TTI Global Invited to Participate in First Ever U.S. Trade Mission in Afghanistan
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. and KABUL, Afghanistan, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TTI Global, a staffing, training, research and business solutions company serving the automotive, pharmaceutical, telecom and hospitality industries, was selected as one of 12 U.S. companies to participate in a U.S. Department of Commerce trade mission to Kabul, Afghanistan. The first ever mission of its kind took place in late February and explored long-term business opportunities in Afghanistan to enhance U.S.- Afghan commercial relations.
TTi was one of two Michigan owned and operated companies that participated.
"It is a source of great pride to have represented Michigan and our state's corporate community on the mission to Afghanistan," said Lori Blaker, TTi Global CEO. "Traveling on a mission of this magnitude, which encompasses significant international trade implications, is an incredible responsibility to our nation and state. As a result, TTi has planned to establish a workforce development program in the region, which will include significant commercial training and support opportunities for Afghanistan's growing number of automotive, mining, food service and logistics companies."
TTi's commitment to workforce development, which provides hands-on, in-demand skills training for young adults in developing regions, was a major driver behind the company's participation.
"Providing people in underdeveloped regions with the means to earn a living gives them hope for survival and the ability to create a better life," Blaker said. "TTi is committed to this belief and we know that our network and proven experience can be put to use in some of the most difficult markets in the world, like Afghanistan."
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Francisco Sanchez, led the delegation of representatives from the 12 participating U.S. businesses, which span construction, mining, agribusiness, and information technology sectors.
"I am pleased to bring these companies on this historic mission to Afghanistan," said Sanchez in an International Trade Administration press release. "We have a special opportunity to partner with Afghan government and business leaders to promote mutually beneficial economic growth and investment."
Until now, few U.S. companies have had access to operate in Afghanistan and with Afghan companies. In addition to missions like this one, the Afghanistan government is taking steps to create legal and administrative regulatory structures to develop its economy, and increase foreign and private investment.
About TTi Global
TTi Global is a family-owned business with over 35 years of experience. With over 1,350 employees in 18 countries, TTi Global provides workforce development, technical training, market research, consulting, operations outsourcing and specialized training programs to leading automotive, pharmaceutical, hospitality, retail and consumer goods companies.
TTi Global has offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emeritus (UAE) and Venezuela. It is one of the fastest growing private companies in America and is a National Women-Owned Business certified by the Women's Business Enterprise Council.
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