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Speaker touts North Dakota's potential in world trade market

FARGO - North Dakota may be small and rural, but it has the potential to become a leader in world trade, a speaker said today in Fargo. The state "has all the ingredients to be the nation's (global) connector," Ted Fishman said at Global Business...

FARGO - North Dakota may be small and rural, but it has the potential to become a leader in world trade, a speaker said today in Fargo.

The state "has all the ingredients to be the nation's (global) connector," Ted Fishman said at Global Business Connections 2009.

The event, which has attracted about 150 businesspeople from around the world, began Tuesday and ends today at Fargo's Ramada Plaza & Suites.

Fishman is the bestselling author of "China Inc." and contributes to major news U.S. organizations.

He's recently visited businesses and officials across North Dakota as part of his research for a new book.

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Fishman - who's lived most of his life in big cities - said he likes what he sees in North Dakota.

The state's geographical isolation is psychological and easily can be overcome, he said.

The state's strengths include a belief in the value of education, a strong work ethic, trustworthiness and a willingness to come together to get the job done, Fishman said.

For more, read tomorrow's Forum.

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