Representatives of Colombian businesses rang the bell at the start of trading of the New York Stock Exchange Monday.
The ceremonial opening of trading was also the beginning of Colombia Day, an event organized to promote Colombian businesses with U.S. investors.
“Colombia Day has one very important goal: to bring positive exposure to the growing and exciting Colombian financial markets,” spokeswoman for the initiative, Maria Baron, told Colombia Reports in August.
On Tuesday, Colombia’s new trade minister, Mauricio Cardenas, will speak before investors at an event organized by investment banking giant J.P. Morgan.
Among the Colombian companies attending the events is Bancolombia, one of two companies from the South American country whose stocks are traded on the NYSE.
The 2012 edition of Colombia day is the second of what has become an annual event.