5 December 2011 - Attendance FREE
9am-12.45pm (followed by a networking lunch)
Lancaster House, London SW1A 1BB United Kingdom
This free event is hosted by the FCO and UKTI Overseas Business Risk service and will be opened by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Minister of State for Trade and Investment. It will provide businesses an overview of the political and economic realities of the region as well as advice on doing business in Latin America. It will include three expert-led sessions covering:
The latest political and economic realities in Latin America
Dealing with the challenges or risks you may face in these markets
The experiences of UK companies in these markets and how they have succeeded
These sessions will include speakers from: The Financial Times, Pinsent Masons law firm (on dealing with the risks of bribery and corruption), the Foreign Office, UKTI, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and also presentations and Q&A with UK businesses on how they have dealt with these issues and succeeded in these markets.
It is twelve months since the Foreign Secretary set out his vision for a step-change in relations with Latin America at the Canning Lecture. The rationale for engagement with the region remains as strong, if not stronger, than twelve months ago.
With 4%-5% growth rates predicted for the next five years and a GDP greater than India and Russia’s combined, Latin America provides a range of excellent opportunities for British exporters. It has a bigger middle class than China and India combined and is an easier place to do business than many other emerging markets. High-growth Latin America needs to be part of the UK’s export-led economic recovery.
This is a unique opportunity to find out more about the exciting opportunities that Latin America offers UK businesses across a wide range of sectors, and how to overcome the challenges you need to address to succeed there.