Governor-Led Trade Mission to Panama, Peru & Chile to focus on Education, Water Tech, Mining & Tourism


Jennifer Cooper
Communications Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development
(702) 486-2709
Las Vegas, NV - July 19, 2017

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development today launched a trade mission led by Governor Brian Sandoval to Panama, Peru, and Chile. The mission will focus on Nevada’s efforts in higher education and research, water technology, mining, tourism and partnerships that can be forged in these countries.

The Nevada Delegation includes Steve Hill and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and representatives from the Nevada System of Higher Education, including: University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Len Jessup; Truckee Meadows Community College President Karin Hilgersom; University of Nevada, Reno Vice President of Research Mridul Gautum; members of Board of Regents; and UNLV’s International Gaming Institute. The mission will also include representatives from Nevada’s business community, WaterStart, Nevada tourism officials, and Nevada mining delegates. The mission begins on July 19 and ends July 30, 2017.

“Trade missions have been an incredible tool to enhance our partnerships with countries in key areas such as tourism and mining, while also fostering collaboration in areas that may be lesser known such as water technology,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I am excited to lead a delegation of Nevada’s representatives to help facilitate a direct dialogue between Nevada’s industry and higher education leaders and their counterparts in South America. These conversations will be centered on innovation in the mining industry, water technology and commercialization, collaborations in academic research as well as bilateral opportunities to jointly fund pilot projects in areas where Nevada is emerging as an international leader.”

During the mission, the Governor and his delegation are expected to meet with several key figures, including President of the Republic of Peru Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and President of the Republic of Chile Michelle Bachelet.

The Governor and his delegation will also meet with: S.E. Roberto, Minister of Canal Affairs for the Panama Maritime Authority; Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines; Ricardo Luna Mendoza, Minister of Foreign Relations for the Republic of Peru; U.S. Ambassador Brian A. Nichols; the Heads of Peruvian National Authority for Water Administration and Peruvian Ministry of Mining; the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce; and U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Carol Z. Perez.

Additional updates will be released throughout the mission.


About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at