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Behind The Scenes of Global Trade

Most of my work involved in international travel happens when I get back. I compile all of my notes to determine potential matches between booth visitors and Delaware companies, educational institutions, or government agencies. I have received several hundred business cards and each visitor will receive an email from me requesting additional information so that I can start making the best matches.

Very often a few themes emerge, such as interest in the Port of Wilmington and our location as a logistics hub; Delaware’s role as the corporate capital of the world and requests for introductions to business service providers and financial institutions; the search for water and wastewater technology; and training or increasing energy efficiency. One of the highest priorities is the improvement in healthcare services, from prevention to capacity-building and diagnosis, through treatment and monitoring and evaluation, all while delivering better, faster, and more economic care to larger populations. 


Delaware’s companies are well-placed to take advantage of the many opportunities uncovered in Africa. The investment in education and research across all of these areas means that we have the technology, products, and services to meet these needs, not just in Africa, but around the world. Already, companies and WTC Delaware have been invited back to various countries to develop projects and to provide pricing and contract terms. A successful trip to be sure.

Ghana Trade Opportunity At Home

Those of you who were unable to travel but would like to meet with potential buyers, suppliers, or partners from Africa, will have an opportunity to attend the 2nd US-Ghana Business Expo, Roundtables & B2B Matching from September 14 to 16th in Philadelphia, Delaware and Lancaster, PA. Companies from agriculture, healthcare, banking, logistics, and manufacturing have registered to attend. As last year, dignitaries ranging from the Ministers of Trade and Industry, Transport and Aviation, Agriculture, and the CEOs of the Board of Ghana Ports, and the Ghana Investment Promotion Center and the Ambassador to the US are expected to attend. 

The U.S. Commercial Service will provide the matchmaking services and will accompany the delegation to Delaware and Board Member Mohamed Cisse, the CEO of Tungsten Global Consulting, will act as host for the visit in Delaware. To register for the Expo, click here.

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DSN Energy

Devon Mitchell, the CEO of DSN Energy, founded DSN “to facilitate strategic partnerships with US-based businesses, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations to provide training, mentoring, and leadership programs to Guyana's oil and gas sector.” It does far more than this, acting as a link between his home country of Guyana and the United States. The company, while based in Delaware, has a Diaspora focus, serving immigrants and their descendants from the black, Hispanic, and native populations from Africa and throughout the Caribbean. Devon is also the Co-Chair, International Affairs and Trade Promotion Committee, of the Delaware African and Caribbean Affairs Commission.

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MCC Worldwide

MCC Worldwide develops free trade zones around the globe, providing an ecosystem for physical, commodity trading, financial, technological, and regulatory services. It is a market-maker that operates in the realms of international real estate and technology. MCC Worldwide’s free trade zone activities are modeled after the successful Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and the Dubai International Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates. MCC mitigates political and economic risk to sovereign investors, and is revolutionizing the growth of trade, business and communities in many regions of the world. Chairman and CEO George Kearns is Vice Chair of the World Trade Center Delaware board of directors.

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Gala Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the World Trade Center Delaware 2023 Gala, “A Celebration of Ireland and Delaware,” on November 2. Sponsorships are also available by contacting [email protected].

The event will celebrate the international business community’s achievements and commemorate the ties between Delaware and Ireland, going back to the early 1600s when the first Irish immigrants settled in Delaware. Between the 1820s and 1850s, which included the Irish potato famine, the du Pont company is estimated to have helped more than 1,500 people emigrate from Ireland. Honoring that legacy, and the modern ties between our manufacturing, biotech, and financial industries, this year’s Gala will feature bagpipes and Irish dancers. 

The Gala, which supports World Trade Center Delaware’s paid internship program, will take place Thursday, November 2, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Deerfield Golf Club, Newark.

The evening’s honorees will include:

  • Champion of Trade, Kurt Foreman, President and CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership
  • International Humanitarian, Rotary Club of Wilmington and Margi Pruitt, Ukraine Project Leader
  • Small Business International Innovator, SiVad Group, Lenzie Davis, CEO
  • Large Business International Innovator, Corteva Agriscience

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Welcome Mohamed Cisse to the WTC Delaware Board

World Trade Center Delaware is pleased to welcome Mohamed Cisse as its newest member of the Board of Directors.

Mohamed Cisse is owner and CEO of Tungsten Global Consulting, a Delaware-based firm that provides technical advice and equipment to laboratory and research companies in West Africa. Tungsten brings business leaders and partners together to solve complex problems. Cisse previously worked for the Fairbanks Native Association, Wellstone Technologies, the Organization of International Visitors of the United States of America, and Thomas Jefferson University. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Champlain College.

Protecting Your Business Interests Webinar, October 12

Hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service and World Trade Center Delaware, the "Protecting Your Business" webinar is an interactive session with government agencies and organization to assist your company in developing a global security and compliance strategy.

We will have senior level speakers from Whirlpool Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. State Department/Overseas Security Advisory Council, U.S. Secret Service, Bureau of Industry and Security, FBI, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. (Click here to read the bios of the speakers.)

