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Trade Missions Schedule


West Africa Multisector l Nigeria & Ghana l TBD
OTI be leading a multisector trade mission to two key markets in West Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in May 2022. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and 26th largest in the world. It is also the most populated country on the continent with over 200 million people and a vibrant and growing middle class with an appetite for US goods and services across all sectors of the economy. To continue spurring this growth, Nigeria is liberalizing its economy, promoting public-private partnerships, and encouraging strategic alliances in critical sectors of its economy. Nigeria is the key driver of international trade in the region and the gateway to 16 other countries in the region. Ghana has one of the fastest growing economies in the world with relatively diverse and abundant natural resources. There are myriad opportunities in various sectors including agriculture, construction, infrastructure, education training, mining, oil and gas equipment, cosmetic, rail, energy, healthcare, automotive and franchising. Both countries are politically stable democracies. This multisector trade mission is an excellent opportunity for Illinois companies looking to enter or expand in these markets and West Africa more broadly.

Contact: Sam Ntum l l 312-520-3792


Japan & Korea Multisector l Tokyo, Japan & Seoul, South Korea l TBD
Over the course of seven days, mission participants will attend group and customized one-on-one meetings with potential business partners. A successful trade mission lays the foundation for the identification and development of a platform for increased exports. Japan's aging population shapes demand and opportunities in various segments: medical devices and equipment, pharmaceuticals, healthcare facilities and infrastructure, including in-home care, biotechnology, healthcare information technology, safety-related products and services, robotics, leisure and travel, educational services, home delivery services, and financial services. Also: equipment related to global warming, industrial machines, cybersecurity, defense procurement and renewable energy. In South Korea, technology-intensive industries drive future growth. The industries targeted by the Korean government include: healthcare (medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology), industrial chemicals, information technology (IT) components, semi-conductor manufacturing, aerospace and defense, energy, environmental technology, and transportation (including reviving the shipbuilding industry).

Contact: Lauro Arias l l 312-848-7580

Trade Missions Earlier This Year

Mexico Virtual Trade Mission l Virtual l November 2021
Mexico's $1.3 trillion economy is the 15th largest in the world and the second largest in Latin America. Additional reasons to consider exporting to this country are that with $9.3 billion in exports in 2019,  Mexico is Illinois' second largest export market. Mexico is the main door to the Latin America and the Caribbean market for U.S. exporters. The United States has a Free Trade Agreement with Mexico (the USMCA) that facilitates doing business in this country, and makes it a natural market for first-time or expanding exporters. Participants will receive promotion to companies within their sector and pre-arranged B2B meetings.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480

Export to China Week: Multisector Virtual B2B Matchmaking l Virtual l November 8 – 12, 2021
The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) is hosting a weeklong virtual program in November to help Illinois companies grow their exports to China. Participating companies will meet virtually with pre-vetted distributors and agents across all industry sectors.  As Illinois exporters seek alternatives to trade shows, OTI strives to offer opportunities for export growth despite the challenges of the global pandemic. Last year alone, Illinois exported $3 Billion to China, its third largest export market.

Contact: Zhigang Ren l

Colombia Virtual Trade Mission l Virtual l November 9 – 11, 2021
Colombia is becoming one of Latin America's most attractive destinations for international exporters and investors. With the fourth largest economy in Latin America, Colombia has seen significant security improvements and steady economic growth in recent years. Illinois exports to Colombia totaled $520 million in 2018, a 91.6% increase since 2009. Colombia is Illinois' 22nd largest export market and the Colombian economy has a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers as well as diversifying industries. The United States has a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia that bolsters the exchange of merchandise. Participants will receive promotion to companies within their sector and pre-arranged B2B meetings.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480

Arab Health l Dubai, UAE l January 24 – 27, 2022
Arab Health brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the globe. The exhibition offers an ideal environment for Illinois companies from all segments of the healthcare industry, to showcase their products in one of the fastest and most lucrative markets in the world. This
show brings the world's leading healthcare manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, tradesmen, organizations and professionals together with some of the most important and influential decision makers in the Arab world.

Contact: Sam Ntum l l 312-520-3792

Mobile World Congress l Barcelona, Spain l February 28 – March 3, 2022
Mobile World Congress is the world's largest annual gathering for the communication and information technology industry. 2,400 exhibitors and over 107,000 attendees from 200 countries are expected
at this show. This trade show presents a unique opportunity for Illinois' companies that manufacture mobile information and communication technology components and devices, as well as systems, applications and software developers to launch new products to a global audience.

