Trade Americas Expo is the premier conference and meeting for small-and-medium sized companies from North America and Latin America and the Caribbean that are interested in learning about the growth opportunities and risks when entering new markets throughout the hemisphere. With 600 million inhabitants and an economy of $4.8 trillion, Latin America and the Caribbean is a fantastic target for SMEs, and Trade Americas Expo was one of the finest places in the world to explore this market.
The event is hosted annually by Latin Trade in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In its latest edition this past June 20, more than 300 registered participants attended a two-day conference program held at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami hotel. The conference brought together more than 40 international experts who discussed topics like 'The new architecture for SMEs to grow businesses beyond borders', 'Doing business in Latin America', 'Access to financing for SMEs', as well as regional presentations and success stories.
The discussions had the participation of high-ranking government officials like U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, one of the most powerful women in the hemisphere, who delivered the event's keynote address which focused on the new agenda for economic engagement in the Americas. Uruguayan Minister of Economy and Finance Fernando Lorenzo, Dominican Minister of State Jean Alain Rodriguez, Peruvian Vice Minister of Tourism Claudia Cornejo, and United States Export-Import Bank Board Member Sean Robert Mulvaney were also present in presentations and panels.
A number of members from the private sector were present to share their expertise, and success stories, such as Goodyear Latin America President Jaime Szulc, Marriott Latin America President Craig Smith, Panalpina Latin America CEO Ferdinand Kurt, and Carlos Gonzalez, partner at Diaz, Reus & Targ. Santiago Urti, business development director of Uruguay's Pagnifique, and Joao Barbosa, CEO of Brazil's Giraffas, were 'also there to share their company's success in entering the U.S. market. Attendees at Trade Americas also heard success stories from SMEs like Colombian VSI Nearshore Outsourcing, Mexican Delinutridon, U.S.-based Chen...