Consulates, International Chambers and other foreign country-related organizations provide Country Resources for our Richardson Businesses. We have included here, several of the countries that are most referenced for information about that country.
Consulate General of Argentina
2200 W Loop S ste 1025 ste 1025, Houston, TX 77027
1600 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
10900 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77042
Phone: (713) 785 1691
10700 Richmond Ave., Suite 315, Houston, TX 77042
Phone: (713) 783-9299 Ext: 4
Anvisa, in order to carry out its institutional mission, acts in alignment with various governmental agencies. Among them are the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, and control bodies such as the Federal Audit Office and the Ministry of Transparency.
500 N. Akard Street, Suite 2900, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., 75201
Phone: (214) 922-9806
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 20001
Phone: (202) 682-1740
More information about Chile:
Chile is one of the strongest trading partners and export markets for U.S. companies in South America, largely due to its open market policies, zero tariffs, democratic government, solid business practices, and low corruption.
As the world’s largest copper exporter, second largest lithium exporter, and a top agricultural exporter, Chile’s economy is driven by commodity exports and economic growth is closely linked to the price of copper.
The United States - Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), implemented in 2004, is the foundation for the commercial relationship and permits all U.S.-origin products to enter Chile tariff free. In 2019, U.S. exports of goods totaled $15.7 billion, or more than four times the pre-FTA figures while bilateral trade in goods between the two countries totaled $26 billion.
Chile is the 20th largest goods trading partner for the U.S., while the U.S. is Chile’s second largest trading partner and second largest foreign investor. Due to increased demand for the country’s top exports, Chile is expected to lead the region out of recession with an estimated growth rate of 5 percent in 2021 and the government has released a $34 billion stimulus plan focused on infrastructure. At the same time, Chile is on pace to deploy the first national 5G network in the region and will finalize plans to construct a submarine fiberoptic cable connecting the country with Australia.
Despite a historic economic downturn in 2020, Chile is projected to lead the region out of recession in 2021 with an estimated economic growth rate of 5 percent driven by increased demand for its key exports – copper and lithium.
Chile released a $34 billion public investment to stimulate recovery through 2022. Target sectors include transportation, water, digital, social, and healthcare infrastructure.
- Environment and Water Technology - Chile is planning to invest $250 million annually in water projects to improve water management in midst of a decade long historic draught. Mining companies are investing in desalination, clean energy, and other environmental technologies to make the operations more resource efficient.
- Agribusiness - The current market for specialized and energy efficient agricultural machinery and equipment is a best prospect since it reduces labor, saves energy, and subsequently lowers production cost. The industry trend is to mechanize agriculture processes such as harvesting, and to use other labor replacement machinery and equipment, which are in high demand by Chilean farmers. Chile must reduce production costs to remain competitive in the international market, of which it is an important food supplier.
- Healthcare - Chile’s annual healthcare expenditure is approximately 5 percent of GDP. Public healthcare expenses are expected to reach $13 billion by the end of 2020. The pandemic has also led to a rapid increase in the utilization of telemedicine from less than 1 percent pre-pandemic to an estimated 25 percent in 2020. In addition, many patients have delayed routine medical care, which healthcare officials expect to cause an increase in demand for health services in the second half of 2020 and 2021.
- 5G and Telecommunications - In May 2020, President Sebastian Pinera announced an ambitious telecommunications program to be implemented before the end of his Presidential term in March 2022. The program includes the first nationwide 5G network in Latin America, a subsea fiber optic cable to connect South America and Australia, and a new satellite network. The implementation of 5G will require an estimated investment of $3 billion over the next 5 years.
3505 International Pl NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 495 2266
3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
More information about Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the oldest continuous democracy in Latin America. In recent years, Costa Rica has achieved moderate economic growth (2.1 percent in 2019), though the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic has affected economic expansion, with mid-2020 World Bank estimates that the economy will contract by about 3% in 2020.
