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Feb 25 - Mar 1 - Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Bogota, Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
Feb 25, 2019 - Mar 1, 2019
In partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, The Maritimes Energy Association is organizing a multi-sector scoping mission to Bogota, Colombia – February 25 – March 1, 2019.

We are working with the Global Affairs Trade Commission Service and have engaged the services of the  matchmaking consultant M & C Latin Trading to identify and set up business meetings and networking opportunities in-market. This is a Pan-Atlantic mission and will cover major industry sectors such as renewable energy, oil & gas, mining, defence, information and communication technologies, oceantech and marine, seafood, education and public safety.

The mission registration fee is $500CAD per company, and includes matchmaking services, pre-mission webinar, in-market overview, networking reception, all in-market transportation for B2B meetings and mission events, translation services and a Canadian Networking Reception.

Tentative Schedule - subject to change

November 28 - Information Webinar - Is the Colombian Market right for you?
                      Webinar presentations from:
                         Claudio Ramirez, Head of Trade in Colombia, Global Affairs Canada;
                         Alvaro Concha, Trade Commissioner, PROCOLOMBIA


Early February - Delegate Pre-Mission Webinar with Market Sector Overview, Business Practices, Mission Logistics and Personal Safety and Security

February 24th - Delegation arrives in Bogota

Morning February 25th - In-Market Overview with expectations for the week, final B2B meeting schedules, Introduction of Trade Commissioners, guest speaker from industry.  Meeting to be held at Canadian Embassy

Afternoon Feb 25th through end of day March 1st - B2B Meetings and potential site visits

Evening Networking Event February 26, 7:00pm  - Canadian Networking Reception at Canadian Ambassador's Residence with local industry leaders

Evening of March 1st - possible late flight to Toronto

March 2nd - remaining delegates depart Bogota.

If your company is export ready and looking to expand your business strategy to include the Colombian market – this mission is an excellent opportunity! Please email Louise Hawkins or call 902-425-4285 for further information and to express your interest.

Colombia, a democratic republic, has adopted a security policy that includes integrated counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency campaigns in the last fifteen years. As a result, the country is stable and its economic development plan has promoted confidence from international investors. In 2016, Colombia’s GDP was over $282 Billion USD, the third largest in South America. It is rich in natural resources and most of its energy supply is produced through renewable sources, mainly hydroelectric generation. Colombia has a firm commitment to renewable energy, clean technology and innovation. There is a focus on research in science and technology and government support for co-working hubs. The information and communications, defence, infrastructure, oil & gas and education sectors all have an increased focus to support advances in technology and innovation. Smart grid technologies, connected cars, cyber security, the internet of things, enterprise software and big data analysis are areas of interest to Colombian businesses. Bogota is the most populace Colombian city and the main business center for commerce in Colombia and therefore the location of choice for this mission.

Canada and Colombia have a Free Trade Agreement that has been in force since August, 2011. Canada is a major investor in Colombian oil & gas and power sectors in particular and is a recognized supplier of goods and services within those sectors. Colombia has been identified in the Canadian Global Markets Action Plan as an emerging market with broad Canadian interests. Further, the Nova Scotia – Colombia trading relationship has strengthened in recent years, with Nova Scotia’s exports to Colombia increasing by thirty-eight percent in the time period from 2004 to 2009. Are you interested in how Colombia may fit into your export objectives for 2019?

For further information on the Colombian markets, please see the following reports:

2017 Colombia Report

Automotive Sector Colombia

Fintech Latin America

Start Ups Latin America

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