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Gov. Hassan to lead NH trade mission to Turkey


CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan will lead a delegation of New Hampshire businesses on a June trade mission to Turkey, where they will explore the potential of the international market.

“This trade mission will build on the progress that helped make New Hampshire the fastest-growing state for exports in 2013 by helping our businesses find new opportunities in Turkey’s growing market,” Hassan said in a statement.

In 2013, Granite State companies and manufacturers exported more than $79 million in goods and services to Turkey, which is the state’s 12th largest trading partner. The Department of Resources and Economic Development said it selected it as the trade mission destination after consultation with New Hampshire businesses.

Rokon International Inc., which makes all-wheel-drive motorcycles, is one of five companies that have already signed up for the trade mission, which will take place June 20-27.

The mission is organized in partnership with the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) and the Turkish Cultural Center in Manchester. An informational meeting is planned for 8:30 a.m. April 2 at the Turkish Cultural Center, 540 Chestnut St., Manchester.

The cost for participation in the trade mission is $2,500, a reduced rate that is underwritten by TUSKON. Deadline for applications is April 25.

For more information, visit www.exportnh.org or call Tina Kasim, program manager for the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center, at 271-8444.

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