MINExpo International 2008, the world’s largest mining equipment and technology exposition, is just two months away and international vendors are working with the US Department of Commerce’s (DOC) International Buyer Program (IBP) to facilitate a robust international component of the show. To date 15 countries are using the IBP to organise delegations to attend the show, scheduled for September 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The countries expected to send delegations include: Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Ghana, India, South Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Romania and Thailand.For companies looking to solidify their existing international sales or expand into international markets, the presence of foreign buyers and foreign delegations is critical, as they direct access to important markets.The IBP facilitates partnerships between show exhibitors and buyers. As part of the registration process, MINExpo attendees will have the opportunity to indicate specific areas of interest and products they wish to see at the show and can use the International Business Center, where DOC officials can help make direct contact with exhibitors. The centre will be staffed with DOC personnel who can counsel international visitors and US companies new to the export market and assist in arranging meetings. Translators (French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese) will be on hand, meeting rooms will be available and attendees can pick up copies of the Export Directory, available on CD-ROM.More information on the IBP and other information about the show, including hotel information and registration details, is available at: www.minexpo.com.