U.S. Chamber Announces Forum on China Trade Opps for Mississippi Businesses

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Mississippi Development Authority and other local partners, will host a China Business Forum for local business owners on trade and investment opportunities in China on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Jackson.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Mississippi Development Authority and other local partners, will host a China Business Forum for local business owners on trade and investment opportunities in China on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Jackson.

Zheng Zeguang, China's deputy ambassador to the U.S., will deliver the luncheon keynote address. Governor Haley Barbour has also been invited to address the program participants.

U.S. Chamber representatives and other trade experts will brief attendees on the current business climate in China and the fundamentals for successfully penetrating the China market, including due diligence, finding suitable partners, sales and marketing, licensing, distribution and trading, customs clearance, and regulatory issues.

China imported approximately $631 billion in goods and services from the U.S. in 2005. Some of China's top U.S. imports include: machinery and equipment, oil and mineral fuels, plastics, optical and medical equipment, organic chemicals, iron and steel. MDA maintains a foreign office in China to assist Mississippi companies with trade opportunities.

National sponsors include AIG WorldSource and FedEx. Local sponsors include: Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi World Trade Center and MDA.

Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Dawn Mays with Mississippi Manufacturers Association at 601.948.1222 or dawn @ mma-web.org.

About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi's lead economic and community development agency. More than 250 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, MDA provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills - all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA's website at http://www.mississippi.org.

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