TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s first accomplishment of his three-day Mexico trade mission tour came today after he signed a partnership agreement with ConnectAmericas.com, a social media platform that connects Latin American and Carribean enterprises with business resources and opportunities throughout North America, according to the governor’s office.
Made during an “Invest in New Jersey” symposium in Mexico City earlier today, the announcement makes New Jersey the first U.S. state to partner with the online investment platform, according to the governor’s office. Christie lauded the partnership , saying it will “serve as a facilitator in strengthening economic ties with Latin America and the Carribean — particularly with Mexico.
“As New Jersey’s second largest trading partner already, we know that expanding that relationship, and building new ties with others in the region, is incredibly important for our economy moving forward,” Christie said. “Our joint agreement will result in greater opportunities to work together by increasing access to information as we conduct business and work on economic issues among our countries.”
ConnectAmericas — the “first social network for businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to promoting international trade and investment,” according to the companies website — was developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IBD) together with companies like Google, DHL, and Visa, and aims to encourage information-sharing between businesses looking to expand their markets.
Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO of Choose New Jersey, Inc., the organization that sponsored the symposium, said online platforms like Connect Americas “can accelerate connections that can prove very valuable for New Jersey companies” in the absence of face-to-face meetings.
“ConnectAmericas brings together companies and entrepreneurs with potential clients, suppliers and investors through professional online communities that are segmented by industry,” McDaniel said. “It’s a powerful tool, made even more powerful by a partnership that ConnectAmericas has with Google Apps for Business that allows users to connect with their newly acquired business contacts via Google from anywhere in the world.”
Christie is in Mexico today on the first leg of his three-day tour, meeting with local businessman and citizens in a effort to strengthen the economic and social ties between the Latin American country and the Garden State, the governor’s office said. He is expected to make his first public appearance at later today when he greets U.S. Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne and Mexican Ambassador Sandra Fuentes inside the Intercontinental Presidente hotel in Mexico City.