The multiples advantages that the State of Georgia offers to companies interested in doing business in United States, the possibility to market Georgia in the Chilean marketplace and visit with companies interested in entering the U.S. market were the main objectives of the “Marketing Mission Chile-Georgia” organized by The Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of the South. During 3 days (Wednesday, September 23 to Friday, September 25, 2009), participants had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of Georgia as the best place to establish businesses in the U.S. On the other hand, American companies had the opportunity to learn about Chilean legislation for business and tax issues for bilateral partnerships. Participants also had the option of attending the third annual Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) in Santiago to be held the in Santiago on Sunday, September 27 – Tuesday, September 29, 2009. The target industry segments for the mission included IT & Telecommunications; Biotechnology, Medical Devices & Supplies; Environmental Technology, Services & Consulting; Forestry Equipment & Supplies; Mining Equipment & Supplies; Safety & Security Equipment; Food Processing & Packaging; Education & Research.
During the mission, participants were invited to attend to a breakfast/seminar called “Georgia and Atlanta: Un Mundo de oportunidades para las Empresas Chilenas en los EE.UU” organized by the SOFOFA in conjunction with AMCHAM and the Chilean office of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
With the participation of Jorge L. Fernandez, Vice President, Global Commerce of the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC); Brian Wilson, Managing Director Georgia Department of Economic Development Chile Office; Alberto Valenzuela, Partner, SCIP, LLC (Supply Chain Integration Providers) and President, Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of the South (CACS) and more than 100 attendees, the seminar touched different interesting topics such as “Tips for Doing Business in Chile” presentation in charge of Alberto Valenzuela, President of Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of the South were he explained the real experience of Chilean companies established in Georgia; The Export Documentation Requirements for Chile with Dimitris Kloussiadis from Small Business Development Center; Distribution Agreements & Intellectual Property Protection, presentation given by Frank Aitcheson from Frank Aitcheson LLC; Getting Paid, Working Capital Guarantee Loans, Foreign Buyer Insurance, a presentation by Gay Stilz from BB&T.
The Corporate Manager of the SOFOFA, Mr. Pedro Reus also presented the advantages of the Free Trade Agreements between Chile and the US, allowing the bilateral commerce to grow an average of 213% in the last 5 years, from $5,900 millions in 2003 to $18,713 million in 2008.
Jorge L. Fernandez, Vice President, Global Commerce of the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), explained the advantages and opportunities that Georgia offers to invest in the USA, presenting the 5 factors that have positioned the region as a leader state for businesses: Georgia is the main growing market in the south east of the US; the seventh economy in the world (GDP); has a wide global image with a strategic location and the biggest airport in the world in number of passenger per year; has a highly skilled work forced and human resources, under a competitive environment and excellent quality of life.
Brian Wilson, Managing Director Georgia Department of Economic Development Chile Office also spoke about government policies in Georgia and how they favor the business development in the region.