October 07, 2002

Ellen Qualls
(804) 786-2211, x2379

Jill Lawrence
(804) 371-0049
Virginia Seeks Companies To Attend International Health Services Trade Show
-Firms invited to attend Medica 2002, the world’s largest health services trade exposition-

RICHMOND - The Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Division of International Trade today announced plans to attend Medica 2002 to promote the export of Virginia products and services. In its 34th year, Medica is the world’s largest trade exposition for the international health services industry. The show will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany on November 20-23, 2002. VEDP’s Division of International Trade is inviting Virginia companies in the health services industry to join the state at this trade show to seek export opportunities.

VEDP’s Division of International Trade is soliciting participation as part of its mission to assist Virginia businesses in developing new market opportunities for exporting. For a fee of $3,000 Virginia companies will have entry to the show with VEDP, pre-arranged meetings with potential customers and on-site translation services. Participating companies must cover their own travel expenses.

Over 3,600 exhibitors – more than half of them international – and over 127,500 visitors attended Medica 2001. Medica 2002 will be Virginia’s first effort to promote exports at this annual trade show. VEDP expects many of the Virginia companies that attend will receive orders, acquire major contracts, receive requests for price quotations and make contacts for future export sales.

For information on accompanying VEDP to Medica 2002, contact Matthias Duys, VEDP International Trade Manager, at (703) 506-1030 or

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business development and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea and Japan.


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