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MDA to Lead Business Development Mission to South Africa

Jackson, Miss. (January 9, 2015) – Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to South Africa from March 23-27, 2015. The trip is designed to connect Mississippi businesses that want to expand trade and create new business relationships with qualified buyers in the country. It will include stops in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

“The South African trade mission is a cost-effective opportunity for Mississippi businesses interested in developing or expanding trade in the country to make connections with prospective buyers and generate new investment through international trade,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “This region of South Africa is Mississippi’s top export location in Africa, and it is a logical gateway for companies looking to do business in that market. 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 South Africa 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 February 13, 2015. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA’s African Trade Specialist Aggie Sikora at 601.359.2952 or asikora@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.