Time to draw the conclusions for this trip to Bolivia and Ecuador.
Tarija Bolivia: Strategic Conference on the exports of Wine
Despite our late arrival, very successful. A cooperative spirit made everyone focus to take an important step towards the establishment of a generic body “Wines of Bolivia” that takes responsibility of providing the much-needed export-related services to all members that have a stake in Bolivia. In addition, a roadmap was agreed upon for the Wines of Bolivia platform and a working group agreed to further develop the essence of the platform, as well as the organisation- and budget structure. A next conference in April will be decisive on how this body will become operational.
Santa Cruz Bolivia: CBI Progress meeting with CADEX (Chamber of Exporters)
Long strenuous, yet good talks about different topics that are CBI related; development of a business strategy for new sector approach for CADEX, strategic plans for a training facility (CEFEX), Export Coaching and Business Development programmes in the Bolivian timber sector, CADEX potential role in the wine and tourism sector all were discussed and actions were formulated. It was good to tune in with Cadex on these matters.
Quito, Ecuador: Acquaintance meeting with Universidad de Las Américas
Ecuador being an exit country for CBI, the UDLA requested the possibility to purchase a CBI training on EU Trade and supply management. I warmly made acquaintance with the university, the international business course coordinator and the Dean of the faculty. A draft of the programme was designed, included some innovative manners of testing and reporting by students that will be attending this training and of course budgets and the training logistics were fine-tuned. After that I was treated with a fantastic lunch, prepared by UDLA students, aspiring to become chefs. In a restaurant-style classroom we were served , a 7-course typical Ecuadorian cuisine, prepared in an avant-garde style. Don’t ask me what I ate, but surely it was the best meal I had this trip.
A great conclusion of an intense week abroad, I suppose.