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  September 9th, 2014 | Written by

New Jersey Partners with

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Trenton, NJ – New Jersey has signed a partnership agreement with, a new social media platform that connects Latin American and Caribbean enterprises with business opportunities throughout North America.

The move makes New Jersey the first US state to enter into a partnership agreement with ConnectAmericas, an online investment platform that will aim to provide connections and information across borders for Latin American businesses looking to partner in new global markets.

ConnectAmericas was developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IBD) with the support of globally renowned companies such as Google, DHL, Visa and Alibaba.

The online ecosystem works to promote international commerce by providing contacts, industry-specific information and financing options for Latin American and Caribbean companies looking to expand their markets.

“This partnership will serve as a facilitator in strengthening economic ties with Latin America and the Caribbean – particularly with Mexico. As New Jersey’s second largest trading partner already, we know that expanding that relationship, and building new ties with others in the region, is incredibly important for our economy moving forward,” said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

The agreement, he said, “will result in greater opportunities to work together by increasing access to information as we conduct business and work on economic issues among our countries.”

The announcement was made in conjunction with IBD representative Mercedes Rosalba Araoz Fernandez at the recent “Invest in New Jersey” symposium in Mexico City, Mexico.

Sponsored by Choose New Jersey, the state’s domestic and international economic development agency, the symposium included a keynote address by Governor Christie and industry round tables led by a team New Jersey business leaders.