This webinar will provide participants:

  • Latest trends in corporate espionage with an intelligence update and industry developments
  • Overview of how to protect your products, equipment, and company secrets overseas
  • Insights into minimizing exposure, liability, and risk for you and your organization
  • Hot topics, including protecting your computers and portable devices overseas, vetting your overseas partners to protect your company, and how to assure that recent foreign nationals hired do not work for the competition.
  • A look at modern-day case studies

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National Bar Association and Pan African Lawyers Union Sign Agreement

World Trade Center Delaware member Barbara Simmons and members of the Pan African Lawyers Union in Zambia at the signing of the agreement.

Independence Day is celebrated during July in multiple countries, including in the U.S. and many African countries. For the National Bar Association and the Pan African Lawyers Union, July 5, 2023 is also an historic day. On that date, the two organizations entered into an Agreement to work together to deepen their relationship. Some of the provisions of the Agreement include information exchange, education and seminars, the creations of directories, publication of available legal services, and invitations to visit.

The agreement is the result of work which began more than three years ago. The idea was conceived by NBA Life Member, Leroy Wilson, Jr. World Trade Center Delaware member Barbara A. Simmons served as coordinator for the effort. She is vice chair of the NBA International Law Section. Wilson and Simmons travelled to Zambia in July for the Agreement signing during the PALU Annual Conference. Both served as panelists during the Conference and Simmons also addressed the Conference on behalf of the NBA. NBA past president Vanita Banks presented virtually.

Following the PALU Conference, Simmons travelled to Botswana for the U.S. Africa Business Summit. Simmons found the Summit to be an amazing opportunity to connect with serious minded entrepreneurs and high-level administrators, including a venture capitalist from Minnesota in Botswana. At her invitation, he attended the International Law Section Reception in Minnesota a few weeks later. They are scheduled to meet soon. The PALU CEO, Donald Deya, attended the NBA Conference and presented the signed document to NBA President Lonita Baker and addressed NBA Conference attendees.     

The NBA, founded in 1925, is the oldest and largest global network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents over 67,000 African American lawyers, judges, law professors and law students in over 80 chapters throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. It seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, improve the administration of justice, preserve the independence of the judiciary and uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession and promote professional and social interaction among its members and international bars.

The PALU is the umbrella association of African lawyers and lawyers’ associations with over 54 national lawyers’ associations. Its mission is the development of the law and legal profession, the rule of law, human rights and socio-economic development of the African continent, including supporting African regional integration.

Be Featured in International Delaware Magazine

World Trade Center Delaware and Delaware Business Times are partnering once again to publish International Delaware Magazine on December 5. This year’s theme will be Business Services for International Companies. Reserve your ad space by October 17, with an ad deadline of October 23.

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Webinar: Export Grants and Trade Finance to Expand Globally, September 21

Please join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Word Trade Centers Association for the final session of the "Make Trade Work" webinar series. The September 21 free webinar will cover export grants, financing, payment options, and credit insurance available via the U.S. Government, the banking industry, and the World Trade Centers. 

Learn everything you need to know about:

  • Access to capital and grant funding
  • Credit insurance and working capital programs
  • Protecting foreign receivables
  • International market expansion and buyer vetting

Featuring speakers from: 

  • World Trade Center Arkansas
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 
  • The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)

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Asian Development Bank Events

The Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Roadshow is back on the road, with multiple upcoming events:

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Procurement Workshop for U.S. Companies: Las Vegas, NV, September 11, 2023, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm


Asian Development Bank (ADB) 2023 Roadshow - Wisconsin: Harley-Davidson Museum, Peace Room, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, WI, September 15, 2023, 8:30 am-4:00 pm | Registration Fee: $125

Executive Roundtable with Asian Development Bank U.S. Director Chantale Wong – Opportunities and Prospects between the U.S. and Asia: San Francisco, CA, September 18, 2023, 11 am-1 pm

11th Business Opportunities Fair (BOF) 2023, ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines, October 4-5, 2023


WTC Delaware provides a full range of international trade-related services with an in-depth focus on export/import of services and manufactured goods. These pages contain brief information on opportunities that could offer exciting possibilities for U.S. companies in a variety of industry sectors.

  • NAMIBIA: Solar Plant Contractor (70MW)
  • MOROCCO: Equipment Suppliers/Manufacturers for Gas Pipeline
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Water & Wastewater Technologies
  • MEXICO: Wastewater Collection System Improvements
  • INDIA: Aluminized Polyimide and Polyester Film
  • BRAZIL: Industrial Blades (Fiberglass Chopping)

View the most recent trade leads here.

Delaware companies: Please fill out our trade leads form so we can market your products or services!


Sep. 20

WTC Delaware Board Meeting

Sep. 14

2nd US-Ghana Business Expo, Roundtable & Business to Business Matching

Oct. 12

Protecting Your Business Interests: Corporate Espionage, Global Security & Compliance

Nov. 2

WTC Delaware Annual Gala at Deerfield Golf Club

Nov. 15

WTC Delaware Board Meeting


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Healthcare Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia

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Clinical Waste Management Mission to Indonesia and Malaysia

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Business Opportunities in the Americas Conference

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