Costa Rica’s well-educated labor force; focus on English-language instruction; relatively low levels of corruption; geographic proximity to the United States and attractive free trade zone incentives offer strong appeal to many exporters and investors. In recent decades, the Costa Rican government has focused on attracting investment from relatively high-tech manufacturers, such as electronics and medical devices, as well as continued development of the dynamic tourism sector.
The United States is Costa Rica’s largest trade and investment partner. Approximately half of all Foreign Direct Investment and 40% of all imports are of U.S. origin. There are no restrictions on capital flows in or out of Costa Rica nor on portfolio investment in publicly traded companies, but companies are subject to local taxes. Foreigners can own property with no title restrictions, although special care must be taken to comply with laws governing coastal areas.
Market prospects are excellent in a variety of sectors, including building products, construction equipment, hotel and restaurant equipment, solar energy, franchising, cosmetics, auto parts and service equipment, electric vehicles and related equipment, pharmaceuticals, packaging, education, and tourism to the United States. Within many of these sectors, U.S. firms have captured a strong share of the market.
1900 West Loop S. Suite 1550, Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (832) 384-1200
271 17th Street, NW Suite 1750, Atlanta, GA 30363
Phone: +1 (404) 586-6800
3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20008
Phone: (202) 612-4400
1330 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1950, Houston, Texas 77056
Phone: (713) 850-7520
8303 Elmbrook Drive, Dallas, Texas 75247
Phone: (214) 754-1832
11 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 459-0044
STATEMENT OF MUTUAL COOPERATION
the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office,
Office of the Texas Governor, United States of America,
the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs,
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
The Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office, Office of the Texas Governor, and the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, will strive to engage in the following activities under this Statement of Mutual Cooperation (SMC) for the purpose of helping small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) expand into each party’s market, promote innovation through collaboration and joint research, and facilitate the creation of jobs through direct investment.
1) Providing foreign SMEs with information about, and introduce them to, agencies and institutions and persons who can provide support;
2) Disseminating program information among relevant local and regional stakeholders;
3) Supporting foreign SMEs on administrative procedures in the host market including providing information about the necessary paperwork for establishing a company or developing sales channels;
4) Sharing information about scheduled business matchmaking events, trade fairs of related industries, and space to exhibit commercial products/services in the host region;
5) Supporting foreign SMEs in building relationships with local companies, start-ups, investors, and universities to foster their integration in the local ecosystem;
6) Providing information to the employees of foreign SMEs and their families on matters concerning daily life including procedures related to healthcare, education, and residence.
2. DURATION OF OPERATION
This SMC will come into operation on the date of signature and will initially be applied until March 31, 2023, and may be renewed by the parties.
3. FINAL PROVISIONS
1) This SMC is subject to the prevailing laws and regulations of the State of Texas, the United State of America, and Tokyo, Japan.
2) This SMC is solely an expression of the parties’ desire to establish a mutually beneficial relationship and creates no legally binding rights or obligations and does not constitute any financial commitment by either party.
3) Any unspecified matters or differences that arise with respect to this SMC will be settled through consultations between the Office of the Texas Governor and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
4) This SMC does not eliminate pre-existing arrangements or statements of mutual cooperation between the Office of the Texas Governor and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, or those concluded between their other agencies, bureaus, or divisions.
5) Each party may, in accordance with their respective laws and regulations, conduct the cooperative activities outlined in this SMC at their discretion and subject to the availability of funds and personnel.
This Statement of Mutual Cooperation was signed on January 27, 2022, in Austin, Texas, United States of America, and Tokyo, Japan, in duplicate in Japanese and English, with each version being equally valid for
the recognition of the above articles.
Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office
Office of the Texas Governor
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
2534 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75229
Phone: (972) 241-6556
4201 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 895-1800
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2006, Houston, TX 77046
Minsheng East Rd., Section 3, #129, 7F, Suite 706 Taipei 10596, Taiwan
1024 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 944-3600
The Thailand Board of Investment or The Office of the Board of Investment is an agency of the Government of Thailand. Its mission is to promote foreign investment in Thailand by providing information, services, and incentives to interested foreign investors.
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- Beth Kolman, Director Economic Development
Phone: 972.792.2817 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org