(Miami-Dade County, FL) --
For his efforts in advocating for the recently passed Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Colombia, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz is being honored by the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Miami Free Trade Zone, 2305 NW 107 Avenue, at 6 p.m.
Last month, the federal government approved Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the agreement with Colombia made 80 percent of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia immediately duty free, with remaining tariffs phased out over 10 years. The agreement with all three countries is expected to support more American jobs, increase U.S. exports, and enhance U.S. competitiveness.
Commissioner Diaz, a member of the Federal Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade, worked with federal officials to pass these agreements. In addition to the commissioner, a number of other officials who supported the Free Trade Agreements will also be honored, including:
- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
- Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
- Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart
- Congressman David Rivera
- Florida Rep. Juan Carlos Zapata
- Miami-Dade County Chairman Joe A. Martinez
- Carmenza Jaramillo
- Ricardo Tribin
- Alfredo Quintero
For more information, please contact the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce at 305-446-2542.