On March 8th - 13th, 2018, we welcomed seven visitors from as many countries (Austria, Venezuela, Palestine, Egypt, Malaysia, Turkey, and Guinea) for a program examining "Global Economic Cooperation." They came to examine international economic cooperation, international financial institutions, integrating emerging markets, and the influence of global connections on local businesses.
Javier Lopez and the San Antonio chapter of the Asosiacion de Empresarios Mexicanos met with our visitors to discuss their goal of generating business opportunities for Mexican entrepreneurs in the United States by helping them get established, advising on rules, and assisting in legal matters. Our visitors also met with the City of San Antonio's Economic Development Department and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to discuss their work in fostering growth and bringing business development to San Antonio. Through partnerships with local business, different levels of government, and other non-profits, they were able to show our visitors the results they have achieved for San Antonio.
The Department of Commerce and its Commercial Service in addition to the Free Trade Alliance talked about their work in helping small or medium sized businesses export internationally. The insights of Daniel Rodriguez, Director of the Export Assistance Center, and Carlos Jarquin, President and CEO of the the Free Trade Alliance, into identifying international partners, navigating clients through documentation challenges, creating market entry plans, and much more were particularly valuable.
Dwain Parrish at the US Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Marketing Services explained the specific challenges of marketing domestic agricultural produce internationally and expanding the export markets for food, fiber, and specialty crops. Later, at the UTSA's International Trade Center, visitors learned about their work in providing comprehensive market research and helping small businesses reach the international market. Port San Antonio provided a different perspective through their work in connecting many business from around the world in one specialized Foreign Trade Zone.
These appointments helped learn about the importance of international economic cooperation through the perspectives of many different groups. All of the appointments were also able to stress the significance of the global economy to local businesses and communities through real-world success stories and best practices.