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O’Malley headed to Brazil, El Salvador to ‘forge new connections’ on nine-day trade trip

Gov. Martin O’Malley talks to reporters about his recent 10-day economic development trip to China, South Korea and Vietnam. (Brian Witte/AP)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will lead a nine-day trade mission to Brazil and El Salvador next month, his office announced Wednesday.

A delegation traveling with the governor is expected to include more than 30 companies and representatives of several Maryland-based universities, as well as Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D).

“As Maryland’s economy grows, we must continue to forge new connections, partnerships and investments abroad,” O’Malley said in a statement. “The diverse, expanding economies of Brazil and El Salvador are ideal trade and investment partners for our state.”

The mission, which begins Dec. 1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, includes meetings with businesses and government officials. First Lady Catherine Curran O’Malley plans to accompany the governor.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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