July 5, 2018

Trish Watkins to serve as University of Arkansas Staff Senate Chair

July 2, 2018
Dan Rutstein, the Regional Director for the West Coast-Central U.S. and the Head of Investment for the U.S. at the British Consulate General in Los Angeles delivers an informative briefing on Brexit and U.S.-U.K. relations at the World Trade Center Arkansas on Friday, June 29.

World Trade Center Arkansas Hosts UK Officials for Brexit Update

June 27, 2018
Members from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s (AEDC) overseas Global Business Development team met with the World Trade Center Arkansas (WTCAR) officials in Rogers.

AEDC Global Business Development Team Visits World Trade Center Arkansas

June 25, 2018
Four representatives of IBG Global, an international association of business consulting firms, met with the World Trade Center Arkansas (WTCAR) team Monday morning in Rogers

IBG Global Visits World Trade Center Arkansas

June 18, 2018

Report Finds World Trade Centers Build Global Connections, Fuel Local Growth

June 8, 2018

Board Member Angela Marshall Hofmann talks trade on ‘Ozarks at Large’

World Trade Center Arkansas Board of Advisors member Angela Marhsall Hofmann, CEO of World Strategies, LLC and Deputy Director of Farmers for Free Trade gave an interview about trade, NAFTA and the new tariffs on KUAF’s Ozarks at Large on Wedensday, […]
June 1, 2018

Countries publish lists of tariffs imposed on U.S. goods

The White House announced last week that it will suspend exemptions to the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union by means of utilizing the national security clause of Section 232 of the Trade […]
May 30, 2018

Five Arkansas Companies Recognized At Governor’s Trade Awards

May 23, 2018
Participants in the Inside Export Financing Seminar watch a video about the World Trade Center Arkansas presented by Melvin Torres, Director of Western Hemisphere Trade. People interested in similar exporting resources cansubscribe to World Trade Center Arkansas emails to learn about upcoming opportunities.

Export Financing Seminars Help Arkansas Businesses, Professionals

May 21, 2018
University of Arkansas graduate Jamie Allen of Little Rock, Ark. shared her experiences and the impact of her work as an intern for the World Trade Center Arkansas on the Gateways Podcast this week.

World Trade Center intern shares experiences, impact on Gateways Podcast

May 15, 2018
The World Trade Center Arkansas (WTCAR) is expanding its partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) with a new work space at the state agency’s offices in Little Rock. “Trade is vitally important for Arkansas,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “Increasing exports of Arkansas products strengthens our economy, grows Arkansas business, and creates new employment opportunities for Arkansans. This new expansion between AEDC and the World Trade Center Arkansas will ensure that our state’s flagship trade promotion agency is further empowered to help our companies gain access to the global market.” Launched in 2007, the Center was established at the University of Arkansas (UA) to help companies in the state access global markets through comprehensive trade promotion services such as market research, consultation, foreign trade mission participation, and business-to-business meetings. The Center builds upon the efforts of its partners – Hunt Ventures, AEDC, City of Rogers, UA, and Office of the Governor – to bring together businesses and government agencies in growing international trade and strengthening the worldwide presence of Arkansas. “Trade plays an integral role in our economy and is critical to economic development,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston. “More than 350,000 jobs in Arkansas are supported by trade and foreign investment, and companies in trade-related industries tend to pay higher than those that are not.” The new office will allow the Center increased access to the entire state as it seeks to improve foreign market access and trade development, WTCAR officials said. “We offer our services to companies throughout the entire state,” said Dan Hendrix, president and CEO of WTCAR. “This new office in Little Rock will help increase our effectiveness to serve clients statewide and will initially be manned by existing, rotating trade staff.” Most exporting companies in Arkansas are small businesses, and the top markets are Canada, Mexico, France, China, and the United Kingdom. The state’s largest exporting industries are agriculture, aerospace, and transportation equipment, which combined contributed to nearly half of the $6.3 billion dollars in exports in 2017. Total exported goods and services since 2007 have reached $84 billion. The Center also builds commercial diplomacy through its regular work with officials, diplomats and business leaders from foreign countries to find opportunities for Arkansas businesses. The Center’s trade directors actively advocate on behalf of exporting Arkansas companies to officials on all levels of government. Several special guests were on hand, including Japan External Trade Organization CEO Toshinaga Hirai and Lenka Horakova, Arkansas District Export Council chairman and Honorary Consulate General of the Czech Republic. The opening of the new office coincides with the International Trade Administration’s official World Trade Month throughout May. The Center will be participating with multiple trade promotion events throughout the month such as the Trade With Africa Business Summit and the Governor’s Awards For Excellence in Global Trade. ### About Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC): Created in 1955 to make Arkansas more competitive in the post-World War II era, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) seeks to create economic opportunity by attracting higher-paying jobs, expanding and diversifying local economies in the state, increasing incomes and investment, and generating positive growth throughout The Natural State. Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner, faster and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act on corporate interests quickly and decisively. About World Trade Center Arkansas (WTCAR): The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas (WTCAR) 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 and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). For more information and valuable updates, please follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the WTCAR newsletter.

