Lord Mayor of London visits Chile to boost financial and professional sector links

The Lord Mayor of London, global ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services industry, is visiting Chile at the head of a business delegation this week with the aim of strengthening trade links with the City of London.

Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor, will meet government and business leaders, regulators, and trade bodies in Santiago in a visit focussed around the major Expomin Trade Show. The Lord Mayor will be discussing how the City of London can work more closely with Chilean companies as they invest for growth domestically and abroad.

Lord Mayor Bowman, the 690th incumbent of a role that dates back centuries, is the leader of London’s ‘Square Mile,’ or financial district, and has plans to visit 27 countries over the course of his year in office. Charles Bowman is an accountant by profession, and is a Senior Partner at PwC in London.

The Lord Mayor will be visiting Chile accompanied by a senior delegation of City figures, as well as Carlos Figueredo, Managing Director of Open Vector, a professional consultancy firm that provides advice on shaping and implementing open banking and open data initiatives globally.

Commenting on his visit to Chile, Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of London said:

“When I was elected Lord Mayor I made clear that during my year in office representing the UK’s financial and professional services sector I wanted to visit Chile.

“As the most pro-business, open, and successful economy in South America, Chile represents a natural partner for British businesses looking to expand into Latin and South America.

“I’m also looking forward to discussing with senior government and business representatives in Santiago about how the UK and Chile can partner to spur on mutual growth. Of particular interest are the fields of infrastructure and green finance, fintech, and asset management.

“Travelling at the head of a business delegation I’m confident that this visit to Chile will be hugely productive and will help build stronger business links that will bind our two countries closer together.”

The Lord Mayor’s visit will have a strong focus on innovation, and how financial and professional services can support the growth of startups in fields such as fintech. The Lord Mayor will also be speaking to institutional investors and Asset Managers about alternative funding sources such as Green Finance for major infrastructure projects.

The Lord Mayor will be tweeting from @CityLordMayor during his visit.