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www.Gat e w a yFlorida.or g www.GatewayFlorida.org www.G ate yFlor ida.org Spring 2008 FLORIDA-“The Gateway of the Americas ” TM Letter from the Chairman new name, an expanded agenda, and a newly Florida FTAA, the promotion of a hemispheric A energized effort to promote and build on FloridaÕs status as the ÒGateway of the AmericasªÓ Ð that is the message from Gateway Florida and its trustees. As the nationÕs economy market for biofuels through the International Biofuels Commission, and a portfolio of additional international economic development projects that bring prosperity to Florida. Ensuring that Florida enters into a period of uncertainty, Florida needs stays on the forefront of the hemispheric trade to redouble its efforts to promote our unique agenda is the common denominator in all of relationship with the growing economies of the Gateway FloridaÕs work. Western Hemisphere.Ê New trade agreements with Peru and Central Gateway Florida, through Florida FTAA, has America, and hopefully Colombia and helped build momentum for the United StatesÕ 12 Panama, give us the opportunity to hemispheric bilateral free trade agreements, promote our trade ÒfranchiseÓ and bring creating a contiguous chain of real estate from the more business and jobs to our state while Bering Sea and Northern Alaska to Patagonia in promoting free markets and democracy Southern Chile. We will continue to press our in our neighborhood.Ê Congress to do what is right and responsible and to pass the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement The figures speak for themselves.Ê Despite along with the agreement with Panama. setbacks in nearly every other area of the economy, trade between Florida and the Moreover, although we recognize that the original world, particularly the Americas, continues FTAA (as envisioned upon its conception in 1994) to grow at an impressive rate.Ê In fact, South must be delayed in the current political Florida trade increased by nearly 10% in environment, Gateway Florida has led the effort 2007, with four out of five of the stateÕs top to bring life to new alternatives for economic trade partners located in Latin America and the integration and free markets in the Americas. Caribbean. Serious policy discussions will soon be heard about the need to forge an alliance of hemispheric Gateway Florida will serve as the umbrella partners built around the principles of free markets organization to continue the trade advocacy of and democracy, an ÒAlliance for Hemispheric INDEX Prosperity.Ó (This initiative was originally New federal energy legislation mandates a advanced by former United States Trade dramatic increase in the use of biofuels over the Letter from the Chairman.............Page1 Representative Robert Zoellick, who referred course of the next 15 years. Florida stands to serve to it as an ÒAssociation of American Free as the leader in the development of new Letter from the President...............Page2 Trade AgreementsÓ in his Wall Street Journal technologies and the centerpiece of a hemispheric Trade Equals Prosperity article ÒHappily Ever AAFTA.Ó) The marketplace for biofuels such as ethanol and in the Americas................................Page3 ÒAssociationÓ or ÒAllianceÓ will serve to biodiesel. Florida can lead the charge to lessen consolidate free trade gains and build the our dependence on foreign oil imports and President Bush Discusses Free Trade Agreements foundation for a revitalized era of engagement promote a cleaner environment, while at the same in Miami...............................................Page4 between the countries of our time advancing economic development and energy hemisphere.ÊFurthermore, as Miami led the security in our hemisphere, plus a list of benefits Mission Statement...........................Page5 pack in securing endorsements for the FTAA that goes on.ÊBy the way, this is good business, Fueling Florida’s Future.................Page6 Permanent Secretariat, we will work to ensure for among these benefits are the investments and that the new alliance will have Florida as its jobs that will be brought to Florida. Open Letter to Congress from operational center.Ê Former Commanders of the U.S. Gateway Florida will support and partner with Southern Command......................Page7 Gateway Florida, through its partnership with local, state, and international organizations to Miami Working to Become Governor CristÕs Administration and promote economic engagement between Florida Hemispheric Center of Enterprise Florida, recognizes that there are and the hemisphere through a variety of projects Arbitration..........................................Page8 new avenues of engagement with our summarized in the mission statement included In the Spotlight..................................Page9 neighbors in the region that promote in this edition of ÒThe GatewayÓ (see page 5). Burt Landy Receives Award for economic development and advance the goal Commitment to International of improving the quality of life for Floridians FloridaÕs ownership of the title ÒGateway of the Business and our partners in Latin America and the AmericasªÓ through its registered trademark Caribbean.ÊPromoting partnerships to means that we are the centerpiece of an Promoting Economic Growth and Prosperity Among diversify our fuel supply and promote Ògreen increasingly integrated economy in the region. Marginalized Groups in tradeÓ is a central pillar of our new and Gateway Florida will work with our private and Bolivia and Peru............................Page10 expanded mission.