Haley, husband, delegation to attend trade meeting in Japan
COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley and her husband will attend an international trade meeting in Japan next week as part of an effort to persuade companies to expand or locate in South Carolina, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said Thursday.
Haley is among a 40-member delegation of state and local leaders traveling to Tokyo for the 35th annual meeting of the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association, set for Sept. 13-15. Meetings lined up by Commerce begin Monday, Hitt said.
Hitt said South Carolina stands to benefit from Japanese companies’ desire to diversify following last year’s earthquake-tsunami crisis, which shut down most of the country’s nuclear reactors and left the country more reliant on imports to supply electricity.
“They’re looking to have plants in multiple places because of the potential challenges in Japan,” he said. “Now is the optimum time for us to be paying attention. We’re excited about the potential for expansions and new projects.”