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Exports to Colombia to Surpass € 100m

Published: November 2, 2011; 13:54 · (Vindobona)

Austrian exports to Colombia will exceed € 100m this year, reports the Austrian Chamber of Economics. Colombia has a strategic character for Austrian companies.

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“For Austrian companies, Colombia is the bridge head in South America. And it is becoming increasingly interesting.”, Franz Bachleitner, who is the commercial delegate for Colombia of AWO (Außenwirtschaft Österreich).

AWO organized an economic journey in Columbia for Austrian enterprises. On the occasion of an economic forum, the Colombian government presented ambitious infrastructure plans, an expansion of the agricultural industry and of the tourism sector. Colombia expects the inflow of essential technologies and the creation of some 100.000 new jobs. Furthermore, business-to-business talks took place with 120 Colombian enterprises.

Bachleitner: “Colombia is currently very interesting for the Austrian export industry. This year, exports will reach € 100m. Especially in the segments of infrastructure and engineering there is a substantial potential.” In order to realize these opportunities, a further economic journey to Colombia is planned. Moreover, delegations will also have visit and business talks in Brazil and Chile, where the Austrian Minister of Foreign relations, Michael Spindelegger and the President of the Austrian Chamber of Economics, Christoph Leitl, will participate.