Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
July 2004
Wisconsin Environmental Trade Mission to Vietnam Set

Thanks to an Immediate Response Grant (IRG) from the Council of State Government's State Environmental Initiative, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce is organizing a trade mission to Vietnam October 30 -November 6th 2004. Grant funding will permit the department to introduce Vietnam's environmental challenges to Wisconsin solution providers. Significant costs for up to five Wisconsin environmental companies to send one company representatives on a one-week trip to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) will be defrayed by the grant.

During the mission participants will receive support from Wisconsin Department of Commerce staff. They will be briefed by embassy and consulate officials and have meetings with key Vietnam government officials. Mission participants will visit sites of ongoing and pending environmental projects, and gain first-hand insights on the Vietnamese market for U.S. environmental goods and services. Optional matchmaking services from the embassy are also available. Wisconsin Department of Commerce staff will also provide follow-up assistance after the mission.

While all environmental sector companies are welcome to apply for this activity, primary consideration will be given to those applicants that demonstrate a capacity to contribute to Vietnam's water treatment, remediation, and pollution control challenges. Technology demonstrations and special workshops conducted by Wisconsin representatives are examples of potential activities that can be included in our agenda.

The mission fee is $1,800 and includes roundtrip coach airfare from Madison to Vietnam, hotel accommodations/meals for 8 days/7 nights, most local transportation, in-country translation (group), and cultural assistance. This is considerably less than the cost for an individual business traveler's trip to Vietnam.

In the first four months of 2004, the state's exports to Vietnam have grown by 93.4% over the same time period last year. In 2003 Wisconsin firms exported 9,718,766 worth of products to Vietnam. That was a 15.3% increase over 2002.

The application deadline is Friday, July 30th, 2004 at 2:00 pm. Additional information or application materials can be obtained from Beng Yeap, phone: (608) 266-1480, e-mail: byeap@commerce.state.wi.us or Christine Stamm: phone: (608) 264-7824, e-mail: cstamm@commerce.state.wi.us.

-- Stanley Pfrang

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