East Africa Trade Mission to Grow Trade, Business, Tourism for Arkansas

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ROGERS, Ark. – The World Trade Center Arkansas is inviting Arkansas companies on a trade mission to Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia from Jan. 20 to Feb. 1 to grow bilateral trade and tourism opportunities for the state, grow international sales and build partnerships. Companies that are interested in joining this trade mission for business-to-business meetings can visit arwtc.org/africa2019 to complete an initial interest form.

“The United Nations now sees Africa as the world’s next economic frontier,” said Denise Thomas, director of Africa and Middle East trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas. “Africa is rapidly growing, and our trade mission is the perfect opportunity for Arkansas companies to take advantage of this dynamic region.”

Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest growing countries in the world and U.S. trade with Africa tripled over the past 10 years. The International Monetary Fund also projects sub-Saharan African economies to grow between 5 and 6 percent annually.

“As economic development increases, we can expect to see a similar situation as we have with China over the past two decades: a growing middle class with consumers hungry for American products,” Thomas said. “We’re emphasizing travel and tourism in this mission because it’s a strong, fast-growing sector in Arkansas and Africa. Tourism also serves as a strong catalyst for future economic development.”

The East Africa Trade Mission 2019 hopes to position Arkansas companies and travel agents before buyers, businesses and government officials to establish partnerships and networks needed to increase their exports and grow their business.

Companies will be expected to pay for their travel upon registration. The World Trade Center Arkansas will offer consultations and conduct research for participating companies to determine potential business opportunities and arrange business-to-business meetings for no charge.

For more details, information or to learn how to join this trade mission, visit arwtc.org/africa2019 or contact Thomas at deniset@uark.edu.

About the World Trade Center Arkansas: The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. The Center is part of the University of Arkansas Office of Economic Development and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to the World Trade Center Arkansas newsletter.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Denise Thomas, Director of Africa and Middle East Trade
World Trade Center Arkansas
479-418-4821, deniset@arwtc.org

Sam Cushman, Strategic Communications and Public Information
World Trade Center Arkansas
479-418-4803, scushman@arwtc.org

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