ÊGateway Florida will work public partners throughout the state to ensure with Governor Crist and other stakeholders that Florida holds that title and builds it into the to build public and private partnerships future. promoting investment in renewable fuels, focusing on the development of a hemispheric and ultimately a global free marketplace in Sincerely, clean, efficiently produced biofuels. Ambassador Chuck Cobb Letter from the President t a time of economic uncertainty and heated our economy and a stabilizing factor in our region. A electoral politics, it is inevitable that the issue of trade will become part of the discussion over economic policy. During periods The countries showing significant economic growth are also the ones that are becoming more stable democracies. As of 2006, trade between such as these, we need to become energized, Chile and Florida had grown almost 135% since creative, and carry our positive message forward. the implementation of our free trade accord with Gateway Florida is uniquely positioned to be an that country. Furthermore, even in its early stages, advocate for FloridaÕs interests in DR-CAFTA has already demonstrated that our promoting economic engagement with long-standing trade relationship with Central our hemisphere and to help ensure America and the Dominican Republic promises that we reap the continued and ever- to become even more robust. Meanwhile, Peru Ð expanding benefits of our trade as mentioned above Ð is beginning to show a partnerships. degree of sustained economic growth and political It is a testament to the effectiveness stability. President GarciaÕs support for a strong of the StateÕs long-standing, trading partnership with the United States and bipartisan support for free trade that the region is a clear indicator that the rhetoric out the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion of some quarters in Latin America betrays the Agreement received overwhelming reality Ð free markets are growing and trade flows support from our delegation in have never been so high. Washington. The implementing legislation passed with the support of Therefore, despite some of the complexities of the spring 2008 both of FloridaÕs U.S. Senators and 22 current political situation in the U.S. and parts of of our 25 House Members. our hemisphere, business keeps growing on the international front. Our challenge is to ensure Our policymakers know what our business that Florida keeps its competitive edge as the community has long known Ð trade is increasingly ÒGateway of the Americas.Ó becoming the most dynamic driver of growth in the gateway 2 Ambassador Cobb provides a summary of our new Florida energy policy that seeks to move us away and expanded mission statement on the cover of from our dependence on foreign oil and toward this issue, and you can find a full outline of the more environmentally-sustainable sources of fuel. mission statement on page 5. The new mission is a combination of ambitious Ð if not audacious Through our various projects and strategic Ð policy objectives. Primary among them is the partnerships with statewide organizations like creation of a hemispheric alliance of free market Enterprise Florida, Gateway Florida will continue democracies based right here in Miami. As to promote the Florida Brand throughout the indicated, this framework ensures an eventual re- hemisphere. Promoting trade and the ÒGatewayÓ engagement on the project of economic integration brand will help to ensure the vitality of our in the Americas Ð while acknowledging that, for economy and build the foundation for great things now, global and domestic obstacles stand in the to come. way of a Free Trade Area of the Americas. In addition, promoting trade and cooperation in Sincerely, areas such as bio-fuels, an objective of our current Brian C. Dean governor and his predecessor, will be key to a Trade Equals Prosperity in the Americas The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the fostering of democracy in the region. Speaking the University of Miami s Center for on DR-CAFTA implementation, Villamil said that, Hemispheric Policy hosted President George although itÕs going slower than he would like, it W. Bush on October 12, 2007 in an event to will translate into the coming decadesÕ creation advocate the passage of the pending free trade of 130,000 new jobs and increase foreign direct investment in the region. agreements (FTAs) with Peru, Colombia, and Panama. (For excerpts from President Bush s Ambassador Simon remarks, see page 4.) Ferro, who served as U.S. Ambassador to P receding the PresidentÕs free trade speech was a panel discussion on trade and prosperity in the Americas. Gateway FloridaÕs Chairman, Ambassador Charles E. Panama from 1999- 2001, noted that although 96 percent of Panamanian imports Cobb, moderated the panel that brought together already enjoy duty-free Jorge L. Arrizurieta, Chairman of the International access into the U.S., Policy Group of Akerman Senterfitt, Chairman of Panama sees the U.S.- the IDB Miami 2008 Host Committee, and Panama FTA as an Gateway Florida Trustee; Brian C. Dean, Executive instrument of social and economic Susan K. Purcell, Amb. Simon Ferro, and Jorge L. Arrizurieta Director of Gateway Florida; Ambassador Simon development. Panama, he said, wants Ferro of Greenberg Traurig; Susan Kaufman to be a gateway for trade and services within Latin Purcell, Director of the University of Miami Center America, much like Miami is for the Americas. for Hemispheric Policy; and J. Antonio Villamil, Ferro touted the U.S.