Alex Pessagno, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America, Alex Passagno

How are Christmas and New Year celebrated in Latin America? Christmas is celebrated at home with family. Family members share a late dinner and a toast at midnight to celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day. Gifts are opened the next morning. This is similar for New Year’s, with the addition of a lot of fireworks!

What’s one standout achievement for TIQ LatAm in 2018? The successful introduction of the Queensland METS company Phibion to the region. Phibion won the Environmental Solutions Award at this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, and they’re bringing new technology to manage tailing dams in Latin America. They have orders from Bolivia and strong interest from other LatAm markets, so they’re really making a strong impact in the region.

What are you most looking forward to in 2019? Continuing to work with our clients, bringing new exporters to the region, and continuing to promote Queensland as an excellent study destination in Australia.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters? Start 2019 looking east towards Latin America! TIQ Latin America can help your new year be merry and bright, with new sales opportunities and strategies to grow your business.