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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 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.

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Outbound Missions

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.

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Business Development Mission Reports

Miami-Dade County has sponsored trade missions around the world.

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South Korea: May 10-17, 2014

What: Business Development Mission to The Republic of Korea
Where: Seoul and Busan, South Korea

Miami-Dade County, with the support of The Korea Trade and Investment Agency (KOTRA), Enterprise Florida, Inc., and the Asian American Advisory Board, will lead a Business Development Mission to Seoul and Busan, South Korea, from May 10-17, 2014. The deadline to register is April 4.

This mission's purpose is to foster bilateral trade, commerce, tourism and cultural exchanges between The Republic of Korea and Florida. The U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement was ratified by Congress on March 15, 2012, and created opportunities for U.S. exporters to sell more made-in-America goods, services and agricultural products to prospective Korean customers, while supporting more U.S. jobs. It is expected that this Agreement will allow U.S. exporters to increase  exports to Korea by approximately $10 to $12 billion annually.

Best prospects/sectors for U.S. exports and investment for the Korean market include:

  • Aerospace Industry
  • Agricultural Sectors
  • Cosmetics
  • Defense Industry Equipment
  • Educational Services
  • Energy (New and Renewable)
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Franchising
  • Food and Beverage
  • Laboratory Scientific Instruments
  • Medical Equipment and Devices
  • Pollution Control Equipment
  • Semiconductors
  • Travel and Tourism

For more information about the mission costs, logistics and corporate sponsorship levels, please call Desmond Alufohai at 305-375-3526 or email alufoha@miamidade.gov.

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