Export promotion: during May, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs accompanied over 200 companies in trade missions and international fairs

During May, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized several important trade missions in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Panama to promote exports in various production sectors. They accompanied over 80 Argentine companies and coordinated the participation of another 120 companies in 9 international fairs held in North America, South America, Europe and Africa.

Buenos Aires, June 4th, 2022 - Between May 9th and 11th, an on-site trade mission for the food sector integrated by 23 Argentine companies was carried out in southern Brazil. The business meetings with their Brazilian counterparts were held in three cities: Porto Alegre, Florianopolis and Curitiba. The activity was organized by the Undersecretariat for Trade and Investment Promotion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the Embassy of Argentina in Brazil.

On this occasion, the Argentine exportable offer was varied: sandwich cookies (alfajores), food of vegetable origin, oil, rice, garlic, cereals, cookies, legumes, organic products, bakery products, pasta, dairy products and fruit. Companies from the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Corrientes, Catamarca, Santa Fe, Tucumán and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires participated in this mission.

On the other hand, the software sector participated in an on-site trade mission made up of 40 Argentine companies established in 10 provinces of our country. On May 16th and 17th, they visited Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, where they held a total of 230 business meetings with 125 Bolivian counterparts to promote their products.

The business delegation then traveled to the city of Asunción, Paraguay, and took part in an intense program of business meetings and a total of 350 B2B meetings with 50 Paraguayan companies on May 19th and 20th. The companies were able to promote specialized software in the IT, finance, insurance, education, agriculture and health sectors.

The Paraguayan market represents an attractive opportunity for Argentine companies to generate business, given the intense digitalization process that the local economy is currently immersed in. Argentine software exports to Paraguay exceed US$ 8 million per year.

This mission was organized by the Undersecretariat for Trade and Investment Promotion, together with the Ministry of Productive Development, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation through Dr. Manuel Sadosky Foundation, the governments of the provinces of La Rioja, Salta and Santa Fe, the Argentine Embassy in Paraguay and the Argentine Chamber of the Software Industry (CESSI).

On May 30th, a trade mission to Central America began in Panama City with a group of 23 SMEs from the country's five most dynamic sectors: medical equipment and technology, pharmaceuticals, equipment for the food industry, technology for silo bags and agricultural machinery, and chemicals for mass consumer goods. The companies will seek to position their products and close business deals during two days of work in the Panamanian capital.

Once this first stage is completed, the delegation will hold commercial meetings in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, and then move to El Salvador on the 6th and 7th, where the business rounds will come to an end.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Argentine Embassies in Panama, Honduras and El Salvador, identified demands in the five sectors invited.


CAFIERO WITH MEXICAN BUSINESSMEN

Within the framework of their recent visit to Mexico, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Santiago Cafiero, and the Secretary of International Economic Relations, Cecilia Todesca Bocco, held a meeting with Mexican businessmen. They announced a mission to Argentina to explore new projects and intensify investment processes. A prestigious business delegation from Mexico will be visiting our country in the coming months to enhance commercial ties, identify new investment opportunities and expand their operations in the country.


INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIRS

In addition, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Argentine Investment and International Trade Promotion Agency (AAICI), organized and coordinated the Argentine pavilions at 9 international fairs held in North America, South America, Europe and Africa. 120 companies from the agricultural, food, and industrial sectors participated in the fairs, as well as knowledge-based services, energy, creative and cultural goods industries.

Argentina's trade promotion activities in May began with the participation of 9 energy companies in the “Offshore Technology Conference” (Houston, USA) from May 2nd to 5th, one of the main global events of the oil and gas industry.

On May 10th and 11th, an Argentine delegation of 9 technology services companies for the financial industry attended “Fintech Americas” (Miami, USA), a hybrid conference focused on the future of banking and its transformation in Latin America.

Between May 11th and 15th, 18 Argentine equipment exporters of machinery and construction materials such as aluminum, steel and PVC openings, swimming pool pumps, fire detection systems, furniture and concrete mixers attended Construtecnia (Asunción, Paraguay).

The promotional agenda continued from May 16th to 19th with the “APAS Show” (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the main food and beverage fair in the Americas and the largest supermarket event in the world. A large delegation of 35 companies producing rice, olives, olive oil, cheese, Argentine caramel (dulce de leche), sandwich cookies (alfajores), wine, fish, sausages and beer, among other export products participated in the event.

At the same time, eight Argentine companies that design, make and export indoor furniture, children's and young people's furniture, contemporary design decorative objects and textiles participated in “ICFF New York” (USA) from May 15th to 17th. “ICFF New York” is a key event for showcasing Argentine design products to distributors and importers from all over the world.

From May 17th until 20th, Argentine delegations showcased export products at Nampo (Bothaville, South Africa), Hospitalar (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Expo Antad & Alimentaria México (Guadalajara, Mexico). These delegations were made up of 7 agricultural machinery companies, 19 medical equipment exporters and 8 food companies for the supermarket sector respectively.

The international trade promotion agenda finished at Navalia (Vigo, Spain) with the participation of 7 Argentine companies. This exhibition was held from May 24th to 26th and is one of the main global events for the naval industry.

All the activities were within the framework of the “Export Promotion Plan 2022”, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Santiago Cafiero. The plan includes several trade promotion actions carried out through Argentina's participation in over 100 international fairs, 48 business rounds, 58 trade missions, 9 technological offer workshops and 23 sectorial positioning actions.

This plan is the result of the work carried out within the framework of the Public-Private Council for the Promotion of Exports, which includes 365 chambers and entities related to foreign trade and brings together over 18,000 companies belonging to 76 Argentine export complexes.

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