing companies and agribusinesses

 

Nov. 15- 17 (Mumbai, India)

·         Meet with senior leadership from prospective information technology and biotechnology companies

·         Meet with senior executives from agribusinesses and importers

·         Promote Virginia tourism and wines

·         Meet with Virginia Tech officials on India campus

·         Meet with senior executives of energy and advance manufacturing companies

 

Nov. 17– 18 (Bangalore, India)

·         Host a dinner with members of the travel industry

·         Meet with senior leadership from prospective information technology and biotechnology companies

·         Meet with senior executives from agribusinesses and importers

·         Reception with the Confederation of Indian Industry

·         VCU Telecast from Christ University

 

Nov. 19-21 (New Delhi, India)

·         Meet with senior leadership from prospective technology companies

·         Meet with senior executives from agribusinesses and importers

·         Host a reception to promote Virginia tourism and wines

·         Meet with senior executives with energy companies

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