MDA’s International Trade Office is committed to fostering long-term economic growth, job creation, and the globalization of the state’s economy. MDA’s trade specialists provide business assistance – including educational, marketing, and referral services – to small- and medium-sized companies aspiring to sell products and services outside the United States.
More than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. In today’s global economy, many of the business opportunities that exist are in international markets.
MDA’s International Trade Office receives the President’s “E” Award for Export Service.
The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
The International Trade Office at the MDA provides business assistance to small- and medium-sized companies looking to sell their products and services internationally. In addition to the agency’s international trade managers in Jackson, MDA maintains a network of overseas offices that provide a broad range of in-market services to Mississippi firms and facilitates foreign direct investment.
Through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)-funded Mississippi State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), MDA can offer small businesses financial assistance to help defray many of the costs associated with exporting for the first time or with exporting to new international markets.
STEP can reimburse eligible Mississippi businesses for some of the costs associated with participating in trade missions, business-to-business matchmaking trips and other international business development activities.
Our team provides travel support, market research, industry briefings, and meeting coordination for international trade missions, allowing exporters the opportunity to meet with prospective foreign buyers at minimal expense. MDA works with partners such as the U.S. Commercial Service to pre-qualify buyers, distributors and other business representatives.Overall Trade Mission
For businesses interested in exporting their products and services and looking for more information, MDA holds workshops and seminars for exporters and importers in locations around Mississippi. Seminars cover market-specific topics and provide technical information on all aspects of the international business process.
Comprehensive guides on all aspects of exporting and importing are available to Mississippi businesses through MDA’s International Trade Office.Trade Finance Guide
The International Trade Division helps Mississippi companies improve their business prospects through international trade. Staff provides international business training, technical export assistance, and sponsors a variety of international trade missions.
Chief Economic Development Officer
Europe, Africa, Middle East Trade Manager
Vickie Watters Martin
Canada Trade Manager and General Trade
Asia and Pacific Trade Manager
MDA’s international offices support the state’s international marketing efforts and enhance the work of both the trade and investment recruitment programs. Representatives are located in Santiago, Chile; Yokohama, Japan; and Seoul, Korea.
Orlando Diaz , Director
Mississippi Development Authority
South American Office
Alcantara 200, Piso 6, Las Condes
Telephone: (+56-2) 2369 5653
Cell: (+56-9) 9335 6378
Yukio Kobayashi , Director
State of Mississippi Japan Representative Office
6th Floor, Yokohama World Porters
2-1, Shinkou 2-Chome, Naka-ku
Telephone: (81.45) 222.2047
Seok Soon “SS” Cho , Chief Representative
State of Mississippi Korea Representative Office
Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, (Champs Elysees Center)