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The Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium and Consulate General of the Republic of Suriname to host Trade & Investment Forum and Luncheon on September 20

MIAMI ( September 19, 2018 )

The Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium (ITC) and the Consulate General of the Republic of Suriname in Miami will host their first Trade and Investment Forum & Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, September 20 at the Doubletree by Hilton located at 711 NW 72 Ave. Participants will learn about business and investment opportunities in Suriname as well as meet with government officials. Paramaribo, Suriname, has a Sister Cities relationship with Miami-Dade County.

The most promising investment sectors are agriculture, mining and fresh water resources; tourism and trade; and transportation and infrastructure. Gilmore Hoefdraad, minister of finance; Stephen Tsang, minister of commerce, industry and tourism; and Marsha Renfurm, consul general of Suriname in Miami, will meet one-on-one with participants. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, chair of the ITC, will also be speaking at the event.

“The purpose of the Trade and Investment Forum is to foster and solidify trade and bilateral relations between the people of Miami-Dade County and Suriname in light of the new Sister City engagement between the County and the City of Paramaribo, which became active in June 2018,” said Consul General Renfurm. “Suriname is ready and open for business!”

Suriname has the world’s largest reservoir of fresh water and ground-water. The fertile lands consist of 94 percent tropical rainforest. The Central Suriname Nature Reserve was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unspoiled forests and bio-diversity.  

International trade plays an important role in Miami-Dade County’s economy, supporting more than 100,000 jobs. The ITC advises on issues affecting the County’s international trade agenda and works to promote Miami-Dade County as a global gateway and to enhance access to economic development opportunities.

For more information, contact the Office of Economic Development and International Trade at 305-463-0694 or 305-375-3526.