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Governor Scott In Colombia For Trade Mission

Florida and the nation of Colombia are $9 billion dollar trade partners.  Florida Governor Rick Scott is in the Colombian capital of Bogota this week helping to maintain that relationship.

Scott, and nearly 200 business leaders, left on Sunday for the three-day trade mission trip.  Monday’s itinerary shows the governor is meeting with Colombian flower companies and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bogota.  Flowers are a major import to Florida, with aviation and technology being Florida’s main exports to Colombia.  Last week Scott said helping businesses is his main goal on the trip.

“The purpose is to build relationships with Florida businesses, so either they sell something to them, or they invest in our state.”  Scott said.

The Governor has already been on trade missions to Brazil, Israel, Spain, England, Canada, and Panama.  Scott is expected to meet the United States' Ambassador to Colombia, P. Michael McKinley on Monday, and with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday.