Last week I went on a trade mission to Lima, Peru. Our Governor, Jeb Bush led the mission, with the purpose being to receive Peru’s endorsement of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and also to support Miami as the headquarters of the entire 33 country trading region stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The Miami Herald has a detailed story. The Governor is a true international statesman and provides great leadership in US – Latin American affairs, since Washington’s attention is elsewhere these days. It is Miami, more than any other city that creates and benefits from policy in the region. Securing the FTAA leadership would make Miami to the Americas as Brussels is to Europe. It will also provide about 100,000 new jobs here.
I imagine that some of the Miami Metroblog audience thinks trade is bad, that it only benefits greedy multinational corporations. Actually it helps create millions of jobs in many small and medium size companies (as well as large ones) especially in Miami.
Above is a picture of Governor Bush and President Toledo taken outside the Presidential Palace in Lima, after the joint announcement last Thursday.