MDA to Lead Business Development Mission to Mexico


Jackson, Miss. (August 19, 2014) – Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a multi-industry business development mission to Mexico from Nov. 2-8, 2014. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses that want to expand trade and create new business relationships with qualified buyers in the region, and it will include stops in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán.
“The trade mission to Mexico will be an efficient, cost-effective way for Mississippi businesses to develop or expand existing trade in Mexico. As one of the state’s top trade partners, robust opportunities exist in Mexico for Mississippi companies operating in a wide range of industries, said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “I encourage businesses interested in export sales to make plans to join the Mississippi delegation on this business development mission.”
The best prospects for U.S. exporters in Mexico exist in the oil and gas, agribusiness, automotive parts and supplies, energy, housing and construction, security and safety equipment, and transportation and infrastructure equipment sectors.
MDA works with qualified potential buyers, distributors and business representatives from Mexico 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.
Financial support may be available for qualified Mississippi businesses that participate in the trip through the U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Mississippi State Trade Export Promotion if funds are awarded for FY2015. The 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 covered at 75 percent, 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 Sept. 5, 2014. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA’s Latin America Trade Specialist Gabriel Prado at 601.359.9406 or 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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