International Trade - Sounding Board
View from Abroad - Helio Vitor Ramos Filho
How is Florida as a place to do business?
“For its geographic proximity to Brazil and rather similar cultural environment, Florida has been singled out as a natural portal for Brazilian investments in the United States.
The need of a tourist or business visa to travel to the U.S. significantly hinders the potential travelers and economic exchange between Brazil and Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has told me personally that he would work for the inclusion of Brazil in the visa waiver program, as such a measure would greatly benefit Florida’s economy. Florida, though, is known worldwide for fostering a pro-business environment, and Brazilians who come to Florida to invest can usually open for business in less than one week.”