BALTIMORE, MD (April 2019) – A week-long trade and diplomatic mission to India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka led by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce will feature fourteen Maryland-based firms. The Trade Winds Indo-Pacific trade mission focuses on building business connections between U.S. and Indian firms and increasing investment between the two countries. Participating companies also have the opportunity to travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to expand their connections and sales in the broader Indo-Pacific Region. Commerce Assistant Secretary for Global Markets Ian Steff and Commerce Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs will accompany the delegation.
“It’s always exciting to have the opportunity to showcase Maryland’s diverse and talented companies on an international level,” said Colleen Fisher, Director of U.S. Commercial Service Baltimore. “Events like Trade Winds allow our team to put Maryland on display and show how our advanced companies – which sell products ranging from environmental solutions to defense technologies –provide solutions across the globe.”
The fourteen Maryland companies traveling to Trade Winds are:
“The potential for growth in U.S.-India trade is enormous given the size of our economies,” said Kenneth I. Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India. “Exports of U.S. goods and services to India reached $58.9 billion in 2018. I look forward to hearing of future successes from the companies taking part in Trade Winds.”
The Maryland companies will also meet with U.S. commercial diplomats from throughout the Indo-Pacific region to develop a strategy to penetrate the broader Asian markets. Several of the companies attending Trade Winds were awarded ExportMD grants from Maryland Commerce.
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