The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is organizing a business trade mission to Asia and the Pacific Rim this fall. A delegation of Vermont dignitaries and business people will travel to Shanghai, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for an 11-day trip, October 13 to 23, 2003. The tentative itinerary includes business meetings in all three locations, in addition to a variety of events and receptions.Lt. Governor Brian Dubie and Vermont Secretary of Commerce Kevin Dorn will lead the Vermont business delegation. Trade mission highlights include:* Official ribbon cutting and ceremony of the Vermont Chamber Shanghai office.* Individual targeted meetings for each participating business.* Evening reception with Taiwan president Chen Shui Bian.* Participation in the two-day Taiwan Business Alliance Conference.* Networking opportunities with both Vermont and Asian business and political leaders.* Detailed briefings on each region’s economic, political and business climates.* Opportunities for select companies to demonstrate their products and services to the Asian markets.The mission is open to all Vermont businesses who wish to explore business opportunities in Asia, either through discovering a new market, or expanding existing trade programs.The trade mission is limited to 20 individuals and will be filled on a first come / first served basis. Businesses wishing for more information about the trip may contact Curtis Picard, Vice President of International Trade (email@example.com(link sends e-mail), (802) 223-3443 x 124).For over a decade the Vermont Chamber has grown a trade program to market products and services by helping foster business relationships in the international arena. As the Vermont Chamber’s international trade program continues to grow, Vermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri will leave his position effective November 1, 2003 to become the Chamber’s International Trade Liaison based in Shanghai.