State senator joins Vietnam trade mission

September 21, 2010

By Staff

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s trade mission to Asia picked up a local representative: state Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Pflug, the Issaquah-area representative in the Senate and a Republican, joined Gregoire and about 80 other delegates to hawk Washington products in Vietnam from Sept. 18-24.

Like the other business delegates, Pflug paid for the trip herself.

The trade delegation planned stops in the capital city of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, a city in central Vietnam. In Hue, officials planned to drop off the keys to a new elementary school funded by Boeing.

“I am excited about the possibilities for increasing trade in our highly trade-dependent state,” Pflug said in a statement. “I am also honored to help the governor and Boeing executives present a brand new elementary school to the citizens of a small town near Hue.”

Gregoire last traveled to Asia on a trade mission in 2005. The trip resulted in more than $1 million in sales to customers in Japan and $6 million in contracts with companies in China. The business ties have since netted another $23 million in sales for Washington companies.

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