Spain's King Juan Carlos on Tuesday received in his office Florida Gov. Rick Scott, with whom he discussed the outlook for economic cooperation and the preparations for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the peninsula by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.
Joining the men for the talks were senior Spanish Foreign Minister official Santiago Cabanas, U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont, Florida Commerce Secretary Gray Swoope and Cuban-American sugar baron Jose "Pepe" Fanjul.
On his first official visit to Spain, Scott delivered a speech on Tuesday along with the secretary of state for trade, Jaime Garcia-Legaz, at the inauguration of a meeting on business opportunities for Spanish firms in Florida.
About 50 percent of Spanish investment in the U.S. market is channeled to Florida, the fourth-most-populous U.S. state.
More than 300 Spanish companies already have set up offices in Florida, among them Telefonica, banks BBVA and Santander and construction firms OHL and Dragados, and that number will increase in the future, according to calculations by Garcia-Legaz's office.
Next year will mark the 500th anniversary of Florida's discovery by Ponce de Leon and to commemorate the occasion the Spanish government has scheduled a broad program of events, among them an investment seminar in Miami which will be attended by government officials and representatives of the Spanish business community. EFE