Colombia is betting on exporting biosecurity products within its economic reactivation plan, for which priority was given to 16 goods and services from 307 companies in 16 of the 32 departments of the country, official sources reported this Saturday.
"We identified 307 companies from 16 regions in Colombia, with which we have advanced 13 of 17 commercial activities to impact 20 markets in America and Europe, between commercial agendas, showrooms, catalogs and business roundtables," said the president of the promotion agency. ProColombia, Flavia Santoro.
Among the goods and services offered by Colombia are pharmacists, face protection masks, hygiene products, reusable masks, disinfectants, uniforms, health software and hospital furniture, among others.
Take advantage of the demand
According to ProColombia, entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the demand and the different commercial activities such as the virtual business conference held by the agency in which it offered biosafety and protection products for the countries of the Pacific Alliance.
In this event, 70 Colombian exporting companies from 10 departments and 36 buyers from Mexico, Chile and Peru participated, looking for items such as medicines, hygiene and cleaning products, reusable face masks and protective masks.
"This business round led to immediate purchases of more than US $ 150,000 and business expectations of US $ 1.2 million, with Chile being the largest buyer of the event," Santoro explained.
He added that of the entrepreneurs who participated, many make purchases for the States.
“For example, of the 15 buyers from Peru, 10 bid for the Peruvian State. This is a sample of the potential of public purchases, a marketing channel that we have within the priorities of the plan for economic reactivation in exports led by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism ”, expressed Santoro.
According to data from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), with analysis by ProColombia, between January and September, exports of biosecurity products totaled US $ 114.4 million, 9.5% more compared to the same period in 2019.
The main buyers were Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Chile, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, while the most exporting regions were Bogotá, Valle del Cauca, Atlántico and Antioquia.