Minnesota Mission to South America Detailed Event Information For Minnesota Mission to South America
Minnesota Mission to South America -- Agricultural Machinery & Eq., Biotechnology, Construction Eq., Computers/Peripherals, Electronic Components, Electrical Power Systems, Foods - Processed, Food Processing/Packaging Eq., Medical Eq., Water Resources Eq./Services
Location/Date: Sao Paulo, Brazil 12/06/2009 - 12/11/2009
Event Summary:
Governor Tim Pawlenty will lead a delegation of Minnesota business leaders to South America in December to expand the state's trade relationship with our Western Hemisphere partners. The delegation will visit two of the most promising emerging markets on the continent – Brazil and Chile – but the mission is intended to focus attention on all of South America.

With a combined population exceeding that of the United States, the twelve countries of South America offer significant economic opportunities for Minnesota exporters. Other compelling reasons to consider South America include:

- Better GDP growth rate than the U.S.

- Trade–dependent economies

- Improved commercial infrastructure

- Improved political climate

- Increased consumer purchasing power

- Significant economic prospects

Visit the Trade Office website for additional details on “Why South America.” http://www.exportminnesota.com/TradeMissions.htm


Contacts:
Valerie Henderson, Santiago
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 56/2/2330-3316
Valerie.Henderson@trade.gov
Ryan Kanne, Minneapolis
USEAC Director
Phone: 612/348-1637
Ryan.Kanne@trade.gov
Sean P. Kelley, Ottawa
Deputy Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: 613-688-5222
Sean.Kelley@trade.gov
Rachel Limon, Minnesota Trade Office

Phone: 651–259–7492
Rachel.Limon@state.mn.us
Tony Lorusso, Minnesota Trade Office

Phone: 651 259 7489
Tony.Lorusso@state.mn.us