2011 International Days

March 29, 2011 – March 30, 2011 @ All Day
Location: Florida State University Conference Center
Address: 555 West Pensacola Street Tallahassee, FL 32306 | View Map

The Florida Chamber of Commerce hosted International Days on March 29 – 30 in Tallahassee.  The two-day event, attended by more than 200 participants, provided delegates the opportunity to hear from the state’s new administration and top international trade experts to discuss the significant role international business has in Florida’s economy.

Among the topics of discussion was the passage of pending free trade agreements (FTA) with the countries of Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. The FTAs have the potential to create more than 20,000 new jobs and more than $1.5 billion in international trade opportunities for Florida.  Attendees of the conference were asked to sign a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the FTAs.

“The Korean Free Trade Agreement is clearly a win-win for both countries,” said Ambassador Han Duk-Soo.  “The entire U.S. business community supports it, the Agriculture Commissioner supports it, and the Obama Administration supports it.  The time to act is now.”

Governor Scott spoke on the important Florida Chamber-backed seaport security legislation that is making its way through the Florida Legislature.  This legislation is essential to Florida because it comes at a time when Governor Scott announced his funding plan for the dredging of the Port of Miami.

“This is a golden opportunity, we need to take advantage of it,” Governor Scott said of the pending legislation.

Florida faces a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform its economy by becoming a global hub for trade, logistics, services and export-oriented manufacturing activities.  As identified in the Florida Trade and Logistics Study released by the Florida Chamber Foundation in December 2010, several trends will position Florida for a larger, more commanding role as a trade hub over the next decade, including the state’s location in the fastest growing U.S. business and consumer market at the crossroads of growing north-south and east-west trade lanes.

“We want to be the state where people want to build jobs and companies,” said Governor Scott.  “We should be the import and export capital of the Southeast, if not the nation.”

Additional featured speakers included Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Speaker of the House of Representatives Dean Cannon, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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