MONTEVIDEO – The Uruguayan government and the United Nations are looking to “open the doors” to the country’s companies to give them an opportunity to offer goods and services to UN agencies.
Industry Minister Carolina Cosse made the announcement during the opening of a two-day seminar in Montevideo on Tuesday.
“Uruguay is very well respected in all international organizations in which it participates, the United Nations in particular. And we feel that we’ve never addressed in a systemic way promoting the procurement opportunities that these organizations provide for companies,” the minister said.
Uruguay XXI investment and export promotion agency executive director Antonio Carambula said that doing business with the UN would enable the country’s firms to conquer new markets and place new products.
Carambula stressed that it is “very important” to his agency for Uruguay’s small and medium-sized companies to get into the export area.
“What happens is that the quality standards that are demanded are often higher than those that can be asked for (in Uruguay). In the case of the United Nations, there are important quality standards and we hope, with this event, that we will be able to collaborate so that these companies can reach those standards,” he said.
Meanwhile, the UN resident coordinator in Uruguay, Mireia Villar, said at the opening of the seminar that the UN “is not a single market,” so one of the goals of the meeting is to provide entrepreneurs with general knowledge about the world body’s internal complexity and its procurement division.
She said that on a global level UN purchases increased from $13.7 billion in 2009 to $17.7 billion in 2016.