The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced this week that the State of Georgia will host the Southeastern United States and Canada Provinces Alliance Conference (SEUS-CP) 2022 in Savannah June 19-21, 2022. This will be Georgia’s second time hosting the event, having founded and hosted the inaugural conference in 2008. SEUS-CP reinforces the importance of the longstanding U.S.-Canadian relationship and expands business relationships opportunities in underdeveloped sectors and markets through new partnerships. Registrations are open until June 3, 2022.
“Investing in strong relationships creates opportunities that span generations and is critically important to the economic well-being of not just Georgia, but the entire Southeast,” the commissioner said. from the GDEcD, Pat Wilson. “Georgia was a founding member of SEUS-CP, and Governor Sonny Perdue hosted the inaugural conference in Savannah in 2008. We have come full circle, and countless businesses in the Southeast and across Canada have benefited from the relationships created by this organization. We are honored to welcome our partners from across the Alliance, and we look forward to the new opportunities that SEUS-CP will create for businesses and communities.
Established in 2007, the SEUS-CP Alliance enhances trade and investment, promotes business partnerships, and encourages technology exchange between member states and Canadian provinces. Southeast member states include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Canadian members include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
Providing strategic sourcing and partnering opportunities to small businesses is the hallmark of the SEUS-CP Alliance. The 2022 conference will feature a dedicated B2B program hosted by Market Access International. Attendees can take this opportunity to meet directly with the procurement managers of globally recognized companies looking for new suppliers and connect with potential partners from across the Alliance. This year’s event will feature two key industry sectors: transportation and logistics, and food and beverage.
“Canada is Georgia’s largest export market and an important trading partner for the entire Southeast region. Even greater trade is possible when business leaders are able to connect one-on-one to explore new business opportunities,” said Mary Waters, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for International Trade. “This conference strengthens our mutual business relationship and we are delighted to welcome business leaders back to Savannah. We appreciate the incredible support that our Georgian business community, Alliance partners and sponsors have provided to make SEUS-CP a vibrant business event.
The states and provinces of the SEUS-CP alliance offer growing trade and investment opportunities for companies from both countries. Trade in goods and services among Alliance members continues to boom, with total trade exceeding US$40.6 billion in 2021.
Registration is open to Georgian businesses of all sizes until June 3, 2022. Visit www.georgia.org/seus-cp-2022 to learn more and register.
Leadership Roundtable Discussions
Topics will range from the future of North American supply chains and the sustainability of agriculture to the importance of subnational engagement and how best to support emerging technologies for electric vehicles (EVs) and mobility.
Sourcing managers from globally recognized companies, innovative and emerging companies looking to build business partnerships and trade specialists from across the Alliance will be brought together in one place for direct one-on-one meetings throughout throughout the conference.
Connect with business and economic development leaders from across the Alliance during multiple networking sessions each day of the event.
Trade relations between the State of Georgia and Canada
Georgia has been represented in Canada since 1981 and GDEcD’s Canadian office is located in Montreal, Quebec. In 2021, GDEcD estimates that total trade between Georgia and Canada was $11.16 billion, an increase of 16% from the previous year. Georgia’s exports to Canada increased by 17% from 2020, totaling $6.18 billion. Major exports to Canada include motor vehicles, tractors, bulldozers, carpets and civil aircraft. Georgia’s imports from Canada totaled $4.98 billion in 2021. Canada’s top imports to Georgia include sawn timber, turbojet engines, rapeseed or rapeseed oil, ethylene polymers and baked food products. To learn more about Georgia’s trade with Canada and other countries, visit https://www.georgia.org/international/trade/annual-trade-report.
About the GDEcD International Trade Team
Georgia’s Department of Economic Development’s nationally recognized international trade team works to strengthen Georgia’s exports and position the state as a competitive source of quality products and services. The team includes international representatives located in 12 strategic global markets and helps Georgian companies expand their sales worldwide. The International Trade Office provides Georgian businesses with the information and global connections they need to successfully diversify their international customer base.