By  on June 29, 2012

NEW YORK — With the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement less than two months old, Colombian officials went all-out Wednesday night with a fashion show, cocktail party and expo to show off the country’s textiles and manufacturing know-how.

Before the start of a 20-minute fashion show, which was live-streamed, and after sampling manchego balls and Colombian arepas, First Lady María Clemencia Rodríguez welcomed the 1,300-person strong crowd at the Waldorf-Astoria. With gigantic video panels flashing the nation’s yellow, blue and red flag, guests need not have wondered why they had gathered. Proexport Colombia and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism financed the event, which was capped off with two acrobats performing with yellow, blue and red cords. As a final farewell, what sounded like fireworks signaled a blizzard of confetti in the colors of the Colombian and American flags.   

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