Governor Ron DeSantis Meets with Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Dong-yeon and Strengthens Florida’s Commercial Ties with South Korea
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SEOUL, South Korea ~ Today, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida met with Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Dong-yeon to demonstrate the state's commitment to economic development and trade. The meeting was attended by Florida Secretary of Commerce Laura DiBella and Secretary of State Cord Byrd.

Governor DeSantis stated that "building strong relationships with countries in the Asia Pacific region allows for new economic opportunities to grow and strengthens our ability to combat the Chinese Communist Party's growing influence." He added that Florida is happy to reaffirm the sister state agreement with the Gyeonggi Province and continue to strengthen economic ties with South Korea.

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Secretary DiBella expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome they have received in South Korea and for the chance to grow their connection with one of Florida's largest trading partners. Secretary Byrd also commented on his honor as Chief Protocol Officer to bear witness to the signing of this sister state agreement between Florida and the Gyeonggi Province in South Korea, which will help promote cultural bonds between both states and further develop their economic ties.

South Korean affiliates in Florida are estimated to have total holdings of more than $107 million, while merchandise trade between both states exceeds $1.3 billion annually, making it Florida's 7th largest bilateral trade partner in Asia and the Middle East region. In 2022, South Korea imported more than $341.6 million from Florida while Florida imported more than $951 million in goods from South Korea.

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