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WTC Arkansas, Querétaro Partner to Grow Exports on Inbound Trade Mission

Carlos Uribe, COO of World Trade Center Querétaro & Cancún, speaks to Arkansas companies at the World Trade Center Arkansas about WTC Querétaro's business to business matchmaking service to grow sales in Mexico. The service is available to companies beginning on January 31, 2019 and will pair companies with buyers during the World Trade Center Association's 50th General Assembly in Querétaro.

Carlos Uribe, COO of World Trade Center Querétaro & Cancún, speaks to Arkansas companies at the World Trade Center Arkansas about WTC Querétaro's business to business matchmaking service to grow sales in Mexico. The service is available to companies beginning on January 31, 2019 and will pair companies with buyers during the World Trade Center Association's 50th General Assembly in Querétaro.

WTC Arkansas, Querétaro Partner to Grow Exports on Inbound Trade Mission

The World Trade Center Arkansas and World Trade Center Querétaro partnered on an inbound trade mission to Arkansas from Dec. 17-18 seeking to recruit Arkansas companies to sell their products and services to Querétaro, Mexico.

The WTC Arkansas facilitated meetings in Rogers, Ark., Little Rock, Ark. and Jonesboro, Ark. between dozens of local companies and representatives from the WTC Querétaro and the Consul of Mexico in Little Rock. 

The diplomats and representatives explained and discussed how to utilize WTC Querétaro’s export partner matchmaking process to arrange business-to-business meetings at the WTC Querétaro in Mexico during the World Trade Centers Association’s 50th General Assembly in April 2019. 

“It’s a testament to Arkansas’s economic attractiveness that foreign trade and diplomatic representatives are so deeply interested in our state’s products and services that they actually seek out Arkansas companies to sell in their home country,” said Melvin Torres, Director of Western Hemisphere Trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas. “Usually, the foreign trade officials visit our state to recruit buyers, so this is a unique opportunity for Arkansas companies to take advantage of a market that is literally seeking them out.”

 

A Natural Partner for Business

 

Querétaro is Mexico’s most highly developed city with more than 20 industrial parks, 45 research and development centers, more than 800 world-class companies and top level universities including Arkansas State University’s Campus Querétaro.

Much economic and higher education activity between Querétaro and Arkansas already exists, making the region a natural partner to grow business and explore educational opportunities with Arkansas companies and universities.

“This raises the opportunities of many young Mexicans and Americans to be able to potentiate their knowledge and generate a more promising future for both countries that will lead our region and world,” said Carlos Uribe, COO of World Trade Center Querétaro & Cancún. Uribe will join Torres in the meetings with Arkansas companies as the representative from WTC Querétaro

 

Carlos Uribe from the World Trade Center Querétaro (left) stands with (from left to right) Melvin Torres, Gina Gomez, WTC Arkansas Board Member and Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, Consul of Mexico in Little Rock Rodolfo Quilantan, WTC Arkansas Board Member and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater and Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Young.

Next Steps After the Meetings

 

After participating in these meetings, companies seeking to sell to the region can utilize WTC Querétaro’s business-to-business matchmaking service to find the best fit for their company.

If a match is found, the Arkansas company can then decide to arrange the business-to-business meetings at the WTC Querétaro in Mexico during the World Trade Centers Association’s 50th General Assembly in April 2019. 

The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. The Center is part of the University of Arkansas and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to the World Trade Center Arkansas newsletter.