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MDA to lead Development Mission to India

Jackson, Mississippi — February 7, 2017 — Mississippi companies wanting to initiate or expand trade with business prospects in India are invited to join a Mississippi delegation on a business development mission May 1-9, 2017.

“The business development mission to India is an efficient way for Mississippi companies across a variety of industries to access this expanding, lucrative market,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We encourage those interested in growing their business through trade with India to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

A gateway to Southeast Asian markets, India boasts a fast-growing economy with one of the world’s largest youth populations. India is also the third-largest economy in the world when gross domestic product is measured in terms of purchasing power. It is the seventh-largest economy in the world when GDP is measured in nominal terms.

The trip is open to all Mississippi-based companies with trade potential in India. Prior to the business development mission, MDA works with pre-screened qualified potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners from India to arrange one-on-one business appointments. After the trip, MDA works with Mississippi companies to capitalize on opportunities resulting from the development mission.

Grant assistance is available to eligible businesses to defray costs associated with participation. Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Mississippi State Trade Expansion Program reimburses eligible businesses up to 50 percent of travel costs, including airfare, lodging and per diem. Additional services include scheduled appointments with qualified buyers covered at 75 percent, free pre-mission market research and business potential assessment and a customized itinerary and logistical support.  

Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is recommended. The deadline to register is March 3, 2017. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA’s Asia-Pacific Trade Manager Courtney Helfrich at (601) 359-3618 or chelfrich@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.