Minister Kuba and a Czech Trade Mission visit the US
05.03.2013 / 17:07
Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Kuba visited the United States on February 25 - March 1. He was accompanied by a group of representatives of more than 20 Czech companies who are interested in partnering with their US counterparts. The delegation visited Chicago, Charlotte and Washington, DC.
The main goal of the visit was to promote and stregthen the relationships between Czech and US companies. In each of the cities that the delegation visited, the Czech business representatives had an opportunity to meet their US partners at events co-organized with local chambers of commerce or trade promotion institutions. These events included opening remarks by Minister Kuba, presentations on trade and investment climate in the Czech Republic and the respective US states (Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia) and also the opportunity for participants to organize one-on-one meetings.
Minister Kuba also held several bilateral meetings to discuss both bilateral Czech-US economic relations and, in a broader context, the transatlantic economic relations in the light of the recent announcement to launch negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In Chicago, the Minister had lunch with Deputy Mayor Koch, and in Charlotte he met with Mayor Foxx. In Washington, DC, the Minister held a meeting with Secretary of Energy Chu, Secretary of Commerce Blank, Undersecretary of State Hormats, and Assistant to the President Froman. He also met with Sen. Casey (D-PA) and Sen. McCain (R-AZ) on Capitol Hill.
Minister Kuba also traveled to Jenkinsville, SC, where he visited the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant, one of the two sites in the US where new nuclear reactors are currently being build using the Westinghouse AP 1000 technology that is also being offered in the Temelin tender in the Czech Republic.