-Panama FTA as a Òno- Vice-Chairman of Gateway Florida and CEO of brainer.Ó the Washington Economics Group. Jorge L. Arrizurieta noted Villamil described that NAFTA has caused GDP to Antonio Villamil began the Colombia as the United expand in the U.S. and Canada discussion by focusing on the and that Mexico has benefitted important trade relationship States true democratic by the addition of 1.75 million the U.S. shares with Colombia, export-related jobs. In addition, emphasizing the considerable ally in the South, detailing Arrizurieta argued that with Peru economic benefits of a the dynamism of its having experienced 60 months Colombia FTA. Villamil of consecutive, consistent described Colombia as the private sector and economic growth, a failure to United StatesÕ true democratic pass the U.S.-Peru FTA would ally in the South, detailing the relaying to the audience be a blow to this loyal, developing dynamism of its private sector southern neighbor. and relaying to the audience that Colombia, one of that Colombia, one of FloridaÕs Florida s top trading Susan K. Purcell focused her spring 2008 top trading partners, receives comments beyond the economic 27 percent of its imports from partners, receives 27 and financial advantages of the the United States. He also passage of these FTAs. ÒThe U.S. underscored how critical in percent of its imports from has a very strong interest in nature this agreement is for the United States. strong neighbors,Ó Purcell said, the U.S. in terms of national noting that the U.S. has security, geopolitics, and for the gateway 3 supported investment, technology and new skills Brian C. Dean rounded out the panel. Dean with and between neighbors of the region. Turning emphasized the need to change the tone and tenor the immigration debate on its head, she aptly of the debate surrounding trade and make a more noted that the immigration flows the U.S. is concise and compelling case for free markets. He currently experiencing would subside if Latin also indicated that the next stage of the trade Americans had economic opportunities for agenda as it relates to the Americas will be an prosperity in their own country. ÒTrade provides effort to establish an alliance of free market quality jobs,Ó Purcell stated, while also democracies built around the twelve free trade commenting on the brain drain phenomenon agreements between the United States and our afflicting Latin America. A benefit of the deal partners in the region Ð with its headquarters in would be the stabilization of energy, commodities, Miami. and raw materials the U.S. depends on its neighbors to provide. President Bush Discusses helped the Greater Miami economy grow at 6.7 percent in 2005 -- that's more than twice the Free Trade Agreements national average. And the unemployment rate here has dropped to 4.1 percent -- that is below in Miami the national average.Ó ÒIn January 2001, America had free trade agreements in force with just three countries. Now we have agreements in force with 14 countries -- including seven in Latin America.Ó ÒThis May, my administration and Democratic leaders in Congress came together to forge a bipartisan consensus to consider these trade deals. And now it is the time to move forward with these pro-growth, pro- democracy agreements.Ó ÒIn a recent letter to congressional Democrats, former Secretary Shalala -- and I thank you for your leadership on this issue -- and dozens of her Democratic colleagues wrote this: "Latin America is up for grabs. We fully recognize that asking the United States Congress to vote on these trade agreements is politically charged. Nonetheless, rejecting these agreements would set back regional U.S. interests for a President George W. Bush generation. We must not walk away at the Radisson Miami Hotel on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, where he gave a speech on the importance of trade. now." Below find a few key excerpts from President BushÕs speech, the full text of which can be found at www.whitehouse.gov ÒColombia is home to 44 million potential customers -- more than the population of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and North “M ore exports support better and higher- paying jobs -- and that's important for our citizens to understand.Ó Carolina put together. After years of hardship, Colombia's economy is strong and growing -- with 6.8 percent expansion last year alone.Ó ÒIn Miami [É] you see the value of trade every ÒAll of this will bring us closer to a world that day. This city is known as the "Gateway to the lives in liberty, a world that grows in prosperity, Americas." Your openness to Latin America has a world that trades in freedom. Here in our helped make this city a vibrant center of culture hemisphere, that means an Americas where spring 2008 and commerce and enterprise.Ó democratic nations work together to advance peace and justice and security; where the ÒPeople who know something about Miami opportunity to succeed is as real in Lima as in understand the importance of trade to this city's Los Angeles, in Bogota as in Boston; where the future. Last year, $72 billion in trade passed opportunity for people to realize dreams is just through the Miami area -- and nearly half of it as real in Panama City, Panama, as it is in the gateway went to our neighbors in the south. That trade Panama City, Florida.