DATE: December 7, 2012
Broward Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness (center) speaks at a business meeting in Colombia as part of the Team Florida Trade Mission led by Gov. Rick Scott.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Broward County, specifically Port Everglades, has captured the attention of Colombia’s largest newspaper, El Tiempo. The newspaper recently featured Port Everglades in a lengthy news article with a headline that read, “State of Florida looking for triangle trade with Colombia.” El Tiempo has the highest circulation in Colombia with an average daily weekday circulation of 1,137,483, rising to 1,921,571 for the Sunday edition.
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, along with Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steven Cernak are part of the Team Florida Trade Mission led by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
During the multiday trade mission, Commissioner Holness’ itinerary included a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Business meetings were also held with the President of Asocolflores, a leading flower exporter; the American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in Bogota; and Gabriel Duque, vice minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
In an effort to maintain the positive economic and business relationships that developed during the Colombian Inbound Trade Mission held in Broward County in July, Commissioner Holness will extend his visit in Colombia to meet with major economic executives and dignitaries.
During that time, Commissioner Holness will lead Broward County and international business partners to encourage an increase in free trade and promote economic development opportunities for Broward County. His extended stay will include visits to Cali, Medellin and Buenaventura, home to the Port of Buenaventura, a strong industrial port where 65 percent of all Colombian goods transit the port.
Colombia is Florida’s second largest trading partner, following Brazil, with trade totaling more than $9 billion in 2011. It is also among the top five destinations for Florida products, totaling nearly $3 billion in exports.