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ProColombia Crosses the Atlantic to Promote Its Exportable Offer to Europe, Asia and Africa

  • ProColombia will host at the Istanbul Congress Centre more than 300 Colombian exporters during the Business Matchmaking Forum in Turkey. The event will take place on October 17 and 18.
  • Buyers from Europe, Asia and Africa have confirmed their attendance

This autumn, ProColombia is presenting buyers from Europe, Asia and Africa a select sample of Colombian products at the Business Matchmaking Forum, which will be held on October 17 and 18 at the Istanbul Congress Centre.

Colombia arrives in Turkey – the gateway to three continents – with a huge offer, based on the manufacturing sector, IT and agribusiness. The country is a pantry to the world, it is one of the territories identified by the FAO with the greatest agricultural potential,’ said Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia.

More than 300 Colombian exporters will travel across the Atlantic to Turkey, one of the emerging logistic hubs due to its strategic location serving the European, Asian and African markets. The delegation of Colombian businessmen is led by Juliana Villegas, vice president of exports at ProColombia. The event is expecting 150 buyers seeking products and services, mainly coming from Spain, Turkey, Germany, France, Holland, India, United Kingdom, Korea, China, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Vietnam, among others.

The key offer is concentrated in the IT, chemical, manufacturing, agricultural, fashion, apparel and accessories industries. There are about 90 Colombian goods and services that will be displayed at business meetings; the most representative are fruit pulps, fresh fruits such as avocado, gooseberry (physalis), gulupa, banana, palm oil, confectionery, meat, natural ingredients for cosmetic use, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, girdles, underwear, swimwear, jewellery, leather, furniture, digital creative industries, software and crafts.

During the months of January and July 2018, Colombia exported around 1,300 million euros to the European Union, mainly in agricultural products such as bananas, coffee, oils and fats, fresh fruits, and manufactures such as plastic and clothing.

Colombia is a member of the OCDE since May 2018. The OECD highlighted the Colombian economy as one of the most resistant to the recent fall in the prices of raw materials; ECLAC assures that the country has the highest expectation of growth of its exports in South America; and UNCTAD places it as the third Latin American destination that attracts the most foreign investment and one of the 30 in the world.

MADRID, October 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —