JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland next week on a trade mission, his office said Tuesday.

The trip will be the first of its kind since before the pandemic, and Parson’s third while in office. It will be funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit focused on economic growth.

A prior mission to Israel and Greece in November was postponed due to COVID-related travel restrictions

Parson will stop in Cambridge, London and Dublin from March 11-19 to meet with government officials, business leaders and diplomats and tout Missouri’s “strong capacity for trade.” The two nations combined for around $484 million in exports last year, according to Parson’s office.

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