PuntaTech Mission January 2019

Join a Trade Mission of UK business executives and entrepreneurs to explore the opportunities that Uruguay offers for business expansion across the whole of Latin America

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Where & When


Applications are now open for this Trade Mission to Uruguay, leaving London on Saturday 12 January 2019 for Punta del Este, where delegates will attend the PuntaTech Summit conference opening sessions, and ending in Montevideo on Friday 18 January 2019.

Why Uruguay?

Often overlooked for international expansion, Uruguay has in recent years significantly developed its business philosophy to exploit its ideal positioning as a hub for businesses to service the entire Latin American market. Several major multinationals have already established Shared Service Centres, Manufacturing and Distribution bases, and there are excellent opportunities for both large and small companies.


What to expect

This Mission offers UK businesses interested in starting or expanding business in Latin America an ideal opportunity to see all that Uruguay has to offer at first hand and meet key players, prospective business partners and both Uruguayan and international business leaders.

Preparation and planning is critical to success. Advance meetings in London (also available via webcast) in October and November will prepare delegates for the Mission. The organisers will also have individual discussions with each participant to ensure that their specific interests will be covered, and individual meetings arranged as appropriate during the Mission week.

Benefits of taking part

By attending, you’ll learn about company creation, legal, administrative and employment matters, and how market opportunities across Latin America can be addressed from a base in Uruguay. You will also be able to explore tax benefits and other incentives, and the skills and resources of the local workforce. You will get the opportunity to meet important key players in Uruguay and its infrastructure for your business.

The PuntaTech event at the start of the week will enable you to meet professionals from across South America and understand the local skills available to develop and support the technology solutions that your business relies on.

Who should attend

The Mission is open to established UK and European businesses looking to expand in Latin America.
These could include:
  • Pharmaceutical, High-Tech equipment and food manufacturers that could benefit from a low tax manufacturing and distribution base to deliver to other countries in South America
  • Innovative technology companies looking to develop and market services
  • Companies of any type interested in setting up an overseas Shared Services Centre, especially those to service the Americas
  • Scientific and Engineering companies interested in establishing an R&D centre
  • Real Estate and Professional consultants
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(provisional, subject to change)

Saturday 12 January

Depart Europe for Punta
del Este, Uruguay

Sunday 13 January

Arrive in Punta del Este, official briefing for delegates and VIP Asado.

Monday 14 January

Morning: Uruguay introduction with presentations by UruguayXXI, multinationals with success stories in UY, consultancy companies, and an international keynote speaker.

Evening: PuntaTech Meetup – Plenary Conference

Tuesday 15 January

Morning: Transfer to Montevideo

Afternoon: Visit to World Trade Centre - with presentations by Uruguay XXI, the British-Uruguayan Chamber of Commerce and the WTC Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and a visit to a company based there.

Evening: Evening: Reception at the WTC.

Wednesday 16 January

Morning: Visits to Parque de las Ciencias (Science Park) and Zonamerica FTZs, including visiting relevant sector companies based there. Lunch at Zonamerica.

Afternoon: Tailor-made programme specific to delegate interests (B2B in Uruguay XXI).

Evening: Reception and networking, featuring Uruguayan Trade Minister, British Ambassador, FTZ executives, local Chamber members and local DIT staff.

Thursday 17 January

Morning: Tailor-made programme (e.g. visits to Port/Airport/LATU/Institute Pasteur, etc/B2Bs depending on the sectors) and closing lunch.

Friday 18 January

Morning: Scope for additional meetings before afternoon flight back to London, or transfer to Punta del Este (South America’s premier resort) for the weekend.

Interested in finding out more?

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Mission Information

  • Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is 26 October 2018.
  • Successful businesses will need to pay a non-refundable commitment fee of £750 plus VAT, and their own travel and accommodation costs (special rates are available).
  • The Mission is supported by Uruguay XXI, the country’s Investment Promotion Agency, and additionally promoted by the UK Department for International Trade. The UK organisers are International Corporate Creations Ltd, acting on behalf of Uruguay XXI.

About the organiser


International Corporate Creations Ltd (ICC) provides a complete range of services to research, plan and implement international expansion for other companies to all countries of the world. ICC also provides support services to countries seeking foreign direct investment, and it is in that role that it is organising this Trade Mission. Interested parties can be assured that ICC will at no stage before, during or after this Mission advertise or promote its own services.

Oliver Dowson, CEO of ICC, will lead the Mission and accompany it from London and throughout the week. He has formed, managed and sold on several companies in South America and has travelled extensively in all its countries, and led and participated in other Trade Missions. He is fluent in Spanish. A more detailed bio can be found on his

LinkedIn page here: Linkedin

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