BENTONVILLE (KFSM) - The State of Arkansas will open its first trade office with the country of Vietnam on Tuesday (June 30.)
A prime location in Arkansas will be given to organizations from Vietnam, as they will be opening their first American trade office across the street from the Walmart Home Office.
Monday (June 29,) Governor Asa Hutchinson made the announcement while at a press conference in Little Rock.
The office is set to help businesses in Vietnam thrive in Arkansas, while also promoting business trade with Vietnam.
The companies will come from Vietnam’s Dong Nai Province, and the industries they will target will range anywhere from coffee beans to furniture.
Officials with “Made in USA Works” told 5NEWS planners from Vietnam are in Little Rock discussing the future office, and talking about the promises the state has to offer.
"It’s a great move for our state, our people. It's going to be a win-win for Vietnam, a win-win for our state,” said Chris Neely, Vice President of the organization. “And, we look forward to lots of prosperity for both of our people.”
Officials said Bentonville was an attractive location for the trade center for many reasons, including its proximity to major Fortune 500 companies like J.B. Hunt, Tyson, and Walmart.