Country Information Argentina
Comprising almost the entire southern half of South America, Argentina is the world’s eighth largest country. Compared to the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, cities in the interior of the country like Mendoza, Cordoba and Rosario are just of regional importance. Most business is concentrated in the capital city Buenos Aires, with its modern business infrastructure that reaches international standards.
By the end of the 19th century and at the start of the 20th century, Argentina became known as one of the world’s biggest granaries, due to the quality and quantity of its grains, especially of wheat. Although agriculture is an indispensable pillar of economic growth, a great part of the countryside is used for cattle and livestock. Apart from being known for the famous Argentine beef, grains and soya, nowadays the government tries to stimulate local production and expand industries and services as to maintain an important role as an international player. Highly qualified workers, abundant natural resources, long-standing tradition of technological and industrial development and a modern infrastructure form a creative and competitive productive platform.
Founder, Access Latin America
After a year of working experience in Chile in 2003, resulting in a great interest in Latin America, Pauline lives in Argentina since 2006. She started her professional bases in the Dutch – Argentine Chamber of Commerce. She noticed that even though being fluent in Spanish; the first thing one gets confronted with is the challenge of local habits, rules and conditions. That is why she started Access Latin America in 2007, as to help others to expand their business activities in the region.
Pauline Swart has a bachelor degree in European studies and a Masters in Culture, Organization & Management (specializations; change management and leadership). She has travelled extensively and spent several years in South America. She is fluent in English and Spanish in addition to her native language Dutch. During her time in Argentina she has developed an extensive network of contacts and helped companies to execute their projects and increase their presence in the region. Tripolis Solutions, the company she represents in Latin America, is a good example of one of her success stories.
Her corporate background includes Unilever in Rotterdam and Santiago (Chile) and Amsterdam Events Company in Amsterdam. In addition, as a representative for Othium in Buenos Aires, she gathered start-ups in need of seed capital and real estate development projects for European investors.