MDA to lead international trade mission to Central America

Brent Christensen

Brent Christensen

JACKSON — Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to Central America from June 9-13.

The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses that want to expand trade and create new business relationships with qualified buyers. The mission includes stops in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“This trade mission is a cost-effective option for Mississippi businesses interested in developing a market for export to Central America or expanding existing trade in the region. The U.S. is the largest trade partner to Central America, and the free trade agreement in place between the U.S. and Central America, CAFTA, allows Mississippi exports to enter the region duty-free,” said MDA executive director Brent Christensen. “The opportunities for Mississippi businesses in Central America are abundant, and I encourage firms interested in export sales to make plans to join the Mississippi delegation.”

MDA works with qualified potential buyers, distributors and business representatives from Central America 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 and lodging, and provides interpretation services at no cost. Additional services include scheduled appointments with qualified prospects, local transportation assistance and a customized itinerary.

Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is recommended. The deadline to register is April 4.

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.

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