Successful Trade Mission to Colombia and Panama

Partnership between the World Trade Center Utah, Zions Bank and the U.S. Commercial Service resulted in a successful Mountain States Trade Mission to Colombia and Panama that took place February 9-15, 2014. Participants of the trade mission included 24 representatives of companies from the mountain states of the U.S.; Mission participants represented various sectors including education, automation systems, cellular amplification technology, life sciences, silicon-based lithium technologies, software, control instrumentation manufacturers for environmental and industrial applications, logistics and others.

During the mission, companies had productive meetings with potential partners that were identified for them by the U.S. Commercial Service through its signature Gold Key service. Participants also connected with public officials and leaders of various private and commercial entities: AmCham Bogota, AmCham Panama, World Trade Center Bogota, World Trade Center Panama, Inter-American Development Bank.

In Colombia, the delegation had a meeting with the former President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, who shared his thoughts on the past and the future of Colombia and answered questions about security and political/business climate in Colombia in general. Representatives of the U.S. Commercial Service stationed in Colombia offered comprehensive overview of the industry sectors and opportunities in country. Additionally, the group had a working luncheon at the World Trade Center Bogota, sister organization of the World Trade Center Utah. During the luncheon, Mr. Roberto Mario Esmeral, Climate Change Specialist of the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank gave a presentation on billions of USD of projects financed by the IDB in Latin America, while Ms. Elizabeth Goryunova, Interim President & CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, offered insights on the procurement practices of the World Bank Group and other International Financial Institutions.

In Panama, members of the delegation were welcomed by the U.S. Ambassador to Panama Jonathan D. Farrar and his staff. Additionally, the group visited the World Trade Center Panama where the President and Executive Director of the World Trade Center Panama City Mr. Guillermo Ronderos and his team treated guests to a tour of the complex and a magnificent cityscape view from the private helicopter pad atop of the World Trade Center building.

Funded in part through a grant award with the U.S. Small Business Administration