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Trade and Investment opportunities in the Pan-European Marketplace

Category: Luncheons
Date(s) and Time(s): Thursday, Feb 21, 2002, 03:00 AM - Thursday, Feb 21, 2002, 03:00 AM
Venue: Mei Garden Chinese restaurant
Address: 533 Ocean Blvd
City / State / Country: Santa Cruz / CA / US
Organizer / Promoter: MBITA
Phone: 831-469-0148
Fax: 831-469-0917
URL: http://www.mbita.org
Description: The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) (www.mbita.org), a non-profit public/private partnership dedicated to promoting small to mid-sized businesses in the global marketplace and its public-sector partner, the Monterey Export Assistance Center (EAC) (www.usatrade.gov) will be conducting a Santa Cruz chapter luncheon meeting on ¡®Trade and Investment opportunities in the Pan-European marketplace¡¯. The luncheon is scheduled Thursday February 21st at Mei Garden Chinese restaurant, Santa Cruz.


LIEVE MERTENS, Director of Business development for the Flanders Foreign Investment Office (FIFO) (www.ffio.com) of Belgium, the northern region of Belgium, will be giving a presentation on why Belgium is the location of choice for companies seeking a central location in Europe with a very productive and multi-lingual workforce. FIFO has experience in assisting companies with various activities (Pan-European distribution centers, Headquarters, Research centers, Service centers, Call centers) in various sectors (Automobiles, Automotive Subcontracting, Chemicals, Life Sciences, Information Technology). FIFO services include network facilitation with other companies, associations and the government; calculation of incentives and grants and assistance with application procedure; assistance with real estate identification and general assistance with expansion plans.

MICHAEL LIKALA, Senior Commercial Officer for the Foreign Commercial Service USDOC in Madrid, Spain (www.usatrade.gov) will give a presentation on how to conduct business with Spain. The world¡¯s 12th largest economy is also the fastest growing economy of all industrialized nations. The IT industry in Spain represents Europe's fastest growing Computer and Telcom sectors. The environmental industry has been estimated to receive a mandatory investment of at least $4.8 billion by 2005. Spain is also the 5th largest auto producing nation in the world. The medical sector claims $1.6 billion of imports (U.S. is #1 importer). The Infrastructure Master Plan calls for $57 billion in investment for construction projects through 2007.

Date: February 21, 2002 (Friday)
Time: 11:30 a.m. registration, Noon lunch to 1:30pm
Place: Mei Garden Chinese restaurant, 533 Ocean Blvd., Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060



MBITA (www.mbita.org)
Cristina Polesel
Tel. (831) 469-0148
email: cristina@mbita.org

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