Puerto Rico governor participates in Puerto Rico Trade & Export Co. event in NY
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló participated Thursday morning in a New York event organized by the Puerto Rico Trade & Export Co. (CCE by its Spanish initials) to foster trade between Puerto Rican businesses and companies established in the Big Apple.
In what has become one of the government’s main message to the private sector, Rosselló reiterated that “Puerto Rico is open for business,” and highlighted his administration’s measures to facilitate entrepreneurism on the island.
The business event was attended by members of the private sector, elected officials and former New York officials. In a written statement, CCE Executive Director Ricardo Llerandi said that about 115 business appointments were coordinated for the event.
Puerto Rico’s delegation comprised business people from the food and beverage, construction, and engineering sectors. The participating companies included Boricola, Olein Recovery, Rovira Foods, Invision Engineering, Grupo Dulce, Toledo & Co., Puerto Rico Supplies, Destilería Coquí, Apiarios Caraballo, Coquito Sabroso and Productos Gosén.
“When we talk about expanding to markets in the United States, New York is always a natural destination to which every local business should look to enter. Not only because of the large Hispanic community that lives there, but also because it represents a highly attractive market to businesses of any economic sector,” Llerandi said.
Rosselló Meets First Hispanic Woman in U.S. Senate
Before his visit to New York, the governor met Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., with Sen. Catherine Cortez (D-Nevada), the first Hispanic woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Accompanied by the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington (Prfaa), Carlos Mercader, who has been with the governor during the entire trip, Rosselló and the senator discussed the extent of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (Promesa) and the Puerto Rican government’s measures to implement its fiscal plan.
Just as he did with other members of Congress, Rosselló urged Cortez to help keep Puerto Rico in the Medicaid program’s funding.
Mercader and Rosselló also met with U.S. House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tennessee), with whom they discussed Puerto Ricans’ contribution to the U.S. Military and the need to obtain equal treatment for the island’s citizens.
The Puerto Rican officials’ last meeting in the federal capital was held with Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), with whom they discussed the fiscal plan, U.S. tax reform and the results of the June 11 political-status referendum.
“It is important to continue to strengthen ties with Democratic and Republican representatives and senators, to ensure that the American citizens residing in Puerto Rico receive equal treatment to those residing stateside,” the governor emphasized.
Rosselló has until 5 p.m. Thursday to respond to the Financial Oversight & Management Board regarding the changes it requested to the government’s budget. The governor was returning to the island Tursday afternoon.
On Friday, the fiscal board created by federal law to oversee the island’s finances, will hold its eighth public meeting, in which it must certify a budget for Puerto Rico.