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The 68th Latin America Day

The 68th annual “Latin America Day” took place in Weimar, Germany on the 17th and 18th of October, hosted by the “Business Association for Latin America” (LAV). The event brought together the Latin German entrepreneurs and representatives of different German ministries. Don Limón is a member of this association since 2008.

The LAV (Business Association for Latin America) is the perfect network for German companies with interests in Latin America. Besides the speeches and panels, the participants had the opportunity to develop new contacts and knowledge. Guest of honor was the Colombian economics expert and ambassador of Colombia in Japan, S.E. Gabriel André Duque Mildenberg.

The conference’s first day topic was “New dynamic? USA – Latin America – Germany”. Top ranking scientist and experts discussed the named topics and the issues of close relation between the three countries concerning cashflow, electrical engineering, electronic, cybersecurity, globalization and data-management. The experts agreed that the Latin American countries are currently developed at different stages in the technical sector and have a lack of highly specialized staff.

At the gala dinner, the ambassador of Colombia in Japan delivered the honorary speech, followed by Bodo Liesenfeld, the president of the LAV, and Wolfgang Tiefensee, the German minister for economics and science.

The second day of the conference was opened with another speech by the ambassador of Colombia, about the changing frame in Latin America due to the conclusion of peace and the opportunities for German companies. Among others, Felipe Jaramillo, the president of ProColombia from Bogotá strongly encouraged the good timing right now for investments into the food-production sector in Colombia.

The experts also mentioned the lack of infrastructure. Afterwards within the panel “Renewable energy” different companies shared their local knowledge and experiences and others explained their reservations to start a business there.

The conference was closed by a speech from Rosario Córdoba Garcés, president of the think-tank „Consejo Privado de Competitividad“. She concluded her speech by describing the requirements that the local Colombian companies need to fulfill in order to be competitive on the international market.