RELEASE: Cartagena, world capital of commercial diplomacy for two days

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RELEASE: Cartagena, world capital of commercial diplomacy for two days

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Some 300 attendees, from various institutions in South America, Europe or North America, will meet at the II Commercial Diplomacy Forum, which will be held on December 1 and 2 in Cartagena, and in which prestigious speakers such as José Manuel García- Margallo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, and Bisila Bokoko, former Executive Director of the US-Spain Chamber of Commerce, in New York

Cartagena, 11/29/2022.- The second edition of the Forum Cartagena Connecting Commerce, which will be held on December 1 and 2, aims to illuminate the path of commercial development through a dynamic dialogue between the diplomatic community, which determines the rules, the private sector, the engine of economic growth, and international organizations, which work to guide and assist the entire business community.

The event will have the participation of representatives of international organizations such as the UN Economic and Social Council, the International Trade Points Federation or the World Trade Organization. More than a dozen national and international experts will analyze the current context of international trade, who are the new actors in commercial diplomacy, as well as the business opportunities that some export destinations can offer companies.

This year, the master lectures will deal with the role of diplomacy in the current context and the keys to trade relations. The objective of this second forum, called 'Connecting Commerce, Commercial Diplomacy', is to "put some of the 'hottest' topics in international trade on the table, hand in hand with great experts, so that companies, entrepreneurs and anyone entities or agents involved in transactions with other markets draw their own conclusions", explained Joaquín Gómez, director of the Murcia Region Development Institute, organizers of the event together with the World Trade Point Federation (WTPF), an organization international non-governmental organization that manages and develops the United Nations Trade Point Program on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

It is expected that on the eve of the Forum, on November 30, an institutional declaration will be signed between all the parties involved in it, the 'Declaration of Cartagena', in order to highlight the importance that international trade offers to generate wealth through of the world and the consequent well-being and social cohesion of nations, incorporating guidelines to promote commercial diplomacy in the international arena through the UN.

Keynote Lectures: Commercial Diplomacy in Times of Pandemic and War

On the first day, on Thursday after the opening, the two master conferences will take place that will analyze commercial diplomatic relations in the current context and will be in charge of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel García Margallo, current Member of the European Parliament , who will speak on "The role of diplomacy in the current context" and Bisila Bokoko, Executive Director of the Spain-USA Chamber of Commerce, who will focus her speech under the title "Keys to trade relations in the current environment" in the role of commercial diplomacy in times of pandemic, war conflicts and climate change.

Panel of international experts

Among the personalities invited to speak at the opening of the event are Bruno Masier, president of the World Federation of Trade Points and vice president of the Global Alliance for Trade in Services; Lachezara Stoeva, President of ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations; Fernando Gray, President of UCLG Mercociudades, Mayor of Esteban Echeverría, Argentina, and Anabel González, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organization.


In addition to the master lectures, on the 1st, panel discussions will be held with the participation of international experts on:

• Trade Policy, regional trade agreements and their role in the economic development of cities and regions.

• The strategic value of the media in commercial diplomacy.

The afternoon of the first day will be reserved for the organizations and companies participating in the Forum to hold bilateral meetings to analyze possibilities of collaboration.

Work tables

On December 2, the Forum will have work tables reserved for the reflection of the invited experts. They will cover topics such as:

• Commercial diplomacy in the parliamentary sphere. Global actions arise from local transformations.

• Cultural diplomacy to strengthen international relations.

• E-commerce in commercial diplomacy. The impact of technology on international trade.

• Commercial diplomacy in the scientific sphere. Global challenges framed within the Sustainable Development Goals.

• Commercial diplomacy in the parliamentary sphere. Global actions arise from local transformations.

Approaching markets

In parallel to the panels and work tables, companies will have the opportunity to learn about the business opportunities that the main international markets offer them, in the hands of specialists who will help them start or consolidate their export activity.

Given the international nature of the speakers and to apply first-hand the importance of diplomatic relations, Joaquín Gómez, director of INFO, has declared that "the intention of the organizers is to celebrate the third edition of the Forum on the other side of the Atlantic , in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, another important port city located on the Caribbean Sea that shares its name and commercial historical importance.

The Forum will be held in the El Batel congress auditorium, all the information, schedules and panels can be found on the web


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