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Alabama trade mission to Africa opens doors for opportunity

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — An Alabama trade and business development mission to Africa is wrapping up after introducing business executives and international trade specialists to opportunities in a region that’s growing rapidly if unevenly.

The Alabama delegation, headed by Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, kicked off the mission in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it participated in the Trade Winds Africa Conference organized by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Trade Winds 2015, the largest-ever U.S. government trade mission to Africa, featured a business forum in South Africa and offered representatives from companies and organizations stops in seven other African nations. Alabama firms on the trade mission had scheduled meetings in Tanzania, Ghana and Mozambique.

“Feedback received from the six Alabama companies on the mission indicate that the first leg of the mission was highly successful for them,” Secretary Canfield said. “We overwhelmingly heard from these companies the business-to-business meetings they participated in were of high quality. In addition, we’ve pursued in-bound investment opportunities we feel could bear fruit for Alabama.”

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