O'Malley headed to Brazil on nine-day trade mission

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to begin a nine-day trip to Brazil and El Salvador on Monday.

The governor will lead a trade mission that includes 30 businesses and leaders from Maryland's Port Authority, according to the his office. The state maintains about a dozen international trade offices, including one in Brazil. The Port of Baltimore receives more imports from Brazil than any other country, the governor's office said.

"As Maryland's economy grows we must continue to forge new connections, partnerships and investments abroad," O'Malley said in a statement. "We are going on this trip to promote job creation and economic growth, both by helping Maryland companies that do business or seek to do business abroad, and by encouraging foreign companies to invest more in Maryland."

The trade group, which Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III will join, will meet with Brazilian and El Salvadoran business leaders and politicians.

O'Malley will visit Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, and he will meet with the mayor of San Salvador, according to the governor's public schedule.

O'Malley's latest trip abroad rounds out a year of international travel for the term-limited governor. This year, he has also visited the Middle East, Ireland, France and Denmark.

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