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Virginia Governor Leads Trade Mission to Colombia

[ August 19, 2016   //   ]

Colombian Ambassador to the United States Juan Carlos Pinzón welcomed Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and a delegation of senior state government officials and business leaders to Colombia for a three-day trade and marketing mission. The visit advances Colombia’s ongoing efforts to further strengthen economic relations with the United States and accelerate foreign investment in the nation’s agricultural sector.

“Trade is critical to growth and development, and today two-way trade between Colombia and Virginia accounts for nearly $400 million annually. We have an opportunity to further expand trade and investment and create economic opportunities for exporters in both Colombia and the United States, and this trade mission is another important step forward in that direction,” said Ambassador Pinzón.

Virginia is a key export market for Colombian agricultural goods, including coffee, flowers and tobacco, and Colombia imports chemicals, electronic equipment and machinery from Virginia.

During the trade mission, Governor McAuliffe and the delegation will meet with President Juan Manuel Santos and Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Maria Claudia Lacouture, among other officials. The delegation includes representatives from Virginia’s Glaize Orchards, Pilgrim’s Pride, Smithfield Foods, Turkey Knob Growers and The Scoular Company.

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