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Mississippi Development Authority to lead business development mission to South America

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Mississippi Development Authority  

Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a Pacific Alliance business development mission July 13-21, 2015.

The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses that want to expand trade and create new business relationships with qualified buyers in Colombia, Peru and Chile. Top U.S. exports to these countries include military equipment, oil and gas machinery and services, medical equipment, mining equipment, construction equipment, and automotive parts and accessories.

“The Pacific Alliance trade mission is a cost-effective opportunity for Mississippi businesses interested in developing or expanding trade in key South American countries to make connections with prospective buyers and generate new investment through international trade,” said Rose Boxx  Director of MDA's International Trade Office. “It is a logical gateway for companies looking to make business connections in these markets. I encourage businesses interested in export sales to make plans to join the Mississippi team on this important trip.”

MDA works with qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners from Colombia, Peru and Chile prior to meeting with members of the state delegation. MDA also works with Mississippi firms before, during and after the trip to help them best capitalize on the opportunities realized as a result of participation.

The U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion program reimburses eligible businesses up to 50 percent of travel costs, including airfare, lodging and per diem, and provides interpretation services at no cost. Additional services include scheduled appointments with qualified prospects covered at 75 percent and free pre-mission market research and business potential assessment.

Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is recommended.  The deadline to register is May 19, 2015. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA's Latin America Trade Specialist Gabriel Prado at (601) 359-9406 or gprado@mississippi.org. Interested parties can also visit www.mississippi.org to learn more about the agency's international marketing services and events or to request a consultation with an international trade specialist.  

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