BYLINE3: FALCON HEIGHTS (AP) -- It's off to Eastern Europe this fall for Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who announced Friday he would make the region the destination of his second trade trip.
Pawlenty plans to spend a week traveling through the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and possibly Bosnia. In describing the trip while at the Minnesota State Fair, he said he wants to visit Minnesota National Guard soldiers on peacekeeping duty in a post-civil war Bosnia.
The tour will come a couple of months after his first trip -- a few-day mission to Montreal, Canada, in late September.
"This is going to be a ground-breaking trade mission because Poland and the Czech Republic are not traditionally strong markets for us," Pawlenty said. "They have great potential both individually and as gateways to growing markets in Central Europe."
Matt Kramer, Pawlenty's top trade adviser, said the transitioning economies of the two countries make an attractive ground for the state's businesses that specialize in information technology, telecommunications, pollution control and wastewater treatment.
Currently, both nations are relatively minor trading partners of Minnesota.
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