Dubai, UAE – New business opportunities emerging in the wake of Latin America’s economic rebound and Dubai’s role in supporting the region’s ambitions are among the key topics that government and business leaders will address when they gather for the 2nd Global Business Forum (GBF) on Latin America in Dubai.
The high-profile forum, organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be held on February 27th and 28th 2018 at Dubai’s Atlantis Hotel under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
Held under the theme “Connect – Collaborate – Grow”, GBF Latin America 2018 will feature interactive sessions offering insights on major economic trends, events and issues impacting Latin American markets, particularly those pertaining to trade and investment opportunities which offer potential for companies and investors in the UAE and GCC.
H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber, highlighted the importance of GBF Latin America and described the premier event as the largest event of its kind to be held in the Middle East.
“There is plenty of scope to expand economic cooperation between Latin American businesses and their Dubai counterparts, especially within the areas of agriculture, energy, tourism and finance. GBF Latin America is the ideal platform to host constructive conversations about such matters and explore new avenues of cooperation between business communities in Latin America, the UAE and GCC,” said H.E. Buamim.
Dubai Chamber’s President and CEO noted that the Global Business Forum series cements Dubai’s status as global business hub, while it helps develop the emirate’s trade links with promising markets around the world. The upcoming event, he said, will build on progress that has already been achieved during the first forum held in 2016, adding that it also supports the Chamber’s efforts to promote Dubai as it expands its presence across Latin America.
Overview of Key Sessions
Day one of the Forum will begin with an introductory session exploring the event’s theme of “Connect – Collaborate – Grow” in more detail. The session will highlight major steps taken by governments and companies in Latin America and the GCC to boost cooperation and establish new relationships, with the aim of creating mutual benefits and economic growth.
In a session entitled “Redefining the Potential – The Search for Future Growth”, panellists will take a closer look at Latin America’s economic rebound and government plans to stimulate growth within the region’s private sector. The session will identify key factors that are expected to drive future growth and the role of technology in reshaping Latin America’s economy.
Rapid development within Latin America’s transport and logistics sectors will be the main focus of the session entitled “The Building Blocks of Business – Creating New Supply Chains”, while industry experts will later share their insights on recent trends that are transforming the region’s finance sector.
Putting the spotlight on family-owned businesses in Latin America, a session on “Tomorrow’s Multilatinas – The New Entrepreneurs” will look at how the face of entrepreneurship is changing within the region. The discussion will be followed by sessions which will explore Latin America’s role in the global economy, growth prospects within the region’s tourism and energy sectors, in addition to the changing dynamics of global trade in light of regional integration and new trade agreements.
Kicking off day two of the forum is a session entitled “Future-Focused Governance in Latin America”, outlining recent steps taken by Latin American governments to rebuild the trust of both citizens and investors. It will be followed by a session exploring the potential of innovation in redefining the region’s competitiveness.
Additional sessions on day two will look at how Latin American companies can benefit from leveraging Dubai’s position as a hub for global trade and the halal economy, as well as new areas of cooperation between Latin American business communities and their counterparts in emerging markets, and Dubai’s role in supporting Latin America’s new economic vision.
The high-level forum is part of Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum series, which was originally launched in 2013 to highlight new investment opportunities in a number of emerging and dynamic markets across Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Latin America.
GBF Latin America 2018 is expected to attract top-level decision makers from the UAE, GCC, Latin America and beyond, including former heads of state, ministers, dignitaries, prominent CEOs, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity firms, in addition to business leaders, and entrepreneurs.