Chafee, Valois, Sweitzer headed to European trade mission

Apr 24, 2014

Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Marcel Valois, executive director of Commerce Rhode Island, will embark on a European trade mission that will be focused on meeting with executives of companies that have expressed an interest in establishing operations in Rhode Island.

Chafee’s press office issued a statement saying that these company executive officials are interested in Rhode Island due to the state’s ``proximity to Europe, as well as the location in the busy northeast corridor and the convenience of TF Green Airport, industrial ports and rail and highway transportation systems.’’

The trade mission will include stops in Rome and Naples,  Italy and in Ireland. The mission will begin on April 27th and end on May 1. The governor and Valois, state economic czar, will be accompanied in Italy by Don Sweitzer, chairman of the GTECH lottery company, which is owned by an Italian firm.

Chafee will also meet with the mayor of Rome and the prime minister of Ireland.

The governor’s press office  confirms that the state will pay for the tip. There is no pre-trip estimate of the price, but the costs will be released at the conclusion of the mission, says a Chafee spokesman.