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WTC-AR invites Arkansas companies to Central America trade mission

Photo by Roger W.

Jan. 19, 2017 – The World Trade Center Arkansas is inviting Arkansas businesses to join their delegation to the Trade Americas conference in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 26 – 28, 2017.

The trade mission will be an opportunity for Arkansas companies to engage in business-to-business meetings with interested buyers from seven different markets across multiple industries.

“We are encouraging any and every business in Arkansas looking to explore opportunities in Central America to join our delegation,” said Melvin Torres, Director of Latin American Trade. “They will not only have the opportunity to personally meet and build relationships with interested buyers, but they can gain market insights, meet industry contacts, plan business strategies, advance specific projects and identify potential partners.”

The business-to-business meetings will be organized by the U.S. Commercial Service and held at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica. The trade mission will begin with the Business Opportunities in Central America Conference. The focus will be on regional-specific sessions, market entry strategies, legal, logistical and trade financing resources as well as pre-arranged, one-on-one consultations with U.S. Commercial Service and State Department diplomats with regional commercial expertise.

“This is a great opportunity for U.S. companies looking to enter or expand their business across the Central America region,” said Diego Gattesco, Director of the U.S Export Assistance Center and Trade Americas Team Leader.

Companies who register can apply for the Costa Rica conference plus business-to-business meetings or for the conference, meeting and a consultation trip to one additional country from March 29 – 30. Registration closes January 31, 2017 and spaces are limited so Torres and Gattesco are urging companies wishing to join to register soon. A link to registration, a summary of fees and more details can be found here on the International Trade Administration’s website.

To join the World Trade Center Arkansas’ delegation, contact Torres at or call him at 479-418-4822. For more information about the trade mission to central America, contact Gattesco at