Singapore’s ambassador tours North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Singapore’s ambassador to the United States is touring North Dakota this week.

Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri is in the state discussing business and trade opportunities between his country and North Dakota.

The North Dakota Trade Office says North Dakota’s exports to Singapore have increased from $751,000 in 2003 to $4.5 million in 2013. They add that the top products exported to Singapore include front-end shovel loaders, machinery parts and soybeans.

Singaporean companies have also shown interest in investing in North Dakota. One Singaporean investment firm has opened a hotel in North Dakota’s oil patch and has proposed a $300 million residential and commercial project in Dickinson.

North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says Singapore is an important trade and business partner for the state.