Gov. Bob McDonnell will fly to Japan, China and Korea next month as part of his second overseas trade mission.
McDonnell (R) will travel to Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul from May 7-May 17.
He made the announcement at a Capitol Square news conference Tuesday alongside South Korean Ambassador Han Duck-soo. They said that Virginia residents living in Korea would be able to exchange driver’s licenses for Korean licenses without taking new tests. Similarly, Korean residents living in Virginia could do the same.
The event was attended by several Korean media outlets and members of the Korean community.
Already, 87 people have taken advantage of the license program in the few weeks since it has gone into effect. Virginia has similar agreements with Germany, France and all the Canadian provinces. South Korea has similar agreements with 127 entities, including Maryland.
McDonnell will be joined on his Asian trade mission by:
First Lady Maureen McDonnell:
Secretary of Commerce and Trade James Cheng
Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade Peter Su
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore
Vince Barnett, Director of Communications and Promotions, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Paul H. Grossman, Jr., Director of International Trade and Investment, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Roy Dahlquist, Managing Director – Asia, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Alisa Bailey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Diane Bechamps, Vice President of Marketing, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Mary Shea Sutherland, First Lady’s Chief-of-Staff
Charles Green, Director of Marketing, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Forestry
Yutaka “Tommy” Okutomi, senior director of international investment – Japan, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Based in Tokyo Office, will be on the Japan portion of the trip.
Hailey Fong, director of the Greater China – International Trade and Investment, Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Based in China Office) will be on the China portion of the trip.
Jimmy Rhee, assistant secretary of commerce and trade, will be on the Korea and Shanghai, portions of the trip.
A cost estimate was not immediately available for the trip.
McDonnell went on his first trade mission to Europe -- an eight-day trip to Britain, the Netherlands and Germany -- in July. The trip was built around the Farnborough International Air Show taking place outside London.
He plans to travel to India and Israel later this year.