The missions have become, for Catalan companies, one of the most direct tools to investigate new markets, to find business opportunities and local partners. Between 2014 and 2016, 274 international missions have been supported and organised out of Catalonia Trade and Investment, with the participation of 2,160 companies.
With the aim of further boosting Catalan business presence abroad, Catalonia Trade and Investment will organize and support 138 business missions in 2017, with a forecasted participation of over 1,000 companies from all areas of the Catalan economy: 48 missions are in America, 33 in Europe, 30 in Africa-Middle East and 27 in the Asia Pacific area. In total, 59 different countries worldwide will be visited.
Of these missions, nine of which will be institutionally led, special mention must be given to the trade mission to Shanghai and Hong Kong in late March, the participation in The Next Web event in Amsterdam and in Disrupt in San Francisco and the missions in the field of video games to Korea and lightweight construction in Germany.