The Jay Malina International Trade Consortium of Miami-Dade County (ITC), Florida, chaired by Hon. Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade Commissioner, will be conducting a 17-member business and trade development mission to Asia from March 7-20, 2005. The cities that will be visited are: Tianjin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Trade between Miami-Dade County and Malaysia was over $147 million for 2003-2002. Recently Commissioner Diaz hosted his Excellency Ambassador Dato Ghazzali Sheikh Abdul Khalid, Ambassador of Malaysia to the United States, during his visit to Miami-Dade County. Ambassador Abdul Khalid and his delegation visited Miami to explore the possibility of establishing a Malaysian Trade Office and/or an official Malaysian government representation in Miami-Dade.

The Miami-Dade delegation will be arriving at Kuala Lumpur on March 15 and departing on March 17. During their visit, a seminar titled “Miami-Dade: Gateway to the Americas,” will be offered on March 16 at the Malaysian Exterior Trade Development Corporation on trade cooperation between Malaysia and Miami-Dade County.

Commissioner Diaz, ITC Chair, expressed, “Miami-Dade County is excited about the opportunity to pursue closer ties with Malaysia. It is important for us to develop cultural, educational and business relationships with Malaysia and to educate its business community that Miami-Dade County is not just beautiful sands and beaches, but a world-class international business center commonly known as the ‘Gateway to the Americas.’”