Florida Govenor Rick Scott heading to Dominican Republic next year

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to the Dominican Republic early next year for another trade mission.

Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development organization, announced the trip on Monday. The trade mission will be held in late February.

"This trade mission will feature one-on-one business matchmaking programs for Florida exporters and networking events with Dominican trade organizations," said Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope. "The mission will be an excellent opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses in Florida to expand their reach into the Caribbean region."

The Dominican Republic has primarily exported coffee and sugar, however, the service sector is now the economy's largest employer due to an increase in tourism, telecommunications and free trade zones.

Leading sectors with opportunities for Florida exporters include:

  • Automobiles Parts and Services
  • Telecommunication Equipment
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Medical Equipment
  • Building Products
  • Hotel and Restaurant Equipment
  • Printing and Graphic Arts Equipment
  • Safety and Security Equipment
  • Travel and Tourism Services
  • Renewable Energy

Scott is scheduled to visit Japan on a trade mission next month.

The trip to Japan will be Scott's 10th trade-related trip abroad. The visit to the Dominican Republic will be his 11th such trip.

The governor has taken more trips abroad than former Gov. Charlie Crist. Some of the countries he has visited include France, England, Israel, Brazil, Spain, Chile and Colombia.

Scott defends the trips as a way to open doors for Florida-based companies seeking business abroad.

Enterprise Florida says the Dominican Republic is Florida's ninth-largest trading partner.

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