AIA takes part in China Mining, as the only association representing Chile at major global fair
The delegation led by the Vice President of the AIA, Osvaldo Pastén, and the Expo Manager of Exponor, Andrea Moreno, aimed to generate new commercial linkages and promote Exponor 2019. Held over three days, the China Mining Congress & Expo show, held in the city of Tianjin, was the target of a delegation from the Antofagasta Industrial Association (AIA), led by its first Vice President, Osvaldo Pastén, and Andrea Moreno, Expo Manager of Exponor, an event which will host China as guest nation at its 2019 edition, which will take place from May 27th to 30th. This huge event is made up of three segments: the exhibition, a conference and interesting associated events. It is one of the most high-profile shows for the global mining industry, bringing together experts from all over the world to network and generate business contacts. "Our presence as the only Chilean association at this activity reflects the importance of the AIA, not just in promoting a dynamic regional economy, but also at the national level, especially considering the relationship we have with China today", highlighted the President of the AIA, Marko Razmilic, also pointing out that China is Chile's top trading partner and the destination of 70% of its copper exports. Trade between both countries is worth almost 35 billion dollars.
Promoting Exponor 2019
The executives got the chance to spend time with the ambassador of Chile in China, Luis Schmidt, along with the Under Secretary for Mining, Pablo Terrazas, who during his presentation at the event spoke about the pipeline of mining projects in Chile and called for participants to take part in Exponor 2019. "This is where important business will be done, not just for new mining projects, but also their suppliers", Terrazas emphasized. During the activity, the representatives held meetings with exhibiting companies and associations, including a face-to-face with the Vice President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronics (CCCME), Guiqing Wang, with the aim of strengthening trade links with the Asian giant and continuing to promote the upcoming international show in Antofagasta. China will be the guest nation at the next edition of the show, in recognition of its close relationship with the domestic mining market. This economy has boasted growth levels that in 2017 reached 6.9%, a figure not projected to drop below 6% in years to come, maintaining an interest in Latin America and the Carribean that will manifest in investment worth over $US 250,000 million, according to ECLAC.