LITTLE ROCK (KAIT/AP)
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson hopes a trip to Cuba later this month will open lines of communication and trade.
Hutchinson spoke with Region 8 News Thursday afternoon. He stated that he will lead the delegation.
"This will be accompanied by the Secretary of Agriculture in Arkansas for our economic development as well as a trade delegation there," Hutchinson said.
Hutchinson said since diplomatic relations have been restored, he'll be the first governor to head to Cuba.
"I just want to be on the ground floor of opening up that door for Arkansas agriculture," Hutchinson said. "We've tried for a long time to open up the market in Cuba for Arkansas agriculture products. Whether it's rice or whether it's poultry, there's a market there. Particularly for our rice."
Final dates for Hutchinson's trip to Cuba have not yet been set.
Former Governor Mike Beebe led a trade mission to Cuba in 2009.