Mississippi Development Authority to lead business development mission to Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Mississippi Development Authority to lead business development mission to Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Mississippi Development Authority

Representatives from Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Central America Sept.19-25, 2015.

The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses that want to expand trade and create new business relationships with qualified buyers in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.

With the goal of increasing Mississippi exports to the region, the mission will help participating firms gain market information, make business and government contacts, solidify business strategies and advance specific projects. The mission will include business-to-business matchmaking appointments with local companies and site visits.

The trip will be a multi-industry mission; however, the following sectors have been identified as lucrative prospects: agricultural, automotive parts/service equipment, building products, construction equipment, port/shipbuilding equipment, security and safety equipment and telecommunications equipment.

“Business development missions like this are an efficient and cost-effective opportunity for Mississippi businesses interested in doing business in these markets to expand their base of connections with prospective buyers and generate new investment through international trade,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough. “With the pre-mission market research, interpretation services, administrative assistance, customized itinerary and financial aid, the business mission 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 our Mississippi team on this important mission.”

Prior to meeting with business members of the state delegation, MDA works with qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners from countries targeted in the agency's business development missions. MDA also works with Mississippi companies before, during and after the trip to help them best capitalize on the opportunities realized as a result of participation.

Participants of the U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion program may be eligible for reimbursements of businesses expenses, including up to 50 percent of travel costs such as airfare, lodging and per diem. Interpretation services are also offered 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 July 29, 2015. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA's Central America Trade Specialist Gabriel Prado at

, (601) 359-9406, or by fax at (601) 359-2116. Interested parties can also visit

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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