International Trade Conference to Be Held at UVU

Pete CodellaNews

Utah Valley University is hosting the third annual Utah Diplomatic Conference on International Trade Relations on Nov. 4, 2019. The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, state government officials and Utah business leaders, will welcome 14 foreign diplomats at the conference organized by UVU’s Office of Global Engagement and Chief International Officer, Dr. Baldomero Lago.

The conference, which will be held in the Sorensen Student Center Grand Ballroom at UVU beginning at 9 a.m., is open to students and the public and there is no cost to attend. It is the only Utah event of its kind that offers students the opportunity to hear and interact with numerous foreign diplomats and Utah leaders.

“This conference will be a great opportunity to connect attendees with international business representatives and diplomats from around the world,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “International relationships are important to the state of Utah. We thank Utah Valley University for hosting this conference and look forward to the opportunities it will bring.”

International diplomacy is vital for Utah’s continued economic growth. This conference will help participants engage in conversations about global business, network and build international relationships. Participants will learn from foreign diplomats about how they do business. As international business opportunities continue to develop for Utahns, conferences such as the Utah Diplomatic Conference on International Trade Relations will be critical to supporting the state’s vibrant economy and essential global relationships. 

“We are delighted to welcome important dignitaries such as ambassadors, consul generals, consuls, honorary consuls and trade commissioners from Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Spain and the United Kingdom,” said Franz Kolb, director of International Trade and Diplomacy at GOED. “We’re grateful these dignitaries have been granting Utahns visas to visit or do business in their respective countries. They’re coming to Utah to extend a hand of friendship and build bridges with government, education and business leaders.”

Sessions for the conference will feature speakers addressing free trade, foreign investment, innovation and technology, and sustainability. 

Register and see additional information about the Utah Diplomatic Conference on International Trade Relations here.