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Meeting One-on-One with Pennsylvania's International Trade Representatives

Nov 01, 2014 09:00AM ● By Kevin

Individuals from 38 area companies ─ 52 people ─ participated in SEDA-COG's Central Pennsylvania International Trade Conference earlier this month in State College. They met one-on-one with Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives from countries and regions around the globe. In all, 204 such meetings took place.

The event, which is held annually, drew a larger than average attendance, according to Noelle Long, Director, SEDA-COG Export Development program. "About a third of the companies were new to the event," she said. Among participating companies were those representing such services and industries as software, outdoor furniture, horse feed, wood products, and higher education. Three colleges took part.

The 17 Trade Representatives at SEDA-COG's Conference serve 40 unique international markets and, according to Ms. Long, all 17 were busy throughout the day. "The most requested meetings," she said, "were with Brazil's Representative, followed by the United Kingdom, then Canada, India, and Australia." That varies from year to year, and generally depends on market, economic, and political conditions within a country. This year, however, there was another consideration.

Due to a 20-percent reduction in Pennsylvania's world trade budget, five Trade Representatives were unable to participate in the conference and meet with companies. Among them were Representatives from China and Germany.

Santander and National Penn Bank were among key sponsors of the Trade Conference. Others included McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, M&T Bank, Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC), Fulton International Group, and the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development (OIBD).

The Trade Conference was funded in part by OIBD under World Trade PA, which is coordinated through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The Conference was part of Pennsylvania International Week. Similar events were held throughout the Commonwealth.

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