By Kate Madley

The Welsh Government has confirmed three international trade missions are to take place in the new year as part of a programme to support Welsh businesses across the world.

Business Minister Edwina Hart has announced a series of Government led trade missions in April 2012, and the recent announcement confirms the programme will continue into early 2013.

The overseas visits have been scheduled to San Francisco – USA, 10-16 February, Chongqing, China -2-9 March and Montreal, Canada – 21-26 April.

The Welsh Government is inviting new exporters and global traders to join a team of representatives for the early 2013 visits.

The trade missions are part of an international trade package, designed for Welsh businesses to research potential overseas markets and meet prospective business partners.  Welsh firms will be given the opportunity to visit target markets and explore routes to trade.

In 2012, the Welsh Government led a number of multi-sector trade missions to countries such as China, India, United Arab Emirates and Germany.

“Trade missions are an excellent platform to further develop the profile of Wales across a range of sectors – from food to tourism – and increase bilateral trade and investment,” said Business Minister Edwina Hart.

“By encouraging and supporting companies to export we can develop sustainable economic growth, and business in Wales has a major contribution to make.”

Welsh businesses can register their expression of interest to attend the 2013 trade missions. For more information visit Welsh Government Trade Missions.