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May 11, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR TO HOST U.S.-CHINA TRADE FORUM IN JACKSON

Governor Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), along with the U.S. – China Chamber of Commerce and the Changzhou Municipal Government, will host “Changzhou Meets Mississippi: Trade and Investment Forum” on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson.

The forum will provide Mississippi business representatives the opportunity to meet and network with executives and political leaders from Changzhou, China, who will be visiting the state to explore investment and trade opportunities.

“The delegation from China will consist of representatives from many sectors, including the aviation, automotive, telecommunications, biotechnology and energy industries,” Governor Barbour said. “This event will present a wonderful opportunity to Mississippi businesses that are interested in learning more about expanding into the Chinese market.”

Speakers at the forum will include Governor Barbour, Gray Swoope, executive director of MDA, Siva Yam, president of the U.S. – China Chamber of Commerce, Pan Dongling, director of the Changzhou Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Han Jiuyun, vice mayor of the Changzhou Government and Thomas Zhang, director of the Changzhou International Investment Promotion Center. A representative from the Chinese Consulate General in Houston will also speak during the event.

During a session entitled “Case Studies of Successful Foreign Investment in Mississippi,” company representatives from Severstal, PSL North America and PACCAR will share their first-hand knowledge of foreign investment in the state.

“The Chinese firms that will be in attendance represent billions of dollars in potential investment opportunities, and I encourage anyone interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity to attend this event,” said Gray Swoope. “The forum will provide useful information and unique networking opportunities for Mississippi businesses looking to do business in China.”

Mississippi business representatives seeking more information or wanting to register can call (601) 359-3155, or e-mail [email protected]