Trade mission and business conference “Europe meets the Americas”,5th till 8th May included on Aruba

From May 5th till 8th 2013 a trade mission "Europe meets the Americas" will be heldon Aruba. The organization of this is in the hands of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Aruban government. The trade mission aims to jointly seize opportunities in the rapidly growing

markets of Latin America. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supervises Simon Smits, Director-General for External Economic Relations of the Ministry, the economic mission.

Participation in "Europe meets the Americas" is particularly interesting for entrepreneurs and investors who want to do business with Latin America, in particular Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, the countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in the Dutch Caribbean. Through these countries they have a potential reach of over 400 million consumers.

Participation is open to companies from the following sectors: sustainable technologies (energy, mining, agriculture, infrastructure and transport), logistics and infrastructure (storage, distribution, processing, ports, airports), tourism (training), financial services and business support, water (works) and retail. Companies and investors located in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are cordially invited to participate.

The economic mission starts on May 5th with a conference of regional ambassadors. On May 6th a business conference is planned. This conference deals extensively with the trade possibilities from the Kingdom and Aruba. The conference provides a unique opportunity to establish contacts from one location within the Kingdom with potential business partners and customers in Latin America.

The ambassadors of the Kingdom in the region and several consuls-generals will also participate. On May 7th and 8th matchmaking appointments are scheduled for the participants. You can register via the website

For companies from the European and Caribbean Netherlands who want to have the guarantee of meeting potential business partners from Latin American countries, a customized service by Agentschap NL (EVD) is provided. Based on the company profile and specific requirements one on one appointments will be made with potential business partners, who are invited for that purpose. The organization strives to 4-6 appointments per participating company. In addition to companies from the above countries are also invited companies from other countries in Latin America. It is also possible to meet them during the conference.

More information about this tailor matchmaking can be found at: One can also contact RCN unit Economic Affairs.