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Seminar support drive to boost business between Wales and USA

The first stage of a drive to increase business between Wales and the USA gets underway this week with a high level seminar in Cardiff in partnership with the US Embassy and Virginia’s Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.
Tuesday 26 June 2012

The event – Doing Business in the US - will highlight and promote the benefits and opportunities as well as the key areas to consider when undertaking business in the US.

Organised by the Welsh Government in partnership with South Wales Chamber of Trade, the seminar on Friday June 29 will be attended by Business Minister Edwina Hart who has welcomed the collaboration.

She said:

"The US represents the largest single export market for Wales and is hugely important for Welsh businesses across all sectors.  We value our business links with the US and regard our relationship with key business representatives as critical to working together to support and stimulate economic growth.

"This partnership approach will help develop a strategically targeted approach to help businesses maximise opportunities to trade internationally.

"The seminar comes ahead of a major Welsh Government led trade mission to Washington in September and I am pleased to say we have been working closely with the US Embassy, Fairfax County, South Wales Chamber of Trade and the British Embassy to establish key business contacts and networks in advance of the mission."

The Minister added she hoped companies would take advantage of the trade mission to increase business with the States.

Andrew Williams, Commercial Specialist at the US Embassy, and Dr Gerald L Gordon, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, will address the seminar together with Graham Morgan, Director of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce.

The FCEDA promotes Fairfax County as one of the world's best business locations.  Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time” and Site Selection magazine named the FCEDA one of the top 10 economic development groups in North America.  Currently 75 UK companies have chosen to make the county their base for US operations.

Dr Gordon said;

"There are tremendous opportunities to expand business between Wales and the US, and Fairfax County is delighted to be part of this event to help companies get started."

A number of Wales based companies will also talk of their experience of trading, exporting and working in the US.  The seminar will take place at St David’s Hotel & Spa, Cardiff Bay and up to 100 delegates from across Wales are expected to attend



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