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State offers sponsorship of Indo-Pacific business forum

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New Mexico companies interested in participating in an Indo-Pacific trade forum might be eligible for state sponsorship.

The Office of International Trade, part of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce, is sponsoring interested New Mexico companies for the Trade Winds Forum Indo-Pacific Region from April 20-27.

So far, 105 U.S. companies have signed up for the event. Sponsorship funds for the program will cover the entire $4,600 entry fee through a State of New Mexico, SBA State Trade Expansion Program grant.

The forum will allow New Mexico companies to have pre-arranged meetings with pre-screened, pre-qualified potential buyers in their choice of five markets. Participating companies can select business meetings in either Tokyo or Vietnam from April 20-22, followed by a business forum in Hong Kong, April 22-24. They then can choose pre-arranged business meetings in either Korea and Thailand from April 25-27.

Additional information on the Trade Winds Asia-Pacific Forum may be found at https://live.eventtia.com/en/tradewinds2020/Home.

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The SBA application forms are available by contacting Edward Herrera at the EDD Office of International Trade, 505-827-0315, Edward.Herrera@state.nm.us. Sponsorship requests must be submitted by Feb. 14.

Businesses can register for the Trade Winds Forum through Robert Queen, director, U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) in El Paso, Texas, 915-629-6971, Robert.Queen@trade.gov.

Forum registration deadline is March 5.

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