ARQUILED joins the Economic Council for Internationalization in Colombia (CEIC)
The importance of Portugal-Colombia economic relations led AICEP (the Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade) to create an Economic Council with the purpose of facilitating the internationalization of Portuguese companies in that country. Arquiled, that has an office in Bogotá, was invited to join.
Arquiled Colombia was invited to join the Economic Council for Internationalization in Colombia (CEIC), whose first meeting took place on August 22, at the official residence of the Portuguese Ambassador to Colombia.
Composed of Portuguese entities representing the private, business, cultural and university sectors, CEIC is an advisory body that acts as a center for sharing information, experiences and perspectives and makes recommendations to both Governments aiming at deepening bilateral relations, namely the creation of conditions most favorable to the success of Portuguese companies in Colombia and the promotion of the “brand” Portugal.
Created in November 2017, the Economic Council for Internationalization in Colombia is part of the Strategic Plan of AICEP – Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade – which foresees the creation of a network of Economic Councils for Internationalization to support the mission of the agency as a facilitator of the internationalization of the Portuguese economy.
Strenght of Portugal-Colombia economic relations
Arquiled opened an office in Bogota in April 2018 and defined Colombia as the first bet in the company’s internationalization plan.
AICEP’s choice of Colombia to create one of the Economic Councils for Internationalization is justified by the growing number of companies in this market (more than fifty) and their turnover, as well as by their direct investment, the high number of Portuguese companies exporting to the country (over four hundred) and the potential identified in different sectors of the Colombian economy.
The first meeting of CEIC, which meets twice a year, was attended by, besides Arquiled, nine other companies and entrepreneurs, such as Mota Engil, Jerónimo Martins, Teixeira Duarte and EDP.