Argentina has turned an important page; trade missions
Argentina has turned the page on isolationist protective politics that affected international business over the last years. During 2017, this has lead to various initiatives from the Dutch government and the Dutch Embassy in Argentina, like organizing trade missions for companies who are interested in exploring new opportunities. Access Latin America was chosen as local partner to make sure all companies had their chance to sit down with potential business partners and associates.
The new government is actively tackling more than a decade of underinvestment in infrastructure. The National Transport and Infrastructure Plan comprises over USD 33 billion in public and private infrastructure investment, including nearly USD 5 billion for port development. For example, the Port of Buenos Aires is planning a complete remodeling. Private terminals along the Parana river are also developing quickly. International public and private investors are returning to benefit from Argentina’s potential.
This interesting development, together with the fact that de annual Latin American Ports Conference (AAPA), which attracts key players from the Latin-American and international maritime sector would be held in Uruguay, Punta del Este, gave rise to the idea to combine the visit to the conference with a Trade mission to Argentina. The trade mission would allow companies to identify opportunities on port development in the region. In November we received a delegation of Dutch companies lead by Mr. Hans de Boer, President of VNO-NCW (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers). Access Latin America arranged more than 30 meetings. Several companies are continuing their conversations to evaluate future projects.
In March 2017, During the Economic Business Forum in Amsterdam, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina requested the Netherlands to enter into close collaboration with respect to water quality, and to tackle the increasing impact of climate change. President Macri indicated that Argentina has scheduled substantial investment into integrated water management and water infrastructure in the years ahead. Various collaborative agreements will be signed in the areas of water technology and water governance.
In November 2017 we received a trade mission lead by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, for the Netherlands. This trade mission was combined with the annual Water and Development Congress & Exhibition, organized by the International Water Association (IWA). Thanks to the extensive network we have and the close relationship with local authorities, the Dutch Embassy and Chamber of Commerce, we were able to organize over 20 meetings, of which several initiated dialogues that still continue and are leading to specific projects and business arrangements.
We are very much looking forward to trade missions that will follow this year. If you would like to be informed about these ALA activities or if you wish to learn more about the developments in Argentina in specific business areas, please contact us.