Made in Chongqing is very popular in Colombia

H.E. Sergio Cabrera, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to China:

Made in Chongqing is very popular in Colombia

What impresses me the most is the people here, they were friendly, outgoing, and creative.

In 2022, Chongqing's total import and export volume to Colombia reached 4.905 billion CNY, a year-on-year increase of 18.5%. Among them, the export was 4.815 billion CNY, a year-on-year increase of 16.6%, the import was 89.5 million CNY, a year-on-year increase of 698.1%.

During Sergio Cabrera's recent visit to Chongqing, he visited Chongqing companies, and took the lead on preparation of the Colombian National Pavilion at the "Belt and Road" Commodity Exhibition and Trading Centre in the bonded port area, held discussions with university teachers and students, participated in music radio programmes to promote Colombian culture, and explored cooperation opportunities between Colombia and Chongqing.

Set up Display Windows to Promote Exchange and Reference

Cabrera visited the "Belt and Road" Commodity Exhibition and Trading Centre to inspect the preparation of the Colombian National Pavilion. He stated that setting up product display windows between the two regions is conducive to mutual learning, exchange, and reference.

"'Made in Chongqing' is very distinctive and attractive." said Cabrera. The Chongqing Commodity (Colombia) Exhibition Centre is located in Medellin and a range of Chongqing products are very popular in Colombia, especially cars and motorcycles, and electronics equipment.

Cabrera said the visit has allowed him to see for himself the substantial development of Chongqing in recent years, especially in areas such as medical education.

Chongqing Companies are Developing Well in Colombia

Cabrera also visited the Liangjiang Smart Factory of Chongqing Seres Electric Automobiles and Chongqing Haifu Medical Technology Co., Ltd., to explore Chongqing's modern technology and innovative healthcare.

"Modern technology-based automotive companies like Seres have high production efficiency and good quality, and we believe that such products will be popular in Colombia, whilst Haifu Medical is committed to non-invasive treatment technology." Cabrera said both companies were in a leading position in the industry. Haifu Medical has already entered the Colombian market and Seres is planning to enter.

"Chongqing companies are doing very well in Colombia. From the perspective of trade volume between the two sides, Chongqing sells far more to Columbia than it buys from the country." Cabrera said he hoped to have more Colombian companies open up in the Chongqing market and increase exports to Chongqing. He believes that Colombia and Chongqing can also expand cooperation in more areas such as education and tourism.
60 Years of Association with China

Cabrera first came to China 60 years ago when he lived here in his youth, and developed a deep and unique affection for the country.

In March 2023, Cabrera returned to China as the Colombian Ambassador. He stated that he will be committed to continuously strengthen exchanges between the two countries and promoting the development of bilateral relations. He hopes the two countries can strengthen cooperation, deepen friendship, and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.