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Business opportunities in South and Central America

Finnpartnership participated in the Expoalimentaria 2012 trade show (www.expoalimentariaperu.com/en) in Peru on 19-21 September. Expoalimentaria is the largest international trade show in South America in the field of agriculture, with over 25 000 professionals visiting annually. Among them are e.g. producers & food manufacturers, importers, exporters, and suppliers of a range of services and food processing machinery as well as packaging manufacturers and representatives of hotel and restaurant sector. Hundreds of exhibitors display their products and services to regional and international byers.

The Finnish business environment, actors and market were introduced to the Peruvian companies to make it easier for them to contact Finnish companies and start exporting to Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Peruvian companies were very interested in the Finnish and Nordic markets related to organic as well as packaged and processed products introduced by Finnpartnership. There were 50-150 companies following the presentations, depending on the event.

Expoalimetaria is organized annually, the next being organized in the fall 2013. The organizer Adex (www.adexperu.org.pe/) should be contacted as early as possible so that B2B meetings with relevant companies can be tailored.

In addition, the Embassy of Finland, Finnpartnership and PromPerú organized a workshop for Peruvian textile companies, where Finnpartnership introduced the Finnish and Nordic textile market. About fifty textile companies interested in exporting participated in the workshop. 

Finnpartnership´s cooperation partners in Peru are e.g.:

• Cámara de Comercio Peruano-Nórdica (Peruvian-Nordic Chamber of Commerce) (www.camaranordica.org.pe/)
• Cámara de Comercio de Lima (Lima Chamber of Commerce) (www.camaralima.org.pe/)
• ADEX - Asociación de Exportadores (Association of Exporters) (www.adexperu.org.pe/)
• COMEX - Sociedad de Comercio Exterior del Perú (Society of importers and exporters) (www.comexperu.org.pe/)
• PromPerú (organization promoting exports and tourism) (www.promperu.gob.pe/)
• PerúCámaras (central organization of regional Chambers of Commerce in Peru) (www.perucam.com/)
• The Embassy of Finland in Peru (www.finlandia.org.pe/)

Future events are e.g. a delegation visit of Peruvian textile companies to the Nordic countries organized by Lima Chamber of Commerce as well as a seminar on investment opportunities in Pisco region in early December 2012 organized by PerúCámaras. The seminar held in Lima will cover among other topics the Pisco harbor project as well as business opportunities especially in the sectors of agriculture and petrochemicals.

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Finnpartnership also participated in a corporate seminar in Managua, Nicaragua. The seminar was organized by ProNicaragua (www.pronicaragua.org/), a organization promoting Nicaraguan investments, together with the Embassy of Finland (www.finlandia.org.ni/) and Finnpartnership. The participants represented industries related to e.g. information technology and agriculture.

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With the help of Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking Service, companies and organizations in Finland and in developing countries can seek out new cooperation opportunities and business partners in e.g. South and Central America as well as post information on their own projects for which they are seeking business partners: www.finnpartnership.fi/matchmaking. This service is free of charge.

If you are interested in trading and other business opportunities in Peru and Nicaragua, please contact the above-mentioned organizations or Finnpartnership directly. More information can also be found on Finnpartnership´s Developing Country Database and more country info on e.g. the Embassies´ websites.

Published 11.10.2012