As part of Centrallia 2016, the WTC Winnipeg, in partnership with the Canada West Foundation, organized and promoted a one-day conference focused on The Americas.
Winnipeg, home of Centrallia, is a flourishing Canadian city situated at the geographic centre of North America. This advantageous location has helped Winnipeg grow trade within North America, and is also the ideal access point for businesses from around the world wanting to tap into this market.
The implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has proven to be beneficial for international trade. However, North America is not alone in helping trade development opportunities move forward in the Americas. Two of the most important trade and economic blocs are currently operating in Latin America, in the sub-regional blocs of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance. Mercosur, the “Common Market of the South”, is comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, while the Pacific Alliance is comprised of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
During this conference, experts from these trade blocs shared reasons why these integration efforts are beneficial for businesses looking to grow their presence in the Americas. It was also an opportunity to hear from experienced companies currently operating under these trade environments.
The objectives of hosting this conference as part of Centrallia were to hear from experts and provide context ahead of the one-on-one meetings, and to bring together a wide mix of companies from the Americas, as well as from those with interest in north-south trade in the Americas.
- Carl Gravel, Director of International Expansion, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
- Dr. Carlos Ronderos, Regional Development Manager, Latin America, World Trade Centers Association
- Ms. Khair U. Nissa, Executive Director, Verbind, operating 12 World Trade Centers in India