Uwe Beckmyer in Weimar, 2017 Latin America Day

Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, gave the opening speech for the 2017 Latin America Day, which was hosted in Weimar on 17 and 18 October 2017. This year’s motto was “Fresh dynamism? Latin America - U.S.A. – Germany”.

The two-day conference provided a platform for discussions about the latest developments in Latin American-U.S.-German economic relations, and about possible implications of the new U.S. approach to trade policy on Latin America and Europe.

Said State Secretary Beckmeyer: “The isolationist policies pursued by the U.S. Administration are having an effect not only on neighbouring Mexico, but also on trade with all of North and South America, Europe, and the Pacific region. This is why we have made it our objective to cooperate more closely with Latin America. The free trade agreements concluded by the EU are a particularly suitable tool when it comes to promoting open markets and free and equitable trade. They generate jobs and prosperity in our partnering countries and at home.”

This year, the spotlight at the Latin America Day was on Colombia. On day two of the event, business experts and representatives of Colombia engaged in discussions about new prospects for German businesses in Colombia, now that the civil war in the country has been ended.