Consular & Trade Representatives

The Consular & Trade Representatives outreach program is designed to better integrate Consuls General and Foreign Trade Representatives into the South Florida business community. They are recognized as Trustees of the Greater Miami Chamber offering a creative solution towards introducing the foreign dignitaries to the community, which has resulted in greater rapport, cultural exchange and trade relations amongst participants.

Consuls General and Trade Representatives are included in all Trustee member activities and communications; receive invitations to attend the monthly Trustee Luncheon; and new members are introduced to the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Additionally, the Chamber hosts events in their honor as well as various educational and networking programs. This program is made possible by Greater Miami Chamber members who underwrite the Consular & Trade Representatives membership.

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Chair

Diana Marcela Arbeláez
CEO
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Alex Fuentes

Co-Chair

Alejandro Fuentes
Director of International Business Development
Baptist Health International

Tomas Abreu

Co-Chair

Tomas Abreu
Honorary Consulate of Monaco in Miami

Staff Contact

Goals

Work with consulates and trade offices to tailor meetings for each country according to their unique plans for economic growth:

  • Create a mini-survey during the first quarter for the consular teams to help the committee gain more insight about consular expectations, then plan activities accordingly
  • Create programs based on results from last year’s mini-survey to assist more consuls in gaining insight on how Miami-Dade County functions and work with local organizations to showcase the county’s multiple attractions

Strengthen ties with local partners by identifying and inviting local businesses aligned with the verticals the consulates feel would incentivize trade and local business growth and include bi-national chambers.

Expand community outreach:

  • Increase the involvement of trade officers and bi-national chambers by 10 percent
  • Extend meeting invitations at consulates to Chamber members and potential members as well as to members of the bi-national chambers of the corresponding country that hosts each meeting
  • Collaborate with the bi-national chambers by sharing our events in mutual newsletters
  • Host international event to recognize efforts of multi-nationals that keep South Florida at the forefront of global expansion

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