ProCórdoba and Cordobese companies Participate in the Seminar on Public Procurement and International Organizations
On December 13th, the Manuel Belgrano Auditorium of the Argentine Chancellery was home to the seminar "Public Procurement and International Organizations: How to Become a Provider for the United Nations." The event was co‑organized by UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services), the Argentine Chancellery and ProCórdoba Agency.
The seminar welcomed 150 companies, associations, and representatives from different sectors, who expressed a great interest in the practical tools for international organizations' providers that were shown by presenters.
UNOPS Deputy Regional Director Giussepe Mancinelli shared his opinion on the event:
I believe this has been a huge success, with lots of participants. The message was clear. I think companies really understood what is the potential market that exists with the United Nations and, most importantly, which steps they should follow to register as providers in the global market."
In addition, he underlined the need to follow up on this process with the help of different actors:
I hope we can see concrete results with the follow‑up and support provided by the parties: the UN, ProCórdoba Agency, and the Argentine Chancellery. The goal is to achieve a greater participation on the part of companies."
ProCórdoba Agency was in charge of the second string of presentations, which was entitled "Assistance to Argentine Companies for Public Procurement." Cooperation and International Relations Manager Viviana Arias talked about the experience gained over years of work in the public market and presented the success stories of two Cordobese companies and one firm based in Buenos Aires.
Córdoba's Silmag and Vallé Equipamientos, represented by International Trade Manager Esteban Atti and Sales Manager Martin Cerezuela, respectively, shared their experiences as providers for the United Nations as well as suggestions and recommendations to potential suppliers. Buenos Aires's EXO, represented by Governance and Education Manager Roberto Guarnaccia, held a conversation about their experience with those present. The panel was completed with presentations by Celeste Ingaramo, International Relations Coordinator at the Secretariat for Entrepreneurs and SMEs, and Norma Salcedo, Senior International Consultant for Multilateral Organizations. The speakers noted ProCórdoba's efforts to work closer and closer to SMEs and referred to the "Companies' Guide to Public Procurement and Funding", which they will launch this year together with the Agency.
Silvana Rufail, Project Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commented on the event and said,
We believe that [public procurement] is a market that offers great opportunities (...) and that small- and medium‑sized businesses in Argentina are ready to access that market. The idea of this seminar was to present these opportunities to them, and we are very happy with the results because the activity has sparked a lot of interest."
ProCórdoba, the Export Promotion Agency of the Province of Córdoba, has been hard at work providing assistance to companies to help them take part in international acquisitions as part of their export activity. The Agency's experience in training on these matters and bringing together supply and demand allows it to share everything its learned and transfer know‑how.
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