Unioncamere, with the coordination of Florence Chamber of Commerce’s internationalisation arm, is promoting a trade mission to Mexico and Colombia from 2 to 9 June 2012. The Bogota stage of mission is especially significant, since it coincides with Under-Secretary Marta Dassù’s visit to Colombia. The mission will be focusing on the infrastructure, textiles, environment/renewable energy and agri-food sectors.
With a nominal GDP of about 312.5 billion dollars, Colombia is a sound and steadily expanding market. Economic growth for 2012-2015 is forecast to be around 5%. Bilateral Italian-Colombia trade amounted to around 832 euros in the first 11 months of 2010 (up 18% on the previous year). Italian exports to Colombia expanded by 37.3% during that period compared with the same period in 2009.
Mexico is the world’s 13th economy and the second in Latin America, with a GDP of around 867.4 billion dollars. It is also 8th of the 10 most attractive countries for direct inward investment. In 2011 Italy confirmed its position as Mexico’s 9th trading partner and, most notably, its second European partner, after Germany and ahead of Spain, France and Great Britain. Mexico is Italy’s second commercial partner in Latin America.