U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D) and John Boozman (R) and Cong. Rick Crawford (R) are heading south of the border.
The 3 Arkansas Congressional officials are headed to Panama and Colombia to discuss export opportunities in the wake of last year's major treaties.
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Pryor says the widening of the Panama Canal could lead to the transport of large tanker shipments of goods from China on the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.
“Last year, we passed two Free Trade Agreements and we’re hoping that what we will do is just be able to get more trade with those two countries and just have a better business relationship with them,” said Pryor.
Senator Boozman says trade
translates to jobs and Arkansas has a close connection to one of the countries.
“The president of Panama was at the University of Arkansas, actually during the timeframe when I was at the University of Arkansas,” said Boozman. “It’s a great advantage having somebody that understands our state, the University of Arkansas is in the process of doing some agreements [with Panama] in regards to education, and were trying to just get jobs and trade coming this way to Arkansas.”
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