Word comes from the North Dakota Trade Office that Howard Dahl, internationally-known North Dakota entrepreneur and current President and CEO of Amity Technology, is scheduled to be appointed Honorary Consul of the Upper Midwest to the Republic of Kazakhstan on Tuesday, Sept. 11 during the Big Iron International Visitors Program Welcome Ceremony in Fargo.
I traveled with Howard to Russia and Ukraine in early 2011. He is truly deserving of the honor. Above is one of my favorite pictures of Howard, studying his iPad while we were visiting one of his farmer-partners.
Says the NDTO:
Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S. Erlan A. Idrissov will present Dahl with the appointment, of which duties include the enhancement of bilateral relations of trade, economy and culture between Kazakhstan and North Dakota.
“Howard is a great example of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that makes North Dakota thrive,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “In his new role as the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Howard’s leadership and dedication to North Dakota will be a tremendous asset in our on-going efforts to expand the state’s presence in the global marketplace.”
As Honorary Consul to Kazakhstan, Dahl will help with the economic and trade cooperation and with the expansion of business from the Upper Midwest in Kazakhstan. Other tasks include the support of the development of the international relations, the representation and perception of the interests of Kazakhstan.
“As the Kazakhstan-North Dakota trade relationship continues to develop, Howard will have many opportunities to represent and promote business opportunities in Kazakhstan as the Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan,” said Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S., Erlan Idrissov. “Howard is well aware of the recent developments in Kazakhstan as Amity Technology is well-represented in Kazakhstan. One of Howard’s top priorities will be to further expand the trade partnership by facilitating trade missions to Kazakhstan as well as increase awareness of opportunities for U.S. businesses in Kazakhstan.”
Dahl has significantly impacted the agricultural development of Kazakhstan and other former Soviet Union countries. Howard and his brother, Brian Dahl, were among the first Americans to do business in the region following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992.