Prior Webinars


South Korea

Date: August 5, 2021

South Korea is a sophisticated market with a taste for high-quality, differentiated products and commodities. South Korea’s gross domestic product (GDP) ranked 10th in the world in 2020. As Asia’s 4th largest economy, it registered US$1.54 trillion in GDP in 2020. South Korea’s GDP shrank just over 1% in 2020 from a year earlier, the smallest decline in the OECD. South Korea’s traditional strength in the steel and petrochemical industries has been weak in recent years. South Korea is looking for more technology-intensive industries to drive growth such as; healthcare (including medical devices, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology), defense, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

Speaker: Ken Yang, Director, Korea Business Services


Eastern Europe

Date: July 20, 2021

Eastern Europe has been the faster growing part of Europe. Starting from a lower base 30 years ago, this region has enjoyed an outstanding level of economic development. Today, some of these economies are comparably strong to some of those in Western Europe, such as Italy, Portugal or Spain.

The beauty of exporting and building market presence in this region stems from the fact that the markets are manageable in size and easy to navigate even for SMEs, and success in one market can quite likely be replicated in others. You can therefore grow organically step by step in a safe business environment.

Speaker: Filip Korinek, Managing Director, EasyLink Business Services


Southern Africa

Date: July 8, 2021

Africa is shifting beyond expectations as a bounty of new business activity led by its youthful entrepreneurial business class drives it forward. Come and hear about the trends driving African business and learn why Africa is increasingly important, soon driving much of the global economy. Africa is growing out of its role as a primary resource supplier and moving quickly toward a knowledge based economy: an economy driven by people that make it welcoming for Americans business people.

Speaker: Richard Zurba, Director, Zurcom International


Southeast Asia

Date: November 5, 2021

The six major countries in Southeast Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – have a combined population of 582 million and GDP of US$3 trillion. If it were a single nation, it would be the third most populous country and the fifth largest economy in the world, as well as having the eight largest consumption expenditure globally.

Speaker: Sarath Menon, Managing Director, Orissa International



Date: October 29, 2020

The United States is Colombia’s largest trading partner, and Colombia was the 21st largest market for U.S. exports in 2018. Due to Colombia’s close political ties, geographic proximity to the United States, and Colombians’ appreciation for the quality and reliability of U.S products, consumers in Colombia generally have a preference for U.S. products and services. 

Join VEDP’s International Trade team to learn about accessing Colombia virtually.

Speaker: Adriana Bohorquez Brunette, Founding and Executive Director, AB Trade Link


Australia/New Zealand

Date: October 22, 2020

Australia’s resilient economy is built on stable institutions and sound regulatory policies, and provides a safe, low-risk environment in which to do business. Australia is among Virginia’s top 20 export destinations globally.

New Zealand offers U.S. companies a relatively wealthy, sophisticated market with a very transparent and open business environment, and a stable democratic system.

Join VEDP’s International Trade team to learn about accessing Australia and New Zealand virtually.

Speaker: Angela Foley, Founding Director, Foley & Associates



Date: October 15, 2020

Mexico is the 15th largest economy in the world, and recent economic reforms have liberalized key sectors such as energy and telecommunications, creating market opportunities for U.S. companies. Close cultural, social, and economic ties make Mexico a natural market to consider for first-time and expanding exporters.

Join VEDP’s International Trade team to learn about accessing Mexico virtually.

Speaker: Mary Claire Whitaker, Founding Partner, Neighbors International Business Group


Western Europe

Date: October 8, 2020

Europe is a huge trading partner for the US in many different sectors, this can be evidenced by the fact that if the EU countries together were a single market, it would rank as the number one export market for the US (2018).

Speaker: Dr. Colm Reilly, Associate Director, OCO Global



Date: October 1, 2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been the top U.S. export market in the Middle East North Africa region for the last 10 years and a critical regional hub for 1,500 American companies doing business throughout the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

Speaker: Anne Jafery, Managing Partner, Channels Business Solutions