Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Puerto Rico governor travels to South America

By on August 6, 2018

SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló left Sunday evening for Bogotá, Colombia, to participate in the inauguration of President Iván Duque.

Rosselló’s office said he will also participate in a multisector trade mission with several Puerto Rican companies.

The topics to be discussed will focus on trade, housing, agriculture, and exports. In addition, Rivera Marín will meet with the president of the National Business Association of Colombia, (ANDI by its Spanish acronym), Bruce Mac Master, and with the chairman and majority shareholder of Avianca, Germán Efromovich. The airline operates a daily flight between Bogotá and San Juan. Also, Rivera Marín indicated that he may meet with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, according to a separate release issued by Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín.

“We are going to express to the president-elect the solidarity of the government of Ricardo Rosselló with the new government he is going to establish in Colombia, with the certainty that it will be one that will fully respond to the best interests of his people and will identify with international politics regarding human rights and the freedoms of its inhabitants. In Puerto Rico, we have a community of about 7,000 Colombians who contribute to our economy, and as part of the Governor’s public policy, we want to strengthen these relationships, including export possibilities through the Department of Economic Development (DDEC) and the Company of Trade and Export,” Rivera Marín said.

Rivera Marín added: “It is an opportunity to work with the incoming government of President Iván Duque, to promote the economic development of both Puerto Rico and Colombia and strengthen our economic and political role in the region, which can serve as a bridge between Latin America and the United States; we are the Connector of the Americas.”

Afterward, the governor will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with first lady Beatriz Rosselló, who will be recognized at the Young Leaders Foundation’s 11th international summit.

The governor will hold meetings with Argentinian officials to discuss trade, politics and economic development of Puerto Rico, according to La Fortaleza, which added that Rosselló will speak at an academic session of the Argentine Council for International Relations, titled “Puerto Rico y los latinos en Estados Unidos,” to “discuss the importance and role of Latinos in decision-making in the United States,” La Fortaleza said.

Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez will serve as interim governor until Wednesday afternoon, when Rivera Marín takes over as interim governor until Rosselló returns Saturday.

“We are going to express to the president-elect the solidarity of the government of Ricardo Rosselló with the new government he is going to establish in Colombia, with the certainty that it will be one that will fully respond to the best interests of his people and will identify with international politics regarding human rights and the freedoms of its inhabitants. In Puerto Rico, we have a community of about 7,000 Colombians who contribute to our economy, and as part of the Governor’s public policy, we want to strengthen these relationships, including export possibilities through the Department of Economic Development (DDEC) and the Company of Trade and Export,” Rivera Marín said in separate release.

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