The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship held a business round for companies led by women at the Palacio San Martín

On August 23 and 24, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship held a business round where 41 Argentine businesswomen that manufacture clothing, footwear, leather goods, jewelry and accessories had 87 business meetings with buyers from Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

Buenos Aires, August 28, 2022 – The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, led by Santiago Cafiero —through the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency— held the International Business Round for Argentine Companies led by Women at the Palacio San Martin.

During two days, 41 Argentine companies held 87 business meetings with 5 buyers from Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and Peru to promote exports of clothing, footwear, leather goods, jewelry and accessories with the aim of expanding internationally into new destinations in Latin America.

The Secretary of International Economic Relations, Cecilia Todesca Bocco, and the Executive President of the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency, Juan Usandivaras, held a meeting with the representatives of the buying companies and the local exporters who went to offer their products, within the framework of the program “Argentinas al Mundo” which promotes Argentine women’s leadership and equitable involvement in international business.

In this sense, Todesca Bocco highlighted that “'Argentinas al Mundo' implies the vision and the incentives in place so that all the tools of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency are available to all companies incorporated or owned by women, and let us make an additional effort to collaborate with them in this international insertion.”

“In these business rounds, we build relationships between Argentine production and its foreign counterparts, so that those businesswomen and female entrepreneurs, who are developing their export profile, can promote their economic projects which really benefit the country,” said the Secretary of International Economic Relations.

41 SMEs and worker-owned cooperatives from the provinces of Misiones, Corrientes, Santa Fe, Mendoza, Córdoba and Buenos Aires and the City of Buenos Aires took part in this business promotion activity.

In this regard, Usandivaras stated: “On the one hand, we have the Argentine International Trade Agency that provides companies and the productive potential of Argentina and, on the other hand, our embassies that identify reliable buyers with high potential interest in our products.”

The “Argentinas al Mundo” program is aimed at SMEs, female entrepreneurs and worker-owned cooperatives led by women, and it provides them with tools and actions throughout the entire export process.

According to a report from the Center for Production Studies (CEP XXI) of the Secretariat for Industry and Productive Development, 10.3% of the companies have a woman “as the main decision maker.”

In addition, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) points out that the exporting companies employ more women; in developing countries, women represent 33% of the workforce of exporting companies compared to 24% of non-exporting companies.

“We have high expectations of being able to export, and I’m happy because I could show what I do and because the Foreign Ministry gave us this possibility,” said Stella Pezzalli, President of Stella Pezzalli Diseño Íntimo.

Fabiana Leguizamón, representative of Unicentro Paraguay, stated: “The expectations after all these meetings are to be able to forge a stronger link with Argentina, and for the products to be known internationally, whether in Paraguay, Colombia or any of the countries that are part of this business round.”

The Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency —dependent on the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship— provides technical and economic assistance so that Argentine SMEs can showcase their products and services at the main international fairs, forums and congresses, and establish direct links with global buyers through business round tables.

The business rounds make it easier for Argentine companies, products and services to be known by businesspeople from different countries.

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