Officials from Henan, China, Kansas’ sister state for the past 37 years, visited the state in late June as part of an economic development tour. The Henan Provincial Government Delegation was headed by Li Yingjie, Vice Chairman of the Henan Provincial Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
On June 25, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, with state officials including Robert North, Interim Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, and International Trade Representative April Chiang, cordially met with the delegation. Chinese Commercial Counselor Zou Xiaoming from Chicago as well as President David Cheng of the Kansas Chinese Association (KCCA) also participated in the event to represent the local and overseas Chinese communities.
Governor Colyer welcomed the Henan Provincial Government delegation, and introduced the development of Kansas to the guests. Governor Colyer wished the Henan Provincial Government delegation a successful visit to the state and expressed strong confidence in further strengthening the economic, trade and investment cooperation between Kansas and the Henan provinces.
After their meeting, the Henan Provincial Government delegation visited the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Soybean Committee, International Grain Program (IGP), Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, and American Institute of Baking (AIB) International. The Henan Delegation held a number of dynamic conversations with local government officials, industry experts, business executives, and professional technicians.
“Through this visit, it further shows that economic cooperation and possibilities between Kansas and Henan are enormous in many areas, including food processing and agribusiness, bioscience and animal health,” said Ms. Chiang.