Business Leaders Forum in Córdoba

The Business Leaders Forum gathered more than 600 atendees in Córdoba on April 5th

B20 and the Group of Business Entities of Córdoba (G6) hosted the second Business Leaders Forum and the SMEs & SFS Task Force meetings at the Sheraton Hotel in the City of Córdoba.

The SMEs development and the future of food were the key topics in the event´s agenda. Governor Juan Schiaretti opened the Forum and called for the articulation of the public and private sectors to boost SMEs growth.

“96% of Cordoba´s companies are SMEs. Our world is going through a notable scientific and technological revolution. We may not be certain about what kind of jobs will be around in the next 20 years, but we are certain they will be generated by SMEs. SMEs are vital for a society´s productive scheme and social fabric.” remarked Juan Schiaretti, Governor of Córdoba.

The forum was attended by Daniel Funes de Rioja, B20 Chair, Pedro Villagra Delgado, G20 Sherpa, Fernando Grasso, Secretary of Industry of the Ministry of Production, and Andres Murchison, Secretary of Food and Bioeconomy of the Ministry of Agroindustry.

“We must take advantage of the opportunities the international market offers us regarding food trade, working together with the public and private sectors to promote a smarter integration in the global food chains, considering Argentina is one of the 11 countries with surplus food production” said Andrés Murchison.

The first Inspirational Session focused on the role of innovation to foster SMEs growth. The panel included Inés Berton, SMEs Task Force Chair & Tealosophy CEO, Gerardo Seidel, President of Industrial Union of Córdoba, Luca Donelli, President of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, and Daryl Bouwkamp Sr. Director of International Business Development at Vermeer Corporation. Joao Adao, Facebook So-Co Managing Director, followed with a presentation on the business challenges in the digital age.

“B20 is one of the most relevant instances of convergence between business leaders on a global scale. The recommendations that we arrive at during this process, along with other international platforms of cooperation, are essential to promote change in global impact policies,” said Daniel Funes de Rioja.

The second Inspirational Session focused on recommendations to overcome food shortages in the world based on responsible consumption, nutrition, health and sustainability. The panel included Karen Vizental, VP Sustainable Business and Communications for LatAm and SoCo at Unilever, Phil O´Reilly, SFS Task Force member and BIAC Chairman, Virginia Vilariño, Climate & Energy Manager at CEADS and Miguel Zonnaras, Director of Georgalos and President of UIA Joven. Fernando Landa, B20 Policy Sherpa was the moderator.

“The topics regarding food are new to the G20 cycle in Argentina and one of this year´s priority axes. B20 added the topic considering Argentina´s strong agroindustrial sector, essential to reaching a sustainable future of food,” explained Fernando Landa.

The next panel focused on G20 and its affinity groups  and included T20 member Eduardo Bianchi, W20 Chair Susana Balbo, S20 Chair Roberto Williams and moderator Marcelo Olmedo, President of the Córdoba Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Funes de Rioja and  B20 Co-Chair group members Miguel Acevedo (UIA) and Daniel Pelegrina (SRA) closed the forum and announced that the next Business Leaders Forum will be celebrated in San Juan on May 18th.