Contact: Iwona Bochenska l l 312-519-4981

SIAL l Montreal, Canada l April 20 – 22, 2022
SIAL Canada is Canada's largest trade show for retail and foodservice trade. In 2019, the show had over 900+ exhibitors from 52 different countries with over 14,000 professional visitors from more than 50 countries. Canada is the ideal market to target U.S. food exports with its close proximity, common language and similar culture. Covering every aspect of the Canadian food & beverage industry, SIAL Canada provides the perfect platform for Illinois exporters servicing institutional foodservices, restaurants, or grocery.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480


FABTECH Mexico l Monterrey, Mexico l May 3 – 5, 2022
Fabtech-AWS Weldmex – Metalform – CoaTech is the largest manufacturing event in Mexico. It is geared towards companies working in welding, metal-mechanic, manufacturing, assembly, automation, industrial machinery, equipment and tools. In 2019, 575 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and over 13,000 visitors attended, primarily from Mexico and South America. The growth of advanced manufacturing in Mexico, together with increased interest in product quality and productivity, are generating demand for diverse industrial materials, systems, machinery, equipment, tools, and services. Mexico is the second largest international trading partner of Illinois. Illinois exports to Mexico totaled $9.3 billion in 2019. Illinois has the second largest machinery output in the U.S., making this Trade Mission an ideal opportunity for Illinois companies to gain market share in Mexico and Latin America.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480


FABTECH Canada l Toronto, Canada l June 14 – 16, 2022
FABTECH Canada is Canada's largest and most comprehensive trade show for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing. Exhibitors at FABTECH Canada showcase tools, equipment and solutions for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. FABTECH Canada only happens every two years – so don't miss this chance to make new connections, strengthen your business and increase profits in Canada. FABTECH Canada is co-sponsored by American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers. (SME) and the Precision Metal forming Association (PMA). It is expected that in 2022 there will be 7000 buyers in attendance.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480


Expo Pack Mexico l Mexico City, Mexico l June 14 – 17, 2022
Expo Pack is one of the most recognized trade shows in this important sector, showcasing the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, and containers. Target industries include: Food and Beverage, Processing, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Personal Care, Containers, and Material Solutions. In 2019 Expo Pack drew over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 18,000 visitors. Mexico imported approximately $402M of packaging machinery in 2020, $95M of which is from the U.S. Mexico's overall demand for packaged goods production has increased due to changes in consumption habits, driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic and higher food sanitation standards, for food, medical, and personal care products. Illinois has the second largest machinery output in the U.S., making this Trade Mission an ideal opportunity for Illinois companies to gain market share in Mexico and Latin America.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480


Collision l Toronto, Canada l June 20 – 23, 2022
Collision is one of the world's largest tech conferences. There will be 33,000 attendees, 850+ investors, 800+ speakers, 1,250+ start-ups, 1,200+ journalists, and 120+ countries represented. Make valuable global connections and meet peers and mentors in the tech industry. Collision builds community through networking.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480

Farnborough International Airshow I Farnborough, UK I July 18 – 22, 2022
The Farnborough International Airshow is where the entire aviation and aerospace industry gathers to develop new relationships and renew existing ones. As the foremost meeting place of industry professionals in the aviation sector, Farnborough International Airshow is the world's leading platform for showcasing your business in front of a global audience. With 96 countries represented at the 2018 show, no other event connects you with such a broad range of industry players from around the world, all looking for new business opportunities.

The show offers an exciting hub for the most diverse range of exhibitors and welcomes companies from core sectors across the aerospace industry including Space, Civil, Military, Manufacturing Technology, Rotary and MRO. With US $192B of orders and commitments announced at the 2018 show, it remains the leading destination for the industry to learn, network and do business.

Sharon Stead I I 011(32)2-646-5730

Florida International Medical Equipment Show I Miami, Florida I July 27 – 29, 2022
FIME is the most important trade show for the medical device and equipment sector for the Americas. This event will have over 500 exhibiting companies and more than 10,000 attendees. Featured products will include medical equipment and devices, disposables and consumer goods, imaging and diagnostics, healthcare and general services, pharma and supplements, IT systems and solutions, and dental. This is the ideal venue to connect with distributors throughout Latin America and the Caribbean region.

With a population of over 650 million people, the Latin American and Caribbean region is a huge market for medical devices and equipment. More than 75% of the medical devices in Latin America are imported from other countries. This makes the region an excellent market to grow your exports.

Contact: Chris Sedgwick l l 312-204-9480

 IE Expo I Virtual l August 18 – 20, 2022
As Asia's leading environmental show, IE expo China offers an effective business and networking platform accompanied by first-class technical-scientific conference program. China is the largest and fastest growing emerging market for environmental technology. It is estimated that China will invest nearly $1.3 – 1.6 trillion in the environmental industry in the coming years. China's industry has sustained a 20 percent annual growth rate and is expected to advance towards 30 percent in the near future.

Contact: Mary Ma |

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