As we mentioned in our previous NDTO News article Relationship between North Dakota and Ghana Grows, the West African country of Ghana is an emerging hot spot of opportunity for U.S. companies. The 2011 National Food and Agriculture Show (FAGRO), Ghana’s only national agriculture fair, will be held Oct. 7-16 in Accra. FAGRO 2011 will create a powerful platform for companies who want to enter or develop their business in the rapidly-growing West African marketplace.
Eight North Dakota companies, representing the manufacturing, service and education industries, participated in the latest ExporTech™ session (for confidentiality reasons, we are not disclosing the company names). Over the course of 12 weeks they learned firsthand from regional experts in export strategy and planning, capacity building, market selection, marketing, financing, contracts, transportation, and intellectual property protection.
Seven members of the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association are making life a little better for children in Guatemala. On Friday, August 12, 2011 the group loaded 88,000 lbs of soybeans into shipping containers to start the 2000-plus-mile trip from Moorhead, Minnesota to the Central American country. Members of the NFGSA met at SK Food Specialty Processing facility to donate more than 190 30-kg bags of soybeans each for a joint World Soy Foundation and Food for the Poor “SoyCow” project.
If you were in Fargo last week you may have noticed a Naval presence; flight simulators available to the public, men and women in uniform around town, and the Blue Angles over head. Navy Week is also an opportunity for representatives of this military branch to reach out and talk with civilians about how the Navy affects their daily lives.
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Come to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo this September and you may hear Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish and Portuguese being spoken as business deals are being made. It’s the site of the 2011 Big Iron Farm Show which draws visitors from six continents to North Dakota every year.
The North Dakota Trade Office executive director Dean Gorder is back from a week in the central African country of Ghana. The trade mission was based on an invitation by North Dakota’s Adjutant General, Major General David Sprynczynatyk. While the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) and the Ghanaian military already have a good working relationship, Major General Sprynczynatyk is looking for assistance in building stronger business connections between the two regions.
If you haven’t been able to attend a NDTO Trade Talk, we encourage you to do so. The presentations are educational and filled with the information on what you need to know to be a successful exporter. If you’re still not convinced, here is what Roger Gussiaas, the 2010 North Dakota Exporter of the Year, has to say about a recent talk he attended:
The recent trip to North Dakota by the Kazakhstan Ambassador to the U.S. is being called a success. Earlier this month, Ambassador Erlan A. Idrissov traveled to the state with a goal to bolster the number of North Dakota businesses and industries doing business with Kazakhstan.
Planning is underway for the upcoming Vietnam/Indonesia trade mission. The North Dakota Trade Office will lead companies to Southeast Asia November 30 – December 7, 2011. The first stop will be in Jakarta, Indonesia with a reception at the U.S. Embassy November 30, 2011. The second leg of the trip will be in Vietnam, with a reception December 5, 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City. NDTO Director of International Management Mark Johnson is very optimistic about this mission, “Both economies are doing well and growing, and both have decent trade relations with the United States as well as a strong interest in North Dakota products.”