Sept. 28, 2012
-- Nicaragua’s EXPOAPEN conference, whose theme is “Marketing and Internationalization”
, will be hosting a total of 250 companies from sectors such as textiles, apparel, handcrafts, manufacturing, agriculture, agroindustry and footwear, among others.
The event, organized by the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN, for its acronym in Spanish) and held on September 28th and 29th, seeks to promote export products and facilitate access to new markets.
This year’s program will include presentations on the country’s competitiveness, export product tendencies, adapting SMEs to current business climates, financing for trade activities, among other topics.
Additionally, due to Nicaragua’s diverse export offer, over 70 international buyers, including supermarket representatives, wholesalers and companies, will be visiting the country to attend the EXPOAPEN conference.
Azucena Castillo, General Manager of APEN, explained that buyers registered to date “are direct representatives of supermarket chains and convenience stores in Central America, Europe, the U.S., the Caribbean and Asia”.
During the first semester of 2012, Nicaragua exported a total of US$1,401 million, a 10 percent increase versus the US$1,277 million exported during the same period of 2011. The country’s main export products are coffee, meat, gold and sugar, while its main export destinations are the U.S., Venezuela, Canada, El Salvador and Costa Rica.
The conference will be held in collaboration with PRONicaragua, the official investment and export promotion agency, the Superior Council of the Private Enterprise (COSEP, for its acronym in Spanish), the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic Development, the Chamber of Industries of Nicaragua, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Nicaragua (Amcham).