Ó (Laughter.) 4 Mission Statement Gateway Florida, Inc. is the State of FloridaÕs new public-private joint venture promoting FloridaÕs economic development through connectivity to Latin America and the Caribbean. Building on the work of Florida FTAA, Inc., Gateway Florida will work to promote the ÒGateway of the AmericasªÓ franchise throughout the hemisphere and in the United States. Gateway Florida will serve as an umbrella organization that supports several hemispheric economic development and quality of life pillars for our citizens and neighbors. Those pillars include: ¥ Advocating for an Alliance for Hemispheric Prosperity built around the free market democracies of the Americas, twelve of which have existing or pending bilateral free trade agreements with the United States; and bringing the headquarters of that organization to Florida, thus creating jobs and serving as the platform for hemispheric economic integration. ¥ Promoting bilateral trade agreements between the United States and our friends in the region, with an immediate focus on the pending U.S.-Colombia and Panama trade agreements. Encouraging Congress to provide the Executive Branch with the authority it needs to enter into new agreements. ¥ Providing the institutional support to Florida FTAA, Inc. in its effort to secure the Permanent Secretariat of the FTAA, assuming an eventual reengagement of the FTAA framework. ¥ Promoting energy security and Ògreen tradeÓ in the Americas through the promotion of bio-fuels partnerships between FloridaÕs private and public sectors and our hemispheric partners. ¥ Placing Florida at the center of U.S.ÐBrazil global leadership in biofuels production and technology, consistent with Governor CristÕs leadership on the issue of climate change and his support for a strong Florida-Brazil partnership in the area of clean renewable fuels. ¥ Providing support and administration services to the Interamerican Ethanol Commission. ¥ Promoting FloridaÕs health care infrastructure throughout the Americas in order to increase the attractiveness of our state as a destination for medical treatment and therapy. Promoting Florida as the ÒWellness Center of the Americas.Ó ¥ Working with FloridaÕs legal community to make the state the hemispheric center for the resolution of trade disputes and commercial arbitration. ¥ Working with local, state, and international organizations Ð such as Enterprise Florida, Inc., the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Southcom, Council of the Americas, Center for Hemispheric Policy, etc. Ð to promote constructive engagement between Florida and the hemisphere. Governor Charlie Crist and the mayors of several Florida counties and cities have suggested that Gateway Florida be created in order that Florida broaden its Western Hemisphere agenda. The pillars mentioned above emphasize that the State of Florida, its hemispheric-focused organizations, its international seaports, spring 2008 its international airports and its other hemisphere job-creators, are all advancing FloridaÕs hemisphere agenda. the gateway 5 Fueling Florida’s Future Florida, the U.S.’s fourth most populous state waste to fuel. On many occasions Governor Crist (with 1,000 people moving there each day) is has reiterated that ÒFlorida companies [are] the nation’s third largest transportation fuels leading the way in bringing about alternative market. As of 2006, Floridians were using 8.6 sources of energy while helping its citizens, billion gallons of gasoline per year, and businesses and economy[É], bring[ing] us one consumption is growing by 300 million gallons step closer to a cleaner environment and energy per year. One hundred percent of this gasoline independence.Ó With bipartisan support from is imported via ocean vessels, and the state has FloridaÕs congressional delegation, the federal 1,800 miles of coastline. These factors energy bill passed late last year calls for ÒadvancedÓ sources of biofuels, which will benefit Florida combined leave Florida extremely vulnerable given that it is the biggest biomass state in the to disruptions in oil supply. nation. n addition to concerns over the stateÕs energy I needs in the case of hurricanes and other supply disruptions, the emerging consensus on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and As Governor Crist encourages an expansion of biofuels, he has supported a reduction in the 54- cent-a-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. At diversify our fuel matrix have made it a meeting at Sao imperative for the State of Florida to take Paulo's Industry action. In coordination with our partner the Federation (FIESP), Interamerican Ethanol Commission (IEC), he stated that ÒWe Gateway Florida, Inc. will continue to work [Florida] are a with Governor Crist and other public and gateway [for ethanol private officials and organizations from to the United States] throughout the state to assure that Florida and we're all about develops sound solutions to these reducing taxes.