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“The Baker & McKenzie Argentina Seminar” N01 (Nov 2018) - “How to deal with Argentina and Argentinians”

We had the pleasure and the honour of hosting this high-calibre event (mostly due to the generosity of our ‘Friends & Supporters’ from International Law firm Baker Mckenzie)

This seminar aimed and did introduce to future ‘players’ looking for opportunities to get involved with Argentina which for the last 4 years has been increasing its role in international trade, investment and infrastructure development. To demonstrate this point it was the organisation of the 2018 G-20 in Buenos Aires.

In view of the above developments the AABC has been for the last 6 months organising its “First Commercial and Cultural Mission” to Argentina. We have fixed departure from Sydney on Sunday 21st July 20919, and arrival back to Sydney on 05/08/19.

Onto the seminar, it was held at Baker & McKenzie Offices in Barangaroo, Sydney. The speakers, businessmen and experts on the bilateral commerce (some with presence already in Argentina, others have dealt with the country of our attention for more than 25 years. The forum provided for passionate and accurate deliveries. The information about their experience in Argentina and increased interest were top-class. Serious prospects for investment and trade in the country have surfaced up.

We are very hopeful and seriously working to make this happen with our July Mission. The AABC is thrilled to present this real opportunity to be investigated Thus, we propose to you, join the AABC and come with us to what is going to be a superb informational tour.

The experts who generously shared their experiences and knowledge were:

Mr Jason Beckton, Director, Dark Horse Resources

How to deal with Argentinians of diverse backgrounds?  

Mr Beckton presented his experiences in the life cycle of mining in Argentina, such as getting approvals, finding partners, building infrastructure, and the colourful stories of dealing with the culture and idiosyncrasies of the citizens.

Mr Sebastian Fratto, Commercial Attaché, Consulate-General of Argentina

i) Potential Areas for Australian Investment; ii) Why Argentina? iii) Brief on government support in offer.

Mr Fratto a highly experience diplomat, displayed fascinating graphs with statistics and facts about Argentina such as water availability. Additionally, spoke on the advantages and benefits of doing business in Argentina. Mr Fratto is posted at the Consulate General of Argentina in Sydney, and he would welcome your enquiries.

Equally should you need to deal with other logistic, strategic and market connections matter the AABC can assist you once you become a member. This includes, if needed an introduction to the Embassy of Argentina in Canberra. 

Mr Louis Joseph, Director/Part owner of Algona Horticulture.

Mr Joseph has been operating for the last 3 years, from Argentina and South America onto varied world markets. Main produce: Grapes, Citrus, Berries, Melons, Mangoes, and Stone fruit. He provided an outstanding approach to identifying potential producers and how they formed relationships with them to establish and grow an export market. Furthermore, Mr Joseph provided details about land prices, water availability, docking and shipping issues, and long chain supply to different countries were compared and contrasted.

Mr Rod McGeoch, Corrs Chambers Lawyers

The Australia Argentina Bilateral Relationship (Strategic Overview)

"Reflections and Perspective" of an Australian after 25 years in the joint-markets

Mr McGeoch, shall we say an ‘authority’ on bilateral relations between Australia and Argentina, shared a few of his numerous experiences with the owner of one of the biggest conglomerate companies in Argentina, (Corporacion America) and their relationship initially centred on event bids (e.g. World Cup, Olympics etc). Moreover, Mr McGeoch shared insider anecdotes from "behind the scenes" of many large events. Must reminder the readers Mr McGeoch-Mr Olympics 2000, was the central part of the mechanism that secured the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Today he is involved in many different areas, yet still an old-time-partner of Corrs Westgarth Chambers Law firm.

Mr Mike Schoettler, MD Sales Sense Pty Ltd

How to make networking work for you!

Mr Schoettler has an extended career in International Management, Sales and Sales Coaching. In previous recent life Mike spent many years with the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in many different capacities including Director of Governance for several years. Mike provided the audience with useful advice and practical actions for successful networking with international communities and more particularly Argentina and its business people.

The seminar lasted 90 minutes, we closed with 30 minutes of mixing, mingling and why not networking.

The Board of the AABC presses upon you to avail yourself the opportunity to hear more about Argentina. To this effect our next and second seminar (“B&MAS”) will be held on Tuesday 02/05/19 at Baker & Mckenzie, Barangaroo (Beijing & Hong Kong Room) from 4.30 PM till 6.00 PM. Furthermore, as our NFP/NGO is a membership-based organisation, we would very much appreciate you joining at different levels of AABC Membership (all details in aa-bc.org). And third-time-lucky, come with us to Argentina, TOPO will help you with the lingo and in selecting your steak and Malbec!