Undersecretary Lago to Lead Trade Mission to Central America

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2022
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WASHINGTON – Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago will lead a trade mission of 32 U.S. companies to Central America from August 18-22 to promote U.S. exports to the region and strengthen bilateral trade relations.

The Trade mission and business conference in Central America will bring together US companies with pre-qualified distributors, sales representatives and other potential partners in six Central American markets: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. Under Secretary Lago will deliver a keynote address at the Central American Business Conference, to be held in San José, Costa Rica, where U.S. business representatives will participate in region-specific sessions and one-on-one consultations to gain market insights and refine business strategies.

During her trip, Undersecretary Lago will meet with President Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica and other Central American government officials to strengthen bilateral trade relations, offer mutual economic opportunities, and advocate for U.S. exporters. Under Secretary Lago will also raise on behalf of American businesses and workers key issues affecting trade in the region, including the removal of trade barriers; implement transparent business, regulatory and sourcing practices; ensuring effective trade facilitation; and expanding opportunities for American technology solutions.

“Central America is home to crucial export markets that provide immense opportunities for American businesses and workers in all sectors,” Under Secretary Lago said. “I look forward to supporting our exporters and their workers, advocating for a stronger business environment, and ensuring that the benefits of trade are more widely and equitably distributed across the United States and Central America.”

While in Central America, Under Secretary Lago will also meet with representatives of private industry – including the American Chamber of Commerce and local chambers of commerce – in Honduras and Costa Rica to discuss challenges and opportunities for businesses and their workers in the region.

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About the International Trade Administration
The US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is the primary resource for US businesses competing in the global marketplace. ITA has more than 2,200 employees who help US exporters in more than 100 US cities and 75 markets around the world. For more information on ATI, visit www.trade.gov.

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