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Tampa businessmen seek to strengthen trade relations with Colombia

A group of businessmen from Tampa, Florida, today visited Bogota to present investment opportunities in that city and strengthen trade relations with importers and exporters.

Bogotá, Sep 29 (EFE) .- A group of businessmen from Tampa, Florida, USA, visited Bogotá today to present investment opportunities in that city and strengthen trade relations with Colombian importers and exporters.

"The most important thing is that our companies establish long term relationships here in Colombia and that of course increase their sales and that means they hire more people, "Bill Cronin, president of the Pasco County Economic Development Organization in Tampa, told Efe.

The meeting was also attended by the Director of Air Services Development at Tampa International Airport, Kenneth Strickland; Tampa Bay Port, Gonzalo Padrón, and Pinellas County Business Development Director Brent Barkway.

Cronin further noted that Tampa is a strategic point to enter the US market because it is in central Florida.

"Tampa is in the middle of the state.If you go to Miami you spend half the day traveling, then you can penetrate better in the US market from Tampa. Colombians, "he said.

Cronin also said that the city invites European investors to use their port and airport as a springboard to reach markets

"We also have business incubators where small companies can come and start and help them get started in the United States," he added. executive of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, Juan David Hernández, said that Tampa brings very good opportunities for Colombian entrepreneurs has done to improve its maritime and air transport infrastructure.

"Last year the port made an investment of 20 million dollars to improve the supply chain. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, for example, in the agro-industrial sector who are moving their main offices and distribution in Miami, "he told Efe.

He also pointed out that Colombia receives a very important flow of products from Florida, mainly from software.

"We as a Chamber want to generate this relationship because we know they need our products, just as we also need many of their products to be much more competitive in each of the sectors, "Hernandez concluded.

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