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International Business Development Missions
A significant portion of the Economic Development and International Trade unit's program activities revolve around the implementation of a program to promote Miami-Dade County as a Global Gateway and trade destination center. To that end, we aggressively pursue inbound and outbound trade missions.
Inbound trade missions consist of reciprocal visits made by cities visited by Miami-Dade County and come as a result of an invitation made or of missions organized by foreign consulates and trade offices. The County provides coordination with local government and economic development organizations, as well as financial and logistical support.
Miami-Dade County provides financial support for organizations leading officially recognized inbound trade missions to this area. Qualifying organizations eligible for sponsorship must be legally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the State of Florida, or be a representative of foreign governmental agencies.
Organizations bringing an inbound trade delegation to Miami-Dade County and requesting support must complete the Inbound Mission Support form at least 30 days prior to the mission, if no pre-screened business-to-business meetings are required.
If pre-screened business-to-business meetings are required, organizations must complete the Pre-Screened Business-to-Business Meetings form at least 45 days prior to the mission, along with the Inbound Mission Support form.Back to Top
Outbound missions consist of in-country briefings by the U.S. State Department and Commercial Service in each host country, as well as prearranged meetings with high-level government officials and local economic development agencies to acquaint them with Miami-Dade County's international trade promotion programs.
County representatives highlight Miami-Dade's world class infrastructure, multicultural composition, unique geographic location and advantages as an international trade platform and a global gateway.
The purpose of Miami-Dade's branding presentation workshop is to highlight the County's role as the "Gateway to the Americas" and a platform for international trade to government officials, economical development agencies, the trade community and the media during an inbound or outbound mission. The comprehensive presentation also includes:
- The County's assets and uniqueness with its superior infrastructure, multilingual workforce and its geographic location as a transshipment point
- Key role and functions of economic development agencies
- Analysis of trade statistics and data
Miami-Dade County's business matchmaking program is an important part of its trade missions. It provides private sector delegates an opportunity to promote international business development by participating in pre-arranged business-to-business matchmaking meetings organized in conjunction with the host country's local economic development agencies.
These services are provided to registered mission participants as part of the trade mission program. During outbound missions the County invites government and economic development agencies to bring a reverse mission to Miami-Dade.Back to Top
Upcoming 2016 Mission
Save-the-Dates for the upcoming mission trip to China and Taiwan taking place on April 11–23. Register by Feb. 20. Mission participants will visit the following cities: Shanghai (April 12 – 15), Hangzhou (April 15 – 17), Guangzhou (April 17 – 20) and Taipei, Taiwan (April 20 – 23). For information on how to become a sponsor or questions email or call Desmond Alufohai at 305-375-3526.Back to Top
Business Development Mission Reports
Miami-Dade County has sponsored trade missions around the world.
Submit a Business Event
To request to have your economic development or international trade event posted in the calendar, complete and submit this form.
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