Colombia’s trade office in Atlanta recruiting local companies interested in sourcing products from the South American country to travel to Bogota for a major business matchmaking forum March 17-18.
Qualifying companies can even get the cost of their roundtrip plane tickets reimbursed by ProColombia, Mary Posada, the export promotion agency’s Atlanta representative, told Global Atlanta. ProColombia will also provide some ground transportation and help set up the company’s agenda.
“It’s kind of like speed-dating, so they have to have an agenda and we prepare it for them, with them,” Ms. Posada said.
Companies can register here to attend independently, but qualifying for the incentives requires a match between what the company is looking to source specifically and the products offered by more than 2,000 suppliers expected to be attending the event. That shouldn’t be difficult, as exhibitors are expected from industries like apparel, agribusiness, manufacturing, services industries, food products, IT services, business-process outsourcing, cosmetics and much more.
Those receiving the tickets can leave and return on any U.S. airline on the days of their choice, as long as they’re present for the two-day forum.
Colombia is gaining prominence in the minds of U.S. buyers as it emerges from the shadows of its violent past to become one of the top performers among Latin American economies. Since a free-trade agreement was enacted between the U.S. and Colombia in 2012, Colombian companies have exported more than 430 new products to the United States, including shape wear, dog toys, hydraulic lifts and more. More than 2,100 companies were registered to export to the U.S. as of last November, a record number.
Delta Air Lines Inc. flies nonstop from Atlanta to Bogota daily and started flights to Medellin in December.
Contact Ms. Posada at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to qualify and attend.