Utah trade mission to explore PH opportunities

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A 12-member American trade mission from the State of Utah will be in Manila on July 15 to 17 to explore trade opportunities with Philippine businessmen, and promote Utah as an investment and tourism destination.

Led by Brett Heimburger, director for Asia-Pacific of the Utah Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the mission will highlight Utah as a top investment and tourist destination. Three times in a row, Forbes Magazine named Utah the best state for business and careers, while Travel Away Magazine ranked Utah as one of top five most beautiful states in America.

The mission will also seek partnerships with Philippine traders in the sectors of plant nutrition, nutritional supplements, educator effectiveness training, student-learner skills development, medical infusion pumps and wine.

Known as one of the most business-friendly states of the United States, Utah has an AAA bond rating, and a low and flat 5-percent corporate and personal tax rate. Last year and in the past five years, the American Legislative Exchange Council tagged Utah as the best state for economic outlook.


Besides meeting with potential business partners in Manila, the Utah trade mission will meet with the Philippine government officials and officers of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. will also host a networking reception to provide an opportunity for the trade mission members to network with industry and government contacts.

The US Embassy’s Commercial Service is coordinating the trade mission’s three-day visit.

The State of Utah delegation is the third trade mission that the Commercial Service Philippines hosted this year.

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