Governor Rick Scott Presents João Doria With Governor’s Business Ambassador Medal During Group Business Leaders Event

Today, Governor Rick Scott attended the 18th International Meeting, organized by Grupo de Lideres Empresariais (Group Business Leaders), to unite entrepreneurs, executives and government officials from Brazil, America and around the world to discuss international trade, tourism, and economic opportunities. During the event, Governor Rick Scott presented João Doria, Brazilian Executive and President of Grupo de Lideres Empresariais (Group of Business Leaders), with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for his work in strengthening economic relationships and tourism between Florida and Brazil.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present João Doria with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Medal for his efforts in strengthening relationships between Florida and Brazil and creating more opportunities for business. As Florida’s number one trading partner, Brazil comprises 12 percent of the state’s total trade. I look forward to continuing to make Florida an ideal place to trade with Brazil and Latin America.”

Brazil is Florida’s number one trading partner, representing 12 percent of the state’s total trade. In 2012, bilateral trade between Brazil and Florida exceeded $19.6 billion in 2012 and Florida exports to Brazil exceeded $15.8 billion. Florida and Brazil have developed a great relationship.”

President of LIDE João Doria. said, “I am extremely honored to be recognized with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. I am passionate about continuing to promote and encourage more business relationships. Since many Brazilians love to visit and do business in Florida, I look forward to working with American businesses and organizations to create more opportunities for growth.”

Grupo de Lideres Empresariais encompasses 1,400 member companies work to strengthen business relationships in Brazil and around the world. The member companies represent 51 percent of Brazil’s private GDP.

The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals and companies who are furthering the cause of positive economic growth in the Sunshine State. Over the last two years, Florida has created nearly 370,000 private-sector jobs, and the state’s unemployment rate is below the national average.


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