Trade Missions Schedule

Mexico Virtual Trade Mission l Virtual l November 2021
Mexico's $1.3 trillion economy is the 15th largest in the world and the second largest in Latin America. Additional reasons to consider exporting to this country are that with $9.3 billion in exports in 2019,  Mexico is Illinois' second largest export market. Mexico is the main door to the Latin America and the Caribbean market for U.S. exporters. The United States has a Free Trade Agreement with Mexico (the USMCA) that facilitates doing business in this country, and makes it a natural market for first-time or expanding exporters. Participants will receive promotion to companies within their sector and pre-arranged B2B meetings.
Contact: Chris Sedgwick l chris.sedgwick@illinois.gov l 312-204-9480

Export to China Week: Multisector Virtual B2B Matchmaking l Virtual l November 8 – 12, 2021
The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) is hosting a weeklong virtual program in November to help Illinois companies grow their exports to China. Participating companies will meet virtually with pre-vetted distributors and agents across all industry sectors.  As Illinois exporters seek alternatives to trade shows, OTI strives to offer opportunities for export growth despite the challenges of the global pandemic. Last year alone, Illinois exported $3 Billion to China, its third largest export market.
Contact: Zhigang Ren l zhigang.ren@illinpis.gov

Colombia Virtual Trade Mission l Virtual l November 9 – 11, 2021
Colombia is becoming one of Latin America's most attractive destinations for international exporters and investors. With the fourth largest economy in Latin America, Colombia has seen significant security improvements and steady economic growth in recent years. Illinois exports to Colombia totaled $520 million in 2018, a 91.6% increase since 2009. Colombia is Illinois' 22nd largest export market and the Colombian economy has a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers as well as diversifying industries. The United States has a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia that bolsters the exchange of merchandise. Participants will receive promotion to companies within their sector and pre-arranged B2B meetings.
Contact: Chris Sedgwick l chris.sedgwick@illinois.gov l 312-204-9480

Arab Heath l Dubai, UAE l January 24 – 27, 2022
Arab Health brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the globe. The exhibition offers an ideal environment for Illinois companies from all segments of the healthcare industry, to showcase their products in one of the fastest and most lucrative markets in the world. This show brings the world's leading healthcare manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, tradesmen, organizations and professionals together with some of the most important and influential decision makers in the Arab world.
Contact: Sam Ntum l sam.ntum@illinois.gov | 312-520-3792 

Mobile World Congress l Barcelona, Spain l February 28 – March 3, 2022
Mobile World Congress is the world's largest annual gathering for the communication and information technology industry. 2,400 exhibitors and over 107,000 attendees from 200 countries are expected at this show. This trade show presents a unique opportunity for Illinois' companies that manufacture mobile information and communication technology components and devices, as well as systems, applications and software developers to launch new products to a global audience.
Contact: Iwona Bochenska l iwona.bochenska@illinois.gov l 312-519-4981 

Singapore Water l Singapore l April 17 – 21, 2022
The Water Convention is a platform for gathering professionals and technology providers from around the world to share their knowledge, practical experiences and novel technologies to address the current and emerging water challenges. The Water Convention technical program focuses on spurring knowledge sharing, fruitful discussions and engaging debates among water leaders and practitioners through high quality presentations on technological innovations, management strategies and best practices.
Contact: Lauro Arias l lauro.arias@illinois.gov l 312-848-7580 

IE Expo l Shanghai, China l April 20 – 22, 2022
As Asia's leading environmental show, IE expo China offers an effective business and networking platform accompanied by first-class technical-scientific conference program. China is the largest and fastest growing emerging market for environmental technology. It is estimated that China will invest nearly $1.3 – 1.6 trillion in the environmental industry in the coming years. China's industry has sustained a 20 percent annual growth rate and is expected to advance towards 30 percent in the near future.
Contact: Mary Ma | maryma@ilchinaoffice.com

 

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