Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Business Development Mission to Japan and South Korea

October 19-23, 2014

Exciting Opportunity to Expand Your Business in Asia

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Japan and South Korea from October 19-23, 2014. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors. In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money to develop both sectors.

In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money in developing their healthcare sector. In South Korea, the total market for drugs and medical device products combined is roughly $21 billion. In Japan, the over $150 billion market for these products represents the silver lining of the dark cloud of Japan’s aging population. Due to the lack of natural resources, both Japan and South Korea have long been dependent on imported energy sources to meet over its energy needs. For U.S. energy firms, Japan has a compelling need to find new energy sources, optimize the mix of energy imports and increase efficiencies in response to the March 2011 natural disasters and nuclear emergency, which led to the shutdown of Japan’s 48 nuclear facilities. Additionally, both near and long term opportunities exist in the South Korean energy sector.

Why participate in the Asia Healthcare and Energy Mission?

Business Development Missions organized by the Department of Commerce provide a unique opportunity for businesses interested in exploring export opportunities overseas. Participating U.S. companies will meet with prescreened potential partners, agents, distributors, representatives, and licensees. The agenda will also include meetings with high-level national and local government officials, networking opportunities, and country and industry briefings.

Below are statements from two past trade mission participants highlighting their mission experience:

SolarReserve

“The high calibre of the meetings was incredible, with access to top level government officials and decision makers. One particular high point during the mission in Ghana was meeting John Dramani Mahama, the Ghanaian President, where the group was given the opportunity to ask direct and frank questions - and received clear and fair responses. It was remarkable to have this level of access to the President and a number of the cabinet ministers, and to be able to talk frankly about business opportunities and issues. We left these meetings with confidence in doing business in Ghana”. Read more…

EHDD Architecture

“The overview of the economic and political situations was invaluable and reinforced our understanding of doing business in India. The dozens of meetings we had over the course of four days created direct and tangible results- direct project leads and relationships with potential new clients evolved overnight; something that would have taken years for us to establish on our own.” Read more…

Additional Information?

For additional information, please contact the Office of Business Liaison at BusinessLiaison@doc.gov or 202-482-1360.