FILE - VA Governor Ralph Northam 1-9-2019

Governor Ralph Northam gives his first State of the Commonwealth Address on January 9, 2019.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is leading an international trade trip to Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

“We live in a competitive global economy, and it is important that we share the Virginia story with businesses and trade partners around the world who are interested in buying our goods and services,” Northam said in a news release. “International trade and marketing missions are critical tools to recruit new investment to the Commonwealth and maintain the relationships that will lead to new jobs, more exports by Virginia companies, and shared economic growth.”

The governor and other interested parties attending the trip will conduct nearly 30 meetings to promote business and tourism in the commonwealth.

The trip will include stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Northam will be joined by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring as well as representatives from other groups.

Virginia created its first-ever comprehensive International Trade Strategic Plan this week, which develops a long-term strategy to boost exports from the commonwealth.

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Tyler Arnold reports on Virginia and Ohio for The Center Square. He previously worked for the Cause of Action Institute and has been published in Business Insider, USA TODAY College, National Review Online and the Washington Free Beacon.