Tools to help trade launched

The World Trade Center of New Orleans and the Louisiana Consular Corps have produced two new tools will help local and international businesses explore potential money-making relationships and find business-development assistance.

The first informational tool is a country-by-country economic data booklet, researched and prepared by the Trade Center. The data includes country-specific exports from Louisiana, in-state jobs created through commercial interactions, the number of tax-free shopping transactions and visitors to Louisiana from each country. The second tool is a new website for the Louisiana Consular Corps: www.LouisianaConsularCorps.com.

The booklet, which is also available electronically, will be sent to governmental and economic interests in Louisiana, including state legislators, key state and local departments, economic development agencies, business media, chambers of commerce and universities.

“This data helps bring clarity to the significant economic impact foreign countries have on Louisiana’s economic vitality and provides a point of contact for each of the 55 nations represented in Louisiana by career and honorary consuls,” said Dominik Knoll, CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Louisiana Consular Corps Dean Constance Willems, honorary consul for the Netherlands, said New Orleans and Louisiana are important to the rest of the world.