On Monday, October 6, the 13th edition of Venezuela Exporta, an export promotion program, opened. Earlier, in July 2013, it made its debut precisely when Venezuela received the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur.
With more than 40 Venezuelan businesspersons from the sectors of construction, containers and packing, food, technology, household appliances, and health, a stronger Venezuela Exporta returned to Montevideo after gaining experience in a previous tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, and backed by more than USD 190 million in business intents.
Venezuela’s Ambassador to Uruguay, Julio Chirinos, highlighted, among Uruguayan assets for Venezuelan exporters, economic and commercial complementarity, free flow of goods and a common external tariff of 0%-20% as a member of the Common Market of the South.
“Export diversification is the big challenge,” the diplomat said, and insisted on giving a higher profile to the export of Venezuelan finished products to world markets.
The opening session at Montevideo Hotel Esplendor featured the vice-presidents of the Foreign Trade Bank (Bancoex), Raúl Cazal and Juan Carlos García, the general manager of Bandes Uruguay, Rodulfo Salazar, and the manager of Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Uruguay, Carlos Vásquez.
Venezuela Exporta is a program for promotion of non-oil exports under the aegis of Bancoex. This time, it brings to Uruguay an exhibition of more than 500 products. The program runs in parallel with an initiative of Bandes Uruguay and Bancoex to fund the exports from Venezuela to Uruguay and vice versa.
The manager of Bandes Uruguay, a financial organization with 100% Venezuelan capital, is certain that the borrowing facility will make an impact on potential business intents during Venezuela Exporta.
Uruguayan entrepreneurs are open to the Venezuelan supply. This is the case of Natalia Andenuchi. The businesswoman pointed out that the laboratory represented by her has a chance of importing and expressed interest in products of the Venezuelan sectors of packing, industry and technology.
“The offers should be explored in depth, but the idea is making business and making trade among countries flow better.”
Venezuela Exporta will be open until Friday, October 10. From Wednesday, October 8, it will be present in Expoaladi, where Venezuelan entrepreneurs have scheduled business meetings in advance.