Dept. of Commerce: Announces Trade Mission to Vietnam

Mary Regel, 608/266-1767

MADISON – Businesses interested in addressing Vietnam’s water treatment, remediation, and pollution control challenges should join the Department of Commerce (Commerce) trade mission to Vietnam Oct. 30 – Nov. 6, 2004 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“The trade mission to Vietnam will give the Wisconsin environmental business community the chance to travel to Vietnam and create a stronger economic and environmental connection,” said Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles. “Vietnam presents a variety of business opportunities and particularly for companies focusing on water treatment and pollution control processes and products.”

During the mission, businesses will visit sites of ongoing and pending environmental products and gain first-hand insights on the Vietnamese market for U.S. environmental goods and services. They will be briefed by embassy and consulate officials and have meetings with key Vietnam government officials. One-on-one business meetings will also be available.

The mission is sponsored by a grant from Commerce and the Council of State Government/United States-Asia Environmental Partnership. Up to five companies will be able to attend. The mission fee is $1,800 and includes roundtrip coach airfare from Madison to Vietnam, hotel accommodations and meals, most local transportation, in-country group translation, and cultural assistance.

All environmental sector companies are welcome to apply for the mission, but primary consideration will be given to those applicants that demonstrate a capacity to contribute to Vietnam’s water treatment, remediation, and pollution control challenges.

In the first four months of 2004, Wisconsin’s exports to Vietnam grew by 93.4 percent over the same period in 2003. In 2003, Wisconsin firms exported $9.7 million worth of products to Vietnam. That was a 15.3 percent increase over 2002.

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 6 at 2:00 p.m. Additional information and application materials can be obtained from Beng Yeap, Commerce, 608/266-1480 or or Christine Stamm, Commerce, 608/264-7824 or