Mississippi Delegation to Attend SEUS-Japan Conference

Globe showing China and Japan

Jackson, Miss. (September 11, 2014) – Gov. Phil Bryant and Yates Construction President and CEO William Yates III will lead a delegation of economic development professionals and business leaders to Tokyo, Japan for the 37th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and the Japan – U.S. Southeast Associations, or SEUS-Japan, which will take place Sept. 18-20.
Mississippi hosted the event in Biloxi in 2013 and will serve as the U.S. host at this year’s meeting. Yates is co-chairman of the joint meeting, joining Ausutoshi Nishida, chairman of the board of the Toshiba Corporation, who is the Japanese chairman of the event. The meeting, which will be held at the New Otani Hotel, will attract more than 250 corporate executives and economic development professionals from throughout the southeastern U.S. member states and Japan.
“Japan remains Mississippi’s top source of foreign direct investment, and the annual SEUS-Japan meeting allows us to build upon our existing relationships with Japanese business and government leaders,” Gov. Bryant said. “It also provides an excellent opportunity to share the benefits of doing business in Mississippi with new business prospects in order to encourage new trade and investment relationships.  These meetings are beneficial to Mississippi as we look at the future of economic development in our state, and we are honored to serve as the U.S. host at this year’s event in Japan.”
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the co-chairman of this valuable association during the past year. By participating in the SEUS-Japan Annual Joint Meeting, we are reinforcing to Japanese business leaders the high level of importance we place on the strong, existing ties Mississippi has in place with Japan,” said Yates. “It also allows us to demonstrate our desire in forging new trade and investment relationships that will be beneficial for both Mississippi and Japan for many years to come.”
SEUS-Japan was started in 1976 to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and the organization’s southeastern U.S. member states: Mississippi, which joined the association in 2007, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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