Richardson Leads Trade Mission To Cuba

New Mexico – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was on his way Sunday to Havana, Cuba as part of a trade mission.

Richardson's office says he will help market New Mexico commodities and follow up on potential trade partnerships discussed during a visit to Cuba last year.

The mission will meet with officials from Alimport, the Cuban government agency responsible for agricultural commerce.

A provision of the U.S. Treasury Department's Foreign Assets Control authorizes states to sell agricultural, medical and information technology products in Cuba.

Others on the trip include state Agriculture Department Secretary Miley Gonzalez and Cultural Affairs Secretary Stuart Ashman.

Richardson's office says the governor and Ashman will pay for their own expenses.

The delegation is to return to New Mexico on Friday.

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