April 2012 was a very exciting time for Centrallia and its core partners: ANIM, Manitoba's Bilingual Trade Agency and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Winnipeg's application for the establishment of bilingual World Trade Centre in Winnipeg was successfully licensed and approved!
|Winnipeg receives approval for a World Trade Centre|
Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO of ANIM, is very enthusiastic about the new doors that will open for Winnipeg thanks to this status. “With the Centrallia global business forum, not only did we broaden our worldwide connections we also found a key partner in the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce,” explains Mulaire.
“Building a bilingual World Trade Centre is a bold idea that we knew we could achieve through our association: ANIM brings its international experience and a network of more than 70 international economic development agencies, industry associations and chambers of commerce, and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce will secure and manage the World Trade Centre location so it becomes a focal point for Central Canada’s international trade community and a valuable resource to its local members.”
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Dave Angus, certainly shares in the excitement. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Winnipeg as well as for Manitoba businesses since a World Trade Centre (WTC) provides businesses with access to a diverse array of state-of-the-art trade services, enabling them to increase their international sales."
The World Trade Centers Association established in 1968 was born out of a studied need to create facilities that would serve as focal points for the convenience of the promotion of international commerce. There are currently more than 320 World Trade Centers in 96 countries.
Centrallia will be hosted by Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from October 10-12, 2012.