ST. LOUIS— More than 30 community and business leaders from the St. Louis region are set for a trade & investment mission to Argentina. The trip to South America, from Nov. 5-11, will include stops in Buenos Aires and Rosario.
The World Trade Center St. Louis and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership are leading the trade & investment mission. Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney, World Trade Center Executive Director Tim Nowak and senior-level executives from many St. Louis-area companies/organizations are scheduled to attend.
“In recent months, St. Louis has explored interest in developing a deeper relationship with Argentina,” Nowak said. “There are currently a number of important connections as global agriculture leaders Bunge and Monsanto maintain a strong presence in both St. Louis and Argentina.”
Monday in Buenos Aires will feature an economic overview of the South American country and presentation called “Argentina to the World.” Breakout sessions will focus on trade & investment, education and culture.
Tuesday’s schedule opens with an event called “The Global Rise of Innovation Ecosystems.” Panel discussions will revolve around AgTech, BioTech, FinTech and Open Innovation. A St. Louis specialty, Sugarfire Smoke House, will be served for dinner.
Meetings with Buenos Aires government officials are slated for Wednesday. Other events that day include a networking opportunity with 50+ Argentinian companies/organizations and the signing of a St. Louis-Rosario Sister Cities agreement.
Panel discussions on Thursday will include topics such as Argentina’s ideas to feed the world, business opportunities between the two countries, early stage showcase and challenges of its AgTech Ecosystem. The Yield Lab, a St. Louis-based AgTech Accelerator, is also expected to make a special announcement.
“Several recently-established entrepreneurs in St. Louis have longstanding historical ties to Argentina,” Nowak said. “By leading this delegation, we intend to leverage the momentum and develop new connections economically through trade & investment with a particular focus on agricultural and financial technology, academically through our universities and culturally through our institutions and people.”
The journey will wrap up on Friday with a tour of Rosario.
Mosaic Project Executive Director Betsy Cohen and Director of Foreign Direct Investment Sean Mullins will join Nowak as the World Trade Center attendees. In addition to Sweeney, the Partnership will be represented by Vice President of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ginger Imster and Vice President of Administration Kristin Lappin.
“We are really looking forward to this trip,” Nowak added. “On one hand, there are so many awesome things happening in the St. Louis region and we will be able to tell those stories. On the other hand, one of our main objectives is to learn from these great leaders in Buenos Aires and Rosario. We want to hear their stories and see first-hand what they are doing.”
For updates during the trip, follow @WTCSTL and @STLPartnership on Twitter or connect with the World Trade Center St. Louis and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership on Facebook. Trip participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #STL2ARG on all social media platforms.