Business opportunities

Colombia: Focused on growth!

Introduce your company to this market and take advantage of the many business opportunities it has to offer

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 8 A.M. to noon

SPEARKER'S PRESENTATIONS

1. COLOMBIA AFTER THE ELECTIONS

Nicolas Lloreda-Ricaurte
Ambassador of Colombia
Embassy of Colombia to Canada

2. OVERVIEW OF THE COLOMBIAN MARKET AND SITUATION IN LATIN AMERICA

Tim Steed
Senior Associate, South America
Export Development Canada

3. EXPORT QUEBEC AND MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN COLOMBIA FOR QUEBEC COMPANIES

Veronica Acuña
International business advisor
Export Québec (Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations)

4. LEGAL FRAMEWORK IN COLOMBIA

Alain P. Lecours
Lawyer
Lecours, hébert Lawyers

5. UPCOMING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Stephen Best
Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory and Global Infrastructure
KPMG

Stephane Villeneuve
General Manager, New Markets and Strategy
Astaldi

6. FISCAL REPRESENTATION TO FACILITATE ACCESS TO THE COLOMBIAN MARKET

Julie Monette
Senior Team Leader, International Tax Services
EY

7. BUSINESS TESTIMONIALS: SUCCEEDING IN COLOMBIA 1

Denis Landry
Executive Vice-President and General Director
Groupe Fordia

Luc Dumont
Vice-President, finance and administration
Groupe Fordia

8. BUSINESS TESTIMONIALS: SUCCEEDING IN COLOMBIA 2

Mohamed El-Mohri
President and Chief technical officer
Dialexia

THE ACTIVITY IN BRIEF

On June 18, our guest experts will speak to you about the country’s promising sectors, business environment, and economic and political realities.

By the end of the seminar, you will have acquired the necessary know-how to begin the process of expanding into or strengthening your presence on this market. You will also have an opportunity to hear testimonials from businesses active in Colombia, and to network with the speakers and entrepreneurs in attendance.

Then further your expansion efforts by taking part in the trade mission to Bogotá organized by Export Québec and Québec International, which will take place from September 29 to October 3, 2014. This mission will coincide with the Bogotá International and Industrial Trade Show.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

 

The activity will be held in French and English

Prices

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By phone
514 871-4001

For more information

Noémie Bond
Advisor, International Market Development
514 871-4000, ext. 6216
nbond@ccmm.qc.ca


Louise Lauzon
Advisor, International Market Development
514 871-4002, ext. 6227
llauzon@ccmm.qc.ca

Cancellation policyNo reservations, cancellations or refunds as of 2 days before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only written cancellation notices sent by fax at 514 871-5971 or by email at achat@ccmm.qc.ca will be accepted.

Location

Marriott Château Champlain
1050 De La Gauchetière Street West
Montréal

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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO…

  • Understand the business context in Colombia and its development
  • Assess your expansion strategy on the Colombian market
  • Identify business opportunities for your company
  • Hear the testimonials of Quebec entrepreneurs who have met with success in Colombia
  • Create or strengthen your network of contacts on the market

WHY COLOMBIA?

The third largest economy in Latin America, Colombia has been enjoying significant growth over the past decade.

The implementation of sound economic policies, an increase in productivity, responsible budgetary rules, and generous investments in infrastructures best account for this growth. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is optimistic: Colombia is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

This favourable economic context is stimulating demand for goods and services in various sectors: construction and infrastructure, energy, green technology, information technology and telecommunications, food processing, medical equipment, the manufacturing sector, machinery, and security and defence. A demand for products and services intended for seniors is also expected to grow in the coming years, as in 2020, 11.5 million Colombians will be of age 50 and older.

In 2011, the signing of a free-trade agreement between Canada and Colombia allowed for the strengthening of established and growing relations between the two countries in the areas of trade and investment.

Between 2010 and 2012, the total value of Quebec exports to Colombia went from about $135 million to about $167 million—an increase of close to 24%. In 2013, the value of Quebec exports to Colombia accounted for close to 21% of total Canadian exports. In comparison, this share was only 9% in 2003 (Institut de la statistique du Québec).

Colombia is an excellent market for Quebec businesses—about 175 of our companies actively export to Colombia (Industry Canada).

Last February, Export Development Canada (EDC) established a representative presence in Bogota, Colombia’s capital, in order to help Canadian companies reap the benefits of the anticipated growth, notably in the infrastructure sector.

Colombia – facts and figures:

  • A GDP of close to $370 billion in 2012, an increase of 4.2% compared to 2011
  • A vast domestic market: Colombia’s population increased to close to 48 million inhabitants in 2012, with a constantly growing middle class
  • Ranked 43rd (out of 185) in terms of ease of doing business (The World Bank’s Doing Business report, 2014)
  • A country in the process of becoming a member of the OECD
  • A politically stable nation
  • One of the Latin American countries that offers direct access to both the Pacific coast and the Caribbean, giving it a leg up on the transportation of goods
  • A member country of the Pacific Alliance

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to enter the Colombian market, or those who are already active on the market but want to learn more.
  • The seminar will be of particular interest to businesses in the following sectors:
    • Construction and infrastructures
    • Energy (electricity, petroleum, natural gas)
    • Green technology (notably environmental infrastructures and wastewater treatment)
    • Information technology and telecommunications
    • Food processing
    • Medical equipment
    • Manufacturing
    • Machinery
    • Security and defence
    • Products and services for seniors

Explore the many opportunities Colombia has to offer Quebec companies.

In collaboration with:

  • Export Québec
The "Exporting Québec" initiative 
is produced in cooperation with:

 
Official airline of the
"Exporting Québec" initiative:

LaPresse+   AIR CANADA
WTC Montréal receives financial
support from Canada
Economic Development.

 
Affiliated with the World Trade
Centers Associations

(WTCA)

Canada Economic Development   World Trade Centers association (WTCA)