The Office of Economic Development and International Trade's (OEDIT) 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's international trade promotion programs. In addition, the OEDIT Executive Director, often with the participation of representatives from Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, as appropriate, highlights 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
OEDIT'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. OEDIT has received many congratulatory remarks from international partners for the manner in which the agency plans, organizes, and conducts outbound trade missions. During outbound missions the OEDIT Chair invites government and economic development agencies to bring a reverse mission to Miami-Dade.