Gov. Rick Scott in Argentina on trade mission

Posted at 6:05 AM, Apr 24, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott is in Argentina this week as part of a trade mission. Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz confirmed Thursday that the governor will be in Buenos Aires through April 27.

After spending much of the weekend monitoring wildfires in Southwest Florida and other parts of the state, Scott is slated to hold a series of meetings Monday in Argentina as part of an Enterprise Florida trade mission.


Among the events, Scott is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. in Buenos Aires with Argentina's president, Mauricio Macri, according to information released by the governor's office.

Scott was scheduled to fly Saturday night to Argentina but postponed the trip for a day because of wildfires in Collier County and other areas of the state.

This is Scott's first international trip on behalf of the state since he touched down in London last July for the Farnborough International Air Show.

Scott took a number of international trips during his first term, with excursions to Panama, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Chile, France and Japan.

Travel in his second term has mostly been related to job recruitment from other states.

Manny Mencia, senior vice president of international trade and development for the public-private Enterprise Florida, said Wednesday that Scott had been considering the Argentina trip.

“This is a market that for 10 years has been dead for American companies and is just opening up significantly,” Mencia said.

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