Business tour to Colombia
Deval Patrick has plans to leave on a 5 - day business mission to Colombia very soon, the 4th international tour. An administration official reported that this is governor's second visit to this Latin American country.
Deval plans to give the details of the tour on Thursday. The tour itinerary came together in the past few weeks, but the tour's announcement was delayed because of the heavy winter storm which blasted the whole state recently.
The governor will leave this Friday afternoon and will go to Bogota, the capital of Colombia, to meet with Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, the President of Colombia. Patrick also prepares to go to Cartagena as well as many less developed places with a team of state officials as well as other people representing Massachusetts businesses.
In a statement, Patrick told that this is a tremendous scope for Massachusetts to compete for jobs on the global playing field. They could not afford to sit idle as their competitors develop the partnerships and secure the investments that would create jobs in the innovation industries where they already have an advantage – life sciences, clean energy, and the digital technologies.
Unlike Patrick’s past business missions to more grounded foreign economic centers like Chile, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Israel; the visit to Colombia has been made to position Massachusetts to get in on the ground floor with a good economy in South American, says the administration official.