Wichita businesses invited to expand globally

Over the next two weeks, people representing three countries will make personal pitches for Wichita business and for expansion by Wichita-based companies.

On Monday, representatives of Bahrain, an oil-rich island kingdom and financial center in the Persian Gulf, will be in Wichita.

Representatives of the Bahrain Economic Development Board will meet with at least four local companies, said Abdul Arif, a Wichita businessman assisting with the visit.

Other local businesses can attend the event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

"They wish to attract American companies and American investment in sales offices, distribution centers and the like," Arif said. "It's not factories. It's to increase Kansas exports."

On Thursday, India is the topic at an event hosted by the World Trade Council of Wichita and the Center for International Business Advancement at Wichita State University.

The session begins at 6 p.m. at the Wichita Marriott, 9100 E. Corporate Hills.

Speakers include Sanjiv Arora, consul general of India; Anup Mehta and Arun Eswaran of information technology outsourcing company MindTree; and M.K. Jibbe, of LSI's operations in India.

And on April 22 Mexico's Aerospace Industry Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

A host of aircraft industry executives, consultants and Mexican officials will talk about the opportunities Wichita aircraft companies have for outsourcing manufacturing to Mexico.