The Southern Governors’ Summit with heads of state from Central America and the Caribbean begins Thursday, June 9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and marks an extension of the governors’ quest for regional economic integration with the Caribbean Basin as a whole.

Coincidentally, Puerto Rico reopened a new multi?agency office in Atlanta last month including representatives of its Economic Development Administration (EDA),  adding to its current network of offices in New York, Miami, Costa Mesa (California), Chicago and Boston.

The summit will enable Puerto Rico to underline its commitment to serving as a bridge between North and South America, and it is open to business representatives who wish to participate in the sessions that will address trade and investment opporutnities in the Caribbean.  A registration fee of $225 will be charged to private sector attendees.

Business representatives will have many opportunities to interact with the governors and heads of state.  For instance, on Friday, June 10 the heads of state will outline a strategy for trade and investment based on feedback from the private sector and government officials.

Sessions on “transportation and distribution strategies in the Caribbean Basin and the South,” and “market opportunities in the Caribbean Basin,” will be held Saturday, June 11.

The summit will be held at the El San Juan Hotel in the island’s capital.  Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice and Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello are co?hosts.  Georgia Gov. Zell Miller does not plan to attend the summit and will be handing over his position as head of the association to Gov. Fordice in late August.

For more information, call Ivonne G. Cervoni of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration at (202) 778?0726 or send a fax to (202) 778?0721.