A delegation from Colombia will arrive in Aberdeen today to take the first step in establishing a partnership with the local oil and gas supply chain.
Yesterday, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced a five year deal to support the South American country’s oil & gas sector as part of a state visit from Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.
Delegates from the Colombian city of Barranquilla will meet with counterparts at Aberdeen City Council to sign a letter of intent to work more closely together and help Colombia’s fourth largest city become a member of the World Energy Cities Partnership.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged £1billion in UK export finance to encourage investment in healthcare and energy projects in Colombia, with the partnership between Aberdeen and Barranquilla established to share best practice in areas like regulation, supply chain development and training.
Mr Fox said: “Barranquilla’s agreement with Aberdeen City Council will see it work with Aberdeen’s supply chain to identify the products and services needed to make the Colombian oil and gas sector a global success story.
“The partnership between the Department for International Trade (Dit) and the Colombian National Hydrocarbons Agency will see them working together to promote the UK supply chain in Colombia and sharing best practices in a range of areas including regulation and licensing, skills and training, social impact and infrastructure and supply chain development. It will also help to promote the development of commercial partnerships and links between both countries.”
Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: “This agreement is excellent news for Scotland, demonstrating the UK Government’s commitment to helping the Scottish oil and gas industry export its world-class skills and innovation around the globe.”