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Trade Winds: A Special Opportunity for U.S. and Latin American Business

Blogged By: 
Arun M. Kumar is the ITA Assistant Secretary
Created on August 25, 2016

The U.S. Commercial Service will head to Latin America in September with about 100 U.S. companies and organizations, to cultivate trade and investment deals between the United States and some of our key regional partners.

The Trade Winds trade mission and business forum is one of our flagship events in the Commercial Service. Trade Winds has taken  more than 800 U.S. companies and organizations to six global regions in the last nine years, facilitating more than $239 million in business deals, with the majority of our attendees being small to medium-sized enterprises.

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities!

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Created on August 23, 2016

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

Connecting, Innovating, and Sustaining with 21st Century Infrastructure
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Impact Investing’s Role in Puerto Rico’s Economic Recovery

Blogged By: 
George H. Laws Garcia, MBDA Legislative Affairs Specialist


Created on August 24, 2016

Since approximately 2006 the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has been mired in a persistent recession which has now escalated into an all-out fiscal, economic and demographic crisis of unprecedented proportions. Although the effects of the crisis are being felt most intensely by the island’s 3.4 million residents, its impact has also reached beyond the island’s shores.  

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Blogged By: 
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Created on August 18, 2016

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Building Peace: Colombian Peace Presents New U.S. Business Opportunities


Created on August 18, 2016

After decades of civil unrest, the Colombian government reached a ceasefire with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on June 23, 2016. The ceasefire deal was the last major step in reaching a final peace agreement, expected by the second half of August, according to Colombia’s Minister of Post-Conflict, Rafael Pardo. Peace is expected to bring many benefits to Colombia, including improved rule of law, security, and increased investment. This improved business environment has the potential to open a number of new opportunities for to U.S. companies.The U.S. is an important trade and investment partner for Colombia. U.S.-based companies have been exporting an increased number products to Colombia since the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement went into effect in 2012.

U.S. goods exports to Colombia stood at $16.3 billion in 2015, having grown 14% since the implementation of the agreement - compared to just 1.2% growth in U.S. goods exports worldwide over the same period. This makes Colombia our third largest export destination in Latin America.

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