Ó environmental and energy issues. There have also Governor Crist joins Ingo Krieg (left), President of Green Power Systems, and been discussions of Governor CristÕs leadership in Alberto Grosso, President of Controlsud an E-10 mandate, this area of policy has been International Group, to announce a funding which would require agreement between GPS subsidiary outstanding. Last July he Renewable Fuels of Tallahassee LLC and the that all gasoline be signed three Executive Orders C o n t r o l s u d I n t e r n a t i o n a l G r o u p . mixed with ten and two international percent ethanol. partnership agreements at the Indeed, FloridaÕs geographic proximity and ÒServe to Preserve Florida Summit connectivity to the region provide the opportunity on Global Climate Change,Ó setting for the state to establish a new policy of forth ways the state can actively engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean address global climate change and on environmental and energy issues. As FloridaÕs other energy issues. In his 2008 State trade, business, and Governor Charlie Crist signs a Memorandum of the State address, of Understanding with Governor Jos Serra of immigration flows with the the State of So Paulo, Brazil, to enhance G o v e r n o r C r i s t “Florida companies [are] region continue to increase, business and cultural exchange between the e m p h a s i z e d t h e two states. Gateway Florida will work i m p o r t a n c e o f l e a d i n g t h e wa y i n tirelessly to ensure that alternative energy and FloridaÕs effective environmental capacity to be a leader in bringing about alternative strategies in one place are not renewable fuels, stating ÒWe have sources of energy while mitigated by a lack of attention the opportunity to enhance the in contiguous or nearby locales use of this cleaner fuel [ethanol], helping its citizens, outside of FloridaÕs political while also providing a broader market for sugar cane and citrus businesses a n d jurisdiction. Additionally, Latin America, particularly waste.Ó economy[…], bring[ing] Brazil, has the potential to complement FloridaÕs In addition, Governor Crist has us one step closer to a emerging renewable fuel put in a budget request this year of $200 million for green cleaner environment and production through imports, infrastructure investment and technologies; and over the past energy independence.” technology transfer. Governor two years Florida has invested CristÕs leadership on climate over $50 million into ethanol change and renewable energy not only serves the production and research, with a significant portion interests of Florida, but also complements and spring 2008 of this money going towards projects to convert supports our national energy and trade priorities. the gateway 6 Open Letter to Congress from Former Commanders of the U.S. Southern Command Supporting the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement We are writing to urge your support for the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. This vital agreement will advance U.S. interests in Colombia, a strategically located country that is arguably our closest ally in Latin America. It will also underscore our deep commitment to stability and growth in the strategically important Andean region, which depends on ColombiaÕs continued progress as a resilient and democratic society. ColombiaÕs transformation over the past decade is a triumph of brave and principled Colombians. It is also a remarkable achievement of bipartisan U.S. foreign policy. Violence has fallen to its lowest level in a generation, and 45,000 fighters have been demobilized as the countryÕs narco-guerrilla groups have lost legitimacy. While drug-trafficking poses a continuing threat, ColombiaÕs leaders have eliminated two-thirds of its opium production, and more than 500 traffickers have been extradited during the Uribe administration Ñ by far the most extraditions from any country to the United States. ColombiaÕs economic resurgence has been a critical factor in its recent progress. Robust investment has boosted economic growth and development. The creation of new jobs has provided tens of thousands of Colombians with long-term alternatives to narcotics trafficking or illegal immigration. The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement will build upon these recent advances to enhance the long-term prospects for peace, stability, and development in Colombia. Providing new incentives for investment and job creation, this landmark accord will help ensure that Colombia stays on the path of economic openness, the rule of law, and transparency. It is in our national interest to help Colombia progress along the road toward democratic consolidation and economic development. This trade agreement will advance U.S. security and economic interests by forging a deeper partnership. Finally, approving this agreement will meet our duty to stand shoulder-to- shoulder with Colombians as they have stood by the United States as friends and allies. For all of these reasons, we strongly urge Congress to approve the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. Sincerely, spring 2008 the gateway 7 Miami Working to Become Hemispheric Center of Arbitration Establishing Florida as a Hemispheric Center MIAS will cooperate and work with for International Commercial Arbitration organizations such as the Interamerican Bar would help build upon the states status as the Association, the University of Miami Law Gateway of the Americas and would School, the Florida Bar International Law contribute to the economic development of the Section, the Dade County Bar Association, state. International arbitrations are held very the Cuban American Bar Association and often and result in the need for hotel rooms, others. Projects will include establishing task flights, and restaurants for involved parties. In addition, local law firms are usually hired to forces for