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EXPO Puerto Rico kicks off

By on February 21, 2018

SAN JUAN – After having been postponed due to hurricanes Irma and María, Trade & Export Co.’s (CCE by its Spanish initials) EXPO Puerto Rico opened to the public Wednesday at the Convention Center in San Juan. It will run through Thursday at 6 p.m.

Headed toward the multisectoral event were more than 50 international buyers on the island to hold business meetings with over 100 Puerto Rican businesses. In addition to the more than 200 local exhibitors, the itinerary includes educational workshops on international trade, innovation and technology.

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“Expo Puerto Rico 2018 marks the beginning of a year of great impact for entrepreneurship. And the best alternative to foster this entrepreneurial spirit is this event, where we gather in one place…with an exhibition area and business meetings…with the objective of facilitating local businesses’ access to more business opportunities that generate economic activity,” Executive Director Ricardo Llerandi said in a release.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was slated to deliver the keynote welcome at 12:45 p.m. to local attendees and buyers from the U.S. mainland, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Haiti, Mexico and Spain are participating at the event in which LLerandi said “people will have the opportunity to hold business meetings with buyers abroad” via a “new virtual platform” that allows potential buyers “to analyze the possibilities of exporting.”

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The event also has a comprehensive agenda that includes talks and forums, as well as two plenary lunch sessions. The two-day business program includes workshops on technology and innovation, tax incentives as a tool to develop small and midsize businesses, export services, e-commerce and global branding.

In addition, it includes forums on services and commercial opportunities in other markets, exporting services, financing and insurance.

EXPO Puerto Rico will also feature international speakers such as officials from the Start-Up Chile program, who will speak about the seed accelerator’s impact, which turned the country into an entrepreneurship hub for Latin America, resulting in established links with professionals from more than 100 countries.

Through the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, Start-Up Chile has attracted world-class entrepreneurs who use the platform to go global, helping develop a more sustainable economy for the country.