World Trade Center Arkansas opens work space in AEDC capital offices

May 11, 2018
The Trade with Africa Business Summit convened in Bentonville, Ark. on Thursday and Friday this week. The summit was convened by Nazaru CEO Toyin Umesiri who designed the summit to position Arkansas as a favorable destination for African business and political leaders looking to create new partnerships in the U.S. The World Trade Center Arkansas was a sponsor for the summit and Denise Thomas, Director of Africa and Middle East Trade for the Center served as a moderator on a panel discussing opportunities for U.S. businesses on the continent. Panel experts were Shakira Motan, the trade commissioner of the South African Consulate in Chicago and Kayode Laro, Consul General of the Nigerian Consulate in Atlanta. “The summit was a huge success,” Thomas said. “Economic development is key to elevating prosperity and ultimately encouraging bilateral trade between countries. Dozens of key decision makers will be able to take what was discussed here by experts back to their home countries in Africa and implement strategies to boost economic development through sustainable commercial practices.” Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist of the World Bank for Africa gave one of the first presentations of the summit, outlining Africa’s economic projection. Zeufack was very pleased with the summit and said it was “masterfully organized and well executed.” “Professional and key leaders committed to African development gave great insight into doing business in Africa,” he said. Many of the speakers and experts were met with applause during their presentations as they told engaging stories of success or elaborated on strategies proven to make a positive difference in creating sustainable business solutions in Africa. Scott Ford, CEO of Westrock Coffee gave the keynote address sharing the story behind the creation of Westrock Coffee and Rwanda Trading Company. Ford oriented his business venture around the idea of paying farmer the most greatest amount of money for their labor to help elevate them out of poverty. Ford also served as an advisor to Rwandan President Paul Kagame to help create a positive business environment in the country. Ford strongly stressed that three principle ingredients were required for successful economic development in Africa: no corruption, the rule of law equally applied to all and the right regulatory and tax environment. Ford’s keynote was followed by general sessions led by Donnie Smith, founder of the African Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and former CEO of Tyson Foods as well as Dale Dawson the founder of Bridge2Rwanda. Smith created ASAP to teach Africans sustainable farming practices and allows farmers to finance small chicken coops over a three years period, interest free. ASAP currently runs a feed mill and a 10,000 hen table-egg farm and will soon have a hatchery to supply better quality chickens for the growers. ASAP has already demonstrated an ability to raise the standard of living for farmers. The ultimate goal is to spread sustainable agriculture practices to counter food scarcity before Africa’s population doubles in 2050. “My mission is now to foster sustainable farming practices across the continent so that families can break the cycle of poverty and feed future generations,” Smith said. “My mission is now to foster sustainable farming practices across the continent so that families can break the cycle of poverty and feed future generations,” Smith said. Dawson launched Bridge2Rwanda to build a fellowship of globally educated leaders in Africa. It helps top high school graduates earn scholarships to study abroad, while ensuring the students return to Africa to launch their careers. The program is designed to fight the brain drain phenomena in which highly skilled, educated and intelligent people emigrate away from their home country and settle in another. Brain drain can inhibit economic development because it leads to a lack of talent and a smaller skilled workforce. Bridge2Rwanda operates on four principles to encourage foreign direct investment by developing the country's best students into future Rwandan leaders: identify promising individuals; prepare them spiritually and academically; connect them with scholarship, internship and employment opportunities; and ultimately encourage them to create new businesses, technology and infrastructure in Rwanda to increase economic prosperity. "We believe a small group of committed servant leaders with a shared vision can be a powerful force to transform their countries,” Dawson said. Many participants at the summit were highly interested in Smith’s, Ford’s and Dawson’s models for sustainable business. “Our hope is that the summit participants will use the insight from these leaders and adopt similar practices in their home countries,” Thomas said. For more information about the Trade with Africa Business Summit, visit http://www.tradewithafricabusinesssummit.com or contact Toyin Umesiri at toyin@nazaru.com or call 989-400-6711. 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.

Trade With Africa Summit Convened Global Leaders in Bentonville