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Gov. Rick Scott talks free trade in Panama



On his first trade mission Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott talked with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli about prospects for increased commerce though a free trade agreement and expansion of the Panama Canal.

The leaders seemed to hit it off, said Tampa port director Richard Wainio, among six Florida port executives who accompanied the governor. Like Scott, Martinelli comes from a business background. He owns a chain of groceries and has worked to bring business practices to the government.

"He seems to be a good ambassador for the state,'' Wainio said in a telephone interview from Panama City. "I think this was a good education for him.'' Read the story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:24pm]


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