With more than 1,000 business meetings held, a new edition of the Colombia Investment Summit 2019 came to a close this week. The event took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bogotá.
These include an investment by the US conglomerate Glenfarne Group in a power generation project worth US $420 million in the Colombian Caribbean. Additionally, two investors in the renewable energy sector made announcements worth US $100 million, and Peruvian Camposol expanded its investments worh more than US $150 million for the production of hass avocado.
Another participant worth highlighting, the Pegasus Group, with Argentinian capital and projects in the hospitality and cosmetics industries, will invest in a care center for the elderly with a US $20 million investment.
The British John Laing fund invested in the acquisition of 30% of the Cocoa Route, a concession from one of the 4G roads in Santander.
The academic agenda was attended by more than 500 international investors, doubling the previous edition.
“These figures show the interest international companies have in the business opportunities Colombia has to offer. The doubling of the number of investors, when compared to the 2018 version, ratifies our country as one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world,” stated Flavia Santoro, President of ProColombia.
There were also many attendees to the Colombia Investment Summit hailing from Colombia’s regions, thanks to the presence of 14 regional investment promotion agencies (Antioquia, Boyacá, Quindío, Bogotá, Bolívar, Huila, Caldas, Nariño, Orinoquía, Córdoba, Atlántico, Magdalena, Risaralda, Valle), which brought with them 12 free trade zones and logistics projects.
Positive outcomes for international investors
The Colombia Investment Summit 2019 left a good impression on foreign entrepreneurs. Several international investors pointed out Colombia as an attractive investment destination, highlighting the features of its domestic market.
According to Paola Dorronsoro, investment VP of the Seaf fund in Colombia, “There are great opportunities for investment in the agribusiness sector; Colombia has it all to become a world-class food pantry.”
Frédéric Cuq, representative of the French company Thales Group, contends that “Colombia is taking steps in the right direction, working to attract investments that have an impact and benefit its people, with greater technology and supporting entrepreneurship. Colombia is a developing country; there is a lot to be done, a lot of talent, and this is the right time to invest.”
Cao Yijing, executive of the Chinese CCCC Shanghai Dredging Company, stated that, compared to other countries, “Colombia has the right conditions in place for investment: legal certainty, economic growth, and stability. This is a good time to begin operations in Latin America, and the right place is a country like Colombia.”
In the opinion of Nick Haywood, Chief of Service at the British company Somo Global, “Colombia is an attractive investment destination, due to the quality and professionalism of highly trained local talent, among other factors. We have found just the right candidates, specifically in Bogotá and Medellín, and are happy to have Colombian talent on board.”