Georgia small businesses interested in supplying goods and services to governments in the Americas are encouraged to attend a hemispheric procurement conference Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Westin Peachtree Hotel in Atlanta.

The vice president of El Salvador, Ana Vilma de Escobar, will address this “Procurement Conference of the Americas” during her first official visit to Atlanta.

Ms. Escobar accepted the invitation during a recent trade mission to El Salvador made by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Hemisphere Inc. to explore opportunities for Georgia businesses arising from the recent passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

During the procurement conference, small businesses can learn how to access various governments’ electronic procurement processes and how to market their services to countries in the Americas. Participants will also have the opportunity to arrange one-on-one meetings with representatives of government agencies and contractors.

Some of the conference sessions include a discussion on the impact of free trade agreements on government procurement in the region, as well as specific opportunities for small businesses for supply chain management and strategic alliances.

The conference is being organized by the U.S. General Services Administration and the Organization of American States and is expected to draw more than 350 attendees from the hemisphere. A trade show with exhibitor booths will also be accessible to conference attendees.

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