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The Sister Cities Program of Miami-Dade County promotes citizen diplomacy, international cultural understanding and trade and commerce by:
- Receiving foreign missions
- Leading missions to partner communities abroad
- Developing local projects that foster interest in world affairs
The Miami-Dade Sister Cities Program was founded in 1981 by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. The program has established Sister Cities relationships with 25 cities in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Throughout the years, the program has developed innovative projects, which have furthered international cooperation and understanding between Miami-Dade County and our respective Sister Cities. The program has also helped to promote Miami-Dade's position as the Gateway to the Americas.
Miami-Dade County has undertaken Sister Cities missions to cities in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Jamaica, Italy, the Bahamas, Taiwan and Senegal. Many of these missions were also part of Outbound Business Development missions in an effort to increase bilateral and trade relations with communities affiliated with Miami-Dade.
In addition to the missions program, the County has developed with our partners at Miami Dade College a seminar for local high school students. The morning-long session has the students discuss international current events and report out recommendations regarding such issues as the elimination of poverty, sustainability, climate change, etc. The objective of the project is to develop leadership skills for future community leaders in international affairs.
Miami-Dade sponsors an international cultural event which affords local artists representing the various Sister Cities affiliations from around the world, an opportunity to demonstrate their art in Miami-Dade County. This event usually has the participation of members of the Consular Corps, as well as community leaders and interested persons. These programs serve to further promote a better understanding of the many contributions that other cultures and nations make to our multi ethnic community.Back to Top
Miami-Dade's Sister Cities
Founded more than 50 years ago by President Dwight Eisenhower, the goal of Sister Cities is to create and strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and communities around the world through municipal cooperation, cultural understanding and economic development activities.
The Miami-Dade Sister Cities Program promotes citizen diplomacy, international cultural understanding and trade and commerce by receiving foreign missions, leading missions to partner communities abroad and developing local projects that foster interest in world affairs.
Miami-Dade County's Sister Cities are:
- Asti, Italy
- Asuncion, Paraguay
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Cayman Islands, British West Indies
- Commonwealth of the Bahamas
- Dakar, Senegal
- Iquique, Chile
- Kingston, Jamaica
- Lamentin, Guadaloupe
- Maldanado, Uruguay
- Mendoza, Argentina
- Monagas, Venezuela
- Pereira, Colombia
- Petit Goave, Haiti
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Pucallpa, Peru
- San Jose, Costa Rica
- Santa Cruz, Bolivia
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- St. Kitts & Nevis Islands
- Stockholm County, Sweden
- Taipei County, Taiwan
- Tenerife Canary Islands, Spain
- Turks & Caicos Islands
- Veracruz, Mexico
Trade Development Specialist
Miami-Dade Sister Cities Program
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