Multi-Industry Business Development Mission to Ireland, United Kingdom

Jackson, Mississippi — January 11, 2018 — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a multi-sector business development mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom from April 16-20. Mississippi companies interested in expanding or initiating trade in these markets are invited to participate.

“By joining the state’s delegation on trade mission to Ireland and the U.K., companies will have the opportunity to develop relationships in some of the largest economies in the world while gaining key access to other European markets,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr.

Ireland is a strategic gateway in to the European market and boasts the fastest growing economy in Europe. The country, which has one of the most open FDI and export-driven economies in the world, is expected to have a five percent growth rate in 2018.

The U.K. has the sixth largest economy in the world and second largest in the European Union. The country is a major international trading power, serving as an entry market into the EU for more than 43,000 U.S. exporters.

The following sectors represent the best opportunities for Mississippi companies looking to enter the Ireland and U.K. markets: aerospace products, agricultural products, biomass, cyber security, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, electric machinery, electronic products, energy, medical equipment, paper and paperboard, pumps, pet products, safety and security, smart grids, sustainable construction and water.

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 100 percent and free pre-mission market research and business potential assessment.

Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is recommended. The deadline to register is February 16. For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact MDA’s European Manager 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.

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