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Puerto Rico FAM Trip

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Puerto Rico has changed from an agricultural economy, based primarily on sugar, tobacco, and coffee products, to a thriving modern industrial and services-oriented economy. It boasts highly developed highways, ports and airports which allow quick movement of merchandise across and beyond the Island. This U.S. territory also has a state-of-art communication network. Moreover, its location in the Caribbean makes the country a perfect place to develop an even larger infrastructure for a trans-shipment port with its respective value-added zones. In terms of human capital, the Island continues to build a highly sophisticated and bilingual workforce, ready to face the continuous transformation of the economic environment.

The private sector has developed in the country five clusters: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, communications and information technology, and health services.


Bastian was a guest of the Government of Puerto Rico on a week-long FAM trip focused on the major manufacturing, pharmaceutical and aviation industries thriving on the island. She was one of five global journalists, each representing national and/or global business publications. To gather her research materials, Bastian toured numerous business facilities where she interviewed top officials representing diverse companies, industries, government agencies and educational institutions.

Personal highlights included attending a press conference held in honor of the journalists (Bastian enjoyed conversing with Governor Sila María Calderón Serra) broadcast by scores of TV/radio media; meeting the incoming Governor and the president of PR’s largest university at a private dinner (held at a seaside mansion); dining at the ultra-chic Laurel Kitchen Art Bar (located in the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, San Juan); and staying at the gorgeous ocean-side Rincon Beach Resort

After the trip, Bastian wrote a feature story about Puerto Rico’s key industries for a national economic development publication. The piece talked about the investment opportunities for American firms considering an expansion or move to Puerto Rico.



Interviewing, writing, research, high-level meetings/interpersonal communications with govt./political reps.

  • Launch DEDC website

  • Launch SBP website

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