The Chilean economy has doubled in size over the last decade and is not only South America’s fifth largest economy, it also has the continent’s highest level of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Chile is the UK’s third-biggest trading partner in Latin America, and its very pro-business outlook and strong drive for innovative solutions make it a great first stop for companies new to the region.
It may be worth checking the lay of the land before you commit to any business ventures, and an international conference call is the perfect way to do this without having to rack up the air miles.
And here’s how to…
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Chile
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free PIN before clicking on ‘Invite Participants’ to generate an email template into which you enter the time, date and subject of the proposed conference call.
Choose UK and Chile dial-in codes, click ‘Copy this invitation’ and paste it into an email before sending it to up to 100 participants.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time colleagues should dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
– UK participants dial 0843 373 0843 (from landlines) or 83000 (from mobiles)
– Chile participants dial 02-32102184 (from landlines) or +44 843 373 0999 (from mobiles)
Your conference call is ready to begin!
What’s the best time to call Chile from the UK?
Santiago is a over 7,000 miles from London and flight times clock in at almost seventeen hours – with at least one stop along the way – so not convenient for quick business trips.
Despite the huge distance between the two countries though, Chile is four hours behind the GMT, so probably best to make your business calls in the afternoon or early evening to fit in with their local business hours.
Where is Chile?
Chile runs along the whole south western, Pacific coastline of South America, and borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania.
What is the FCO advice on travelling to Chile?
There is currently a strong police presence in Chile, following civil unrest in October and November of 2019, and so you should be vigilant and aware that there is the chance of more unrest, and possibly violence, particularly in the larger cities of Santiago, Valparaiso, Antofagasta, Concepcion and other major cities.
Even so, about 80,000 UK citizens travel to Chile each year without encountering any problems.
Crime is as much an issue in the bigger cities as anywhere else in the world, with opportunistic street crime a problem in areas popular with tourists. Take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Carry a photocopy of your passport and keep the original document in a safe place.
There are also reports of people being followed from Santiago International Airport to their destinations and then robbed, sometimes at gunpoint. If this happens, police advise to not put up resistance.
Bogus and unlicensed taxis are also a problem at airports, with reports of drivers robbing customers, so only use official and/or pre-booked taxis and to ask taxi drivers for proof of reservation.
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 131 for an ambulance, 132 for the fire brigade and 133 for police.