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Graham Catlett steps down as Chair


Chair Graham Catlett, center, was recently recognized for his contribution to ArDEC as he stepped down from his position and was succeeded by Vice Chair William Burgess, on the left. Greg Matheny, on the right, was nominated as the new Vice Chair.


“Doing Business with Côte d'Ivoire”

November 17, 2014

Marriott Hotel

3 Statehouse Plaza

 Little Rock, AR 72201

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lunch is provided


On November 17, 2014, the World Trade Center Arkansas is proud to support a business, education and trade forum with the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire. The Arkansas District Export Council is a sponsor of this event. “Doing Business with Côte d'Ivoire” will enable business leaders, investors, educators and agricultural producers to explore the evolving political and regulatory landscape of this West African nation and to assist in developing sustainable solutions for harnessing Côte d'Ivoire resources to meet the rapid domestic growth and educational foundation in the country and the region. Arkansas and Côte d'Ivoire have a shared interest in expanding and developing strong agricultural growth and trade.

Côte d'Ivoire government officials participating are prepared to move forward and will describe the country’s market entry in industry sectors, agribusiness, and consumer goods. Attendees will be informed of recent and anticipated developments that will impact where—and how—to develop new business opportunities in Côte d'Ivoire.


You must RSVP by October 31, 2014 as space is limited:

Denise Thomas: deniset@uark.edu or 479-418-4821

January 20-23 2015, Las Vegas, NV


The upcoming Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show©)  is the World’s largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting, and law enforcement industries. SHOT will be held January 20-23 2015, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For information on free business matchmaking services available to U.S. exhibitors to help your business connect with foreign buyers during SHOT, please visit http://export.gov/california/irvine/events/SHOT/index.asp


Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series: Sub-Saharan Africa

November 5-6 2014, Atlanta GA

   This premier business conference will help you to transform market potential to market success. The two-day Discover Global Markets: Sub-Saharan Africa conference has been designed for US executives who want to explore new export market development strategies, innovative tools to promote competitiveness and success, and the dynamic and emerging markets of Sub-Saharan Africa.


   Discover Global Markets: Sub-Saharan Africa will feature high-ranking U.S. government officials, visiting U.S. commercial diplomats posted to U.S. Embassies throughout Sub_Saharan Africa, and international business leaders from the private sector. Experts on trade finance, market entry strategies, risk mitigation, and a broad array of industry sectors, including oil and gas, agribusiness, healthcare, informaiton technology, franchising, and consumer goods, will alert attendees to recent and anticipated developments that will impact where - and how - to develop new business opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Useful Links for Exporters Interested in Russia and Ukraine

Below are some relevant links pertaining to the export of goods and services to those areas affected by economic sanctions in Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia:

Lists of Parties of Concern (BIS).




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