Last week, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez wrapped up a trade mission to Colombia, looking to build ties between that nation and Florida.
Nuñez led more than 50 small and mid-sized businesses in a trip coordinated by Enterprise Florida (EFI). There were also almost 20 manufacturers and exporters from the Sunshine State which met with Colombian importers.
“This week, I had the pleasure of leading Enterprise Florida’s export trade mission to Colombia and saw firsthand how they are expanding the Sunshine State’s economy by developing new opportunities for businesses looking to enter global markets,” said Nuñez after getting back to Florida on Thursday. “With our state accounting for 24 percent of all U.S. trade with Colombia, it is extremely important that we continue building on this vibrant trade relationship to ensure growth and prosperity for both.”
“Florida-made goods and services are in high demand in the global marketplace,” said Florida Commerce Sec. Jamal Sowell, the president and CEO of EFI. “Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Nuñez for leading this important mission to Colombia. This week’s efforts will result in exciting opportunities for small and medium sizes business in Florida and Colombia alike.”
Besides meeting business leaders, Nuñez also met with Colombian officials and U.S. Amb. to Colombia Philip Goldberg.
“With more than $4.4 billion of merchandise shipped in 2018, and growing by six percent last year, Colombia ranks as Florida’s second-largest export market. The U.S. is Colombia’s largest trading partner, and bilateral trade between the two countries reached nearly $29 billion in 2018. With $7 billion in two-way trade, Florida accounts for 24 percent of all U.S. trade with Colombia—more than any other state,” the governor’s office.