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World Trade Center Arkansas Speaks at 2017 Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Summit

March 15, 2017 – The World Trade Center Arkansas spoke at Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Summit in Hot Springs from March 14 – 16. The summit, led by the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance, featured business-to-business breakout sessions with companies like Lockheed Martin and Dassault Falcon Jet.

Melvin Torres, Director of Latin American Trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas gave a presentation that highlighted significant trends in trade and emphasized the importance of the aerospace industry for Arkansas and Latin America. Torres also spoke about the FAMEX aerospace fair that the World Trade Center Arkansas will be leading a trade mission to in April.

“In terms of the dollar value for exports, aerospace is Arkansas’ biggest industry,” Torres said. “This past year Arkansas exported well over a billion dollars in civilian aircraft engines and parts. By attending this summit we were able to provide valuable information to aerospace industry leaders and underscore their importance to the state of Arkansas.

The World Trade Center Arkansas was also a sponsor for the summit. Guests included Senor Roldofo Quilantan-Arenas, Consul of Mexico in Little Rock. 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. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the World Trade Center Arkansas newsletter below.