Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs: Pre-event GA-EMA Barranquilla Colombia
In light of the upcoming “Green Aruba: where Europe meets the Americas Conference” which will take place on October 22 – 25, 2014 a pre-event was organized on Wednesday September 10, 2014 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Situated on the banks of the Magdalena river, which ends in the Caribbean Sea, the city of Barranquilla was the first port of Colombia, functioning as a hub between Colombia and the rest of the world.
During this pre-event minister of economic affairs Mike de Meza elaborated on Aruba’s road to sustainability and its function as a hub between Europe and Latin America. The president of the ATIA, Mr. Michel Henriquez as well as the president of the Chamber of Commerce elaborated on the various business sectors in Aruba, illustrating Aruba’s great potential for doing business and its gateway function. The director of Free Zone Aruba N.V. , Mr. Greg Peterson was also part of Aruba’s delegation.
The pre-event was well attended and there was a lot of interest from the participating company representatives in learning more about Aruba’s green initiatives, its business sectors, the free zone and the potential of Aruba for doing business.
After this pre-event the Aruba delegation visited Pro Barranquilla, the investment promotion agency in the Atlantic, and had a meeting with ANDI, ATIA’s counterpart and Colombia’s biggest Trade and Industry Association, to discuss the various infrastructural developments taking place in Barranquilla and a potential cooperation between ANDI, ATIA, the Aruba Chamber of Commerce, Free Zone Aruba NV and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Furthermore, the delegation paid a visit to Puerto de Barranquilla, the largest port company in Barranquilla, which is in charge of more than 50% of the total cargo of Barranquilla’s port zone.