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Events Bogota, 13-14 June 2013

EU and Colombian stakeholders discuss how to make the most of the EU – Colombia trade agreement

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On 13-14 June in Bogota (Colombia) around 650 Colombian and European officials, experts and business representatives discussed the opportunities offered by the EU-Colombia trade agreement at the EU seminar on “Colombia and the European Union: from the trade agreement to trade opportunities”.

The seminar was attended, inter alia, by Joao Aguiar Machado, Deputy Director-General of the Trade Directorate-General and chief negotiator of the Agreement for the European Commission; Sergio Diaz-Granados, Colombian Minister for Trade, Industry and Tourism and Gabriel Duque, the Vice-Minister for Trade; and Maria Antonia (Tanya) Van Gool, EU Ambassador to Colombia.

During the two-day day seminar, they discussed the state of play of the trade agreement, its potential benefits and challenges, the framework to boost investment in a socially responsible way, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer, and all technical issues related to key export sectors, such as agro-food, and industrial products. Other trade issues, such as services, public procurement, intellectual property rights, customs procedures, sanitary, phytosanitary and other standards, and rules of origin were also addressed during the seminar.

Business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic detailed case studies and success stories, and presented their recommendations on how to boost trade and investment relations for growth and job creation. The Trade Agreement is to move the relationship beyond unilateral trade preferences to a more integrated and diversified trade and investment relations, with a great potential not only for traditional products (such as commodities – agro-food and mining) but also for innovative, high added-value sectors.

The seminar is part of a broader EU outreach effort to ensure the take up of the trade agreement, namely by the private sector.

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