Argentine government officials and representatives of the country’s leading forestry companies seeking the technical expertise and equipment of U.S. partners will be attending a briefing at the Renaissance Hotel downtown on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

      Included among the delegates scheduled to attend are: Mario Anibal Losada, National Senator for the Province of Misiones, and Emilio Martinez Garbino, Congressman and Chairman of the Delegation of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies Industry Commission.

      Mr. Garbino is sponsor of a new bill that seeks to increase the number of acres reserved for forests from 2.2 million acres to 7.4 million acres within the next 10 years.

      Currently, federal reimbursements of U.S. $340-$700 per 2.47 acres are provided with guaranteed support for 10 years.  The new law that recently passed in one branch of the Argentine Congress will provide fiscal stability, special depreciation allowances and financing at up to 100% for forest plantations.

      Representatives of local companies will be able to meet privately with members of the delegation to discuss cooperation on a variety of projects.  Areas of interest include the development and management of new and existing forest plantations and the acquisition of forestry sector equipment.

      Additional opportunities for U.S. firms include meetings with owners of a sawmill with millwork facilitates interested in upgrading equipment, a hard board and unfinished paneling producer interested in financing a U.S. firm to supply raw materials and a furniture manufacturer interested in buying equipment and finding a partner to produce floating floors.

      Cost to attend is $75.  For more information, call Sylvia Szankay at (301) 231-5250 or send an e-mail to