OKGIT July 2017 meeting recap

The below is a summary of the July 18, 2017 meeting of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team. It is not intended to serve as a detailed summary of events, those will be reflected in the meeting minutes that will be distributed ahead of the September 19, 2017 meeting. The dates are set for the 2017 Oklahoma Consular Summit. From September 6-7, the OKGIT will host consuls from the following countries…

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Oklahoma firms have many opportunities in Germany

In another fantastic globaltrade.net round up, potential for partnerships with Germany and Oklahoma-based firms are great. According to a recent release from the Federation of International Trade Professionals, “The United States are the second biggest destination for German goods after the European Union and the United States are the fourth largest supplier of Germany. The U.S.-German Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation guarantees investors in Germany national treatment and allows…

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Oklahoma ascends ranks of best states for business

Despite a recent economic downturn, Oklahoma continues to position itself well for business, according to a recent survey compiled by Chief Executive magazine. Its annual Best & Worst States for Business Ranking, which is compiled from surveys of chief executive officers, shows Oklahoma at No. 17, up one from 2016 and up from No. 21 in 2008. The state received above-average scores when it comes to taxation and regulation (6.82…

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Oklahoma’s views on NAFTA needed by June 12

After more than two decades of existence, the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico are open to updating the free-trade agreement to stay caught up with the digital age. President Donald Trump notified Congress on May 18 of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA, which triggered a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico begin. In an effort to hear from Oklahoma businesses, farmers and manufacturers who will be…

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Trade opportunities between Oklahoma and Vietnam

The TPP may be dead as far as American involvement is concerned, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous trade and commercial opportunities available for Oklahoma firms interested in doing business in Asia. The latest Federation of International Trade Associations report on Vietnam is out, and it has identified several sectors key to growth for Oklahoma companies. Opportunities for business can be found in information technologies, transportation infrastructures as well…

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Opportunities in the U.K. for Oklahoma companies

The much vaunted special relationship between the United Kingdom and United States is exemplified in many sectors, from security and defense to economic, cultural and linguistic ties. The U.K. is the U.S.’s fifth largest trading partner and remains the fifth largest global economy. As Brexit negotiations commence, there may be an opportunity for deeper Anglo-American ties in the economic and bi-lateral trade, where the latest census data shows that in…

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OKGIT meeting roundup: May 2017

In an effort to better connect our members, we wanted to send out a brief, unofficial report on May 16’s meeting. This does not supplant nor replace the minutes, which will be distributed closer to our July 18, 2017 meeting. Due to a scheduling conflict we held our meeting at the new offices of Catholic Charities OKC, where their Executive Director Patrick Raglow welcomed the OKGIT to their Chickasaw Conference…

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Apprenticeships an option for Oklahoma

At the recent Oklahoma Governor’s International Team meeting on May 16, Oklahoma Secretary of State Dave Lopez noted the opportunities available for those seeking work via apprenticeships in firms and government programs based in the state. Indeed, the need for such training positions looks likely to increase as the American economy works through the structural changes impacting so many current and future employees. According to a piece by Melanie Dunn…

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Grant funds for Paris Air Show attendees

Are you in the aerospace sector or involved in serving customers who work in it? The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has STEP Grant Funds available that may help offset costs of participation at the Paris Air Show on June 19-22, 2017. But you must apply ASAP. Here is the registration form for the STEP Grants. As noted on ODOC’s website, “The Oklahoma STEP Forward Enhancement Fund is part of the…

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Mills Machine Co. of Shawnee shows how export markets help Oklahoma manufacturers

An excellent article by The Journal Record’s Brian Brus on OKGIT member and past chair, Chuck Mills’ family owned firm, Mills Machine Co. The Oklahoma manufacturer, based out of Shawnee, Oklahoma, specializes in earth drilling tools, bits and related accessories for the water well, environmental, construction, geothermal and blast hole mining industries. Mills has focused on developing international customers for his company, something that was necessary for the Oklahoma manufacturer…

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