Published On: Thu, Feb 19th, 2015

3,700 entrepreneurs to arrive in Bogota for the “Macrorrueda de Negocios 55” – Curaçao is also present

2,468 entrepreneurs from 1,628 companies will be offering Colombian non-mining energetic products and services. Appointments to include 1,238 buyers from 57 countries.

There will also be an investment conference and forum for the internationalization of Colombian companies.

colombian_flagBOGOTA – The largest trade event in 2015, the “Macrorrueda de Negocios 55” (55Business Matchmaking Forum) from ProColombia, aims to boost the export business of Colombia facilitating the internationalization of the Colombian energy supply in all non-mining segments.

The forum, which will be held on February 19th and 20th in Corferias Bogota, has already confirmed more than 3,700 entrepreneurs, including both international buyers and Colombian producers, with 19,800 business appointments.

"There are 1,238 buyers from 1,070 companies, of which 55 percent are participating for the first time,” said president of ProColombia, Maria Claudia Lacouture. “There are companies from 57 countries are coming to the matchmaking forum which reflects that people around the world are interested in buying what Colombia is already producing."

ProColombia’s call to “go beyond frontiers” was accepted by 2,468 Colombian entrepreneurs from 1,628 companies across the country.

They will have the opportunity to offer their products to customers like The English Court of Spain, who is looking for furniture equipment suppliers for the hotel sector and Cintas Corporation, the leading distributor of uniforms in the United States for cruises and hospitals, and the third company in the top 10 largest companies for sales in the retail sector in Latin America, the Mexican Soriana Organization.

Colombian entrepreneurs will also hold virtual meetings with 40 buyers from 12 markets through telepresence, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany.

In the Caribbean region over 100 buyers are expected to attend the event from countries like Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curacao, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. In general, the products most sought by buyers in the Caribbean are those from the agribusiness sector such as processed and frozen foods, as well as snacks. The manufacturing sector is also in high demand, especially in products of endowment and packaging. Of the 100 Caribbean companies, over 30 are new accounts looking for products in different industry sectors.

More foreign investment into the country

Parallel to business meetings that exporters will have, ProColombia organized a one on one business gathering with 72 foreign investors who will meet with 84 companies and project developers from Cundinamarca, Antioquia, Chocó, Nariño, related to agricultural processing, palm oil, infrastructure logistics, renewable energy, software development and IT services.

The meetings will be supported by regional promotion agencies, free zones and industrial associations.

"One of the ways to support the internationalization of Colombian companies is through investment. In this case entrepreneurs from 21 countries with potential for strategic alliances will be coming." said Lacouture.

Additionally, on February 20th the Capital Access Forum will be held for the internationalization of the Colombian companies. Domestic companies will learn how ProColombia can support them on their expansion abroad.

"Peru, Ecuador, Panama and the United States are the countries with the highest Colombia investment abroad, we have also identified more than 450 expansion operations overseas generated by 123 Colombian companies between October 2013 and December 2014," said Lacouture.

Around 200 manufacturing, agriculture and services companies registered for the forum. The Macrorrueda 55 will be inaugurated by President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cecilia Alvarez Correa and President of ProColombia, María Claudia Lacouture.

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