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Georgia announces new international trade representatives for Mexico and Colombia

Georgia is the first U.S. state to announce trade representation in Colombia | 02/04/2014

ATLANTA, Feb. 4, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has selected Entrepreneurs International as the state’s newest international trade representative, covering both Mexico and Colombia. Georgia is the first U.S. state to have representation in Colombia.

“Strengthening our international trade representation is crucial to economic development in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Being the only U.S. state with representation in Colombia, Georgia is taking the lead in the global marketplace.”

Colombia joins GDEcD’s efforts in Latin America, which already includes Mexico, Chile and Brazil. Mexico is one of Georgia’s top 10 largest trading partners and Georgia has had continuous representation in Mexico since 1993, with a strong focus on export promotion. In addition, Colombia becomes the 11th strategic international market providing economic development services to Georgia, joining Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“Due to the fact that Entrepreneurs International already has representatives in both Mexico and Colombia, we can now offer Georgians export assistance in a new market: Colombia,” said Kathe Falls, Division Director, International Trade, GDEcD. “In 2012, Georgia ranked as the nation’s 12th largest exporting state based on dollar value of exports and additional international representation will help move Georgia’s export ranking forward.”

Entrepreneurs International, a global consulting firm, has partner affiliations in 45 countries. Juan Carlos López Gutiérrez, CEO of Entrepreneurs International, will serve as Managing Director for both markets.

“The eagerness from Georgia companies to attend trade shows and events in Colombia is a good sign that the Colombian market is attractive to Georgia-based business,” said López. “Georgia exported an average of $255 million in goods to Colombia from 2008-2010 and with trade barriers being eliminated, that number will grow larger and faster.”

Exports create twice as many jobs as domestic trade. For every job created in making a product, another is created in getting the product to an international market. In 2012, Georgia had a record-breaking export value of $35.9 billion and 176,843 created or retained jobs. As of June 2012, more than 9,000 companies exported from Georgia.


About the Representatives

Juan Carlos López Gutiérrez
juan-carlosManaging Director
State of Georgia – Colombia & Mexico
Entrepreneurs International
CRA. 18 # 78-40 Of 704
Bogota D.C. – Colombia
T: +57.320.870.0055
Juan Carlos López Gutiérrez is a business manager with a strong background in project development, research and execution. His private sector experience includes work in a variety of industries and countries and with both micro enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. López has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jasmín Torres Tarquino
jasmin-torresTrade Representative
State of Georgia – Colombia & Mexico
CRA. 18 # 78-40 Of 704
Bogota D.C. – Colombia
T: (+1) 404.462.9771
GDEcD’s day-to-day contact for both Colombia and Mexico will be Jasmín Torres Tarquino. Born in Colombia, her previous experience includes fundraising, event management and global team planning, management and performance. She previously lived in Kenya and is fluent in English and Spanish. Torres holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Languages. As an entrepreneur herself, she founded a financial development organization that focuses on students.
Walter Alejandro Heredia Davila
walter-alejandroTrade Representative
State of Georgia – Mexico
Entrepreneurs International
Calle Milton 75, Colonia Anzures C.P. 11590
Distrito Federal – Mexico
T: (+52) 1 554 810 5208
Walter Alejandro Heredia Davila has previously worked with business entities from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Brazil, India, Canada, the United States and other markets. Heredia has successfully connected companies with distributors and potential clients to penetrate the Mexican market and provided consulting on conducting business in Mexico. A native of Mexico, Heredia is fluent in English and Spanish with a basic knowledge of French and Italian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Administration Systems Engineering.



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