individual projects, including carry out arbitrations. It is important to note awarding an annual international arbitration that one of the main attractions of Florida as prize, offering training programs, and co- an international arbitration hub is that Florida sponsoring conferences and seminars. law permits non-Florida lawyers to conduct international arbitrations in the state. ith assistance from the Beacon Council, It is important to note that W the Gateway Florida Arbitration Committee has developed a comparative cost survey to be used for the creation of a one of the main attractions Miami brochure. The survey compares direct of Florida as an flights to various cities in Latin America from Geneva, London, Madrid, New York, Paris international arbitration and Miami; costs of court reporters, interpretation, hotel rooms, and costs of hub is that Florida law temporary office space and forensic accountant fees. In terms of direct flights, no other city permits non-Florida could compare with Miami. The Arbitration Committee, chaired by Burton lawyers to conduct Landy (featured in this issue on page 9), has established the Miami International Arbitration international arbitrations spring 2008 Society (MIAS) with a membership consisting of law firms, independent professionals, in the state. corporations, educators and associations. the gateway 8 In the Spotlight Burt Landy Receives Award for Commitment to International Business G ateway Florida would like to sincerely thank one of our longest standing and most active trustees, Mr. Burton Landy of Akerman Senterfitt, for his involvement with our organization and his commitment to our community. In addition, we would like to congratulate him for being recognized for his outstanding leadership at the Greater Miami Chamber of CommerceÕs First Annual South Florida International Business Leadership Awards last November. Landy was honored with the award ÒIndividual Commitment to International BusinessÓ for his more than fifty years of commitment to counseling foreign and U.S. firms and their investors, and for driving efforts to establish Miami as a leading international trade and finance center. As explained in an article by WorldCity magazine, Landy has Òhelped shape just about every major international business association in the State.Ó Among the posts and accomplishments for which Mr. Landy was recognized are: ¥ President, Inter-American Bar Association ¥ Founding General Counsel, Florida International Bankers Association ¥ Chair, U.S.-Latin American Business Promotion Advisory Council ¥ Chair, Beacon Council ¥ Chair, World Trade Center ¥ Chair, Florida Council of International Development ¥ Chair, Gateway Florida Committee on International Arbitration ¥ Chairman Emeritus, Akerman SenterfittÕs Global Practice Group spring 2008 ¥ Honorary Consul General to the Republic of Korea in Miami ¥ Awarded Order of the Rising Sun Medal by the Emperor of Japan the gateway 9 Promoting Economic Growth and Prosperity Among Marginalized Groups in Bolivia and Peru The International Republican Institute (IRI) received a grant from the U.S. Department of State s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of marginalized groups (youth, women, Peruvian Delegation indigenous and Afro-descendants) in Bolivia and Peru. s part of this program, IRI brought a A delegation of five members from each of the participating countries to the United States to provide them with a firsthand look at the dynamic nature of small business development in the United States. Gateway Florida had the pleasure of partnering with IRI in late February to host a program for this talented delegation during a one day stop-over they made in Miami en route to Mercedes Bello Washington, D.C. The group was comprised of ambitious professionals from various sectors, including an elementary school director, a catering business owner, and designers of silver jewelry, womenÕs accessories, and decorative handicrafts. The presenters Ð Luis Cuervo, Director, Latin America & Carribean, Enterprise Florida, Inc.; Mario Suarez, Export USA; Anne Freedman, President of the Miami Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners; Carolyn Rose-Avila, President, FAVACA; Mercedes Bello, Private Consultant; Fernando Albareda, Trade Commissioner, Consulate of Peru in Miami; Mario Suarez and James Gagel, Attorney, Gagel Law Firm Ð provided the group with a better sense of the U.S. market, including how to export to the U.S., the demands of the U.S. consumer, spring 2008 and potential business opportunities. the gateway 10 spring 2008 the gateway 11 This newsletter is published by Gateway Florida, Inc., a private-public, not-for-profit entity led by Governor Charlie Crist and officials throughout the State of Florida. Gateway Florida promotes Florida’s economic development through connectivity to Latin America and the Caribbean and advances the “Gateway of the Americas™” franchise throughout the hemisphere and in the United States. • Chairman.....Ambassador Charles E. Cobb, Jr. • Vice Chairman.................Dr. J. Antonio Villamil • President.........................................Brian C. Dean • Director of Operations.................Ines Calderon • Director of Research................Amy M. Cordero Gateway Florida, Inc. 1200 Anastasia Avenue Suite 500 Coral Gables, Florida 33134 (305) 476 5451 Office (305) 476 5452 Fax www.gatewayflorida.org Layout and design by Stratmedia LLC.
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