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2003-31 FLORIDA FTAA EFFORTS TO PROMOTE MIAMI AS NATURALRESOLUTION N0.2003- 31 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA SUPPORTING THE FLORIDA FTAA'S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE MIAMI AS THE NATURAL LOCATION FOR THE PERMANENT SECRETARIAT OF THE FREE TRADE AREA OF THE AMERICAS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the recent history of a comprehensive Western Hemisphere free trade zone began with the Enterprise Initiative for the Americas proposed hy President George Bush in 1990, and at the first Summit of the Americas, held in Miami during December of 1994, a 2005 target date was approved for the establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA); and WHEREAS, successful negotiation and ratification of such a free trade area would mean significant reduction of trade barriers and lend impetus to the future dynamics in hemispheric commerce that would be of great benefit to Florida's economy; and WHEREAS, during the VII American Business Forum in Quito Ecuador, Florida FTAA delegates explained Miami's business, infrastructure and cultural advantages to Latin American and Caribbean government representatives; and WHEREAS, for the first time, a conceptual design of the building that would house the FTAA Permanent Secretariat has been designed and presented; and WHEREAS, Miami is the business capital of the Americas; and WHEREAS, South Florida is home to 2100 multicultural companies, 25 Foreign Trade Offices, and 40 bi-national chambers of commerce; and WHEREAS, over half of U.S. international trade with Latin America and the Caribbean flows through Miami; and WHEREAS, 40 shipping lines through Miami connect 360 ports in ISO countries around the world, and Miami International Airport is the top U.S. airport for international travelers to and from Latin America; and WHEREAS, the Florida FTAA is a non-profit corporation, which supports hemispheric free trade and efforts to bring the permanent Secretariat of the FTAA to Miami, supported by Governor Jeb Bush, top state leaders in business and government. Enterprise Florida, Inc., individual companies and associations statewide; Ftaa Trade Location Support Reso SG/ho NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOW: Section 1. Expression of Support. The City Council of the City of Miami Gardens fully supports the location of the FTAA Permanent Secretariat in Florida due to the many benefits it will bring in increased trade, business and economic development to all points in the state. Section 2. Transmittal of Resolution. The City Manager is hereby directed to ensure that a copy of this resolution is provided to Governor Jeb Bush, and the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the state legislative committees over international trade. Enterprise Florida, Inc. and the Florida FTAA, Inc. Section 3. Effective date. This Resolution shall become effective upon adoption. PASSED and ADOPTED this lO'^ day of Septemberi2003 ayorShirley Gib: ATTE J g City Clerk APPROVED AS TO FORM AND LEGAL SIUFEK^NCY: Hms OttindlTlhterim City Attorney Moved by: Councilman Campbell Seconded by: Councilwoman King VOTE: Mayor Shirley Gibson Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Councilman Melvin L. Bratton Councilman Oscar Braynon II Councilwoman Audrey King Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett Councilwoman Barbara Watson JL (Yes) _X (Yes) JL_(Yes) _X_(Yes) (Yes) j^(Yes) Ji_(Yes) .(No) .(No) .(No) .(No) .(No) .(No) .(No) Ftaa Trade Location Support Reso SG/ho 9H FTAA City of Miami gardens 17881 NW 2"'' Avenue, Suite 201 Mayor Shirley Gibson Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Vice Mayor Aaron Campbell Councilman Melvin Bratton Councilman Oscar Braynon II Councilwoman Audrey King Councilwoman Sharon Pritchett Councilwoman Barbara Watson MEIVOWOJM To: The Honorable City Council From: Mayor Shirley Gibson Date: September 10, 2003 Re: SUPPORT OF MIAMI AS PERMANENT LOCATION OF THE FTAA TRADE SECRETARIAT RECOMMENDATION It is recommended that the City Council approve the attached resolution. REASONS The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is a non-profit corporation, which supports hemispheric free trade and efforts to bring the permanent Secretariat of the FTAA to Miami, the business capital of the Americas, The idea of a comprehensive Westem Hemisphere free trade zone began with the Enterprise Initiative for the Americas in 1990 and at the first Summit of the Americas held in 1994. Successful negotiation and ratification of such a free trade area would mean significant reduction of trade barriers and lend impetus to the future dynamics in hemispheric commerce that would be of great benefit to Florida's economy. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION South Florida is home to 2100 multicultural companies, 25 Foreign Trade Offices, and 40 bi-national chambers of commerce. Forty shipping lines through Miami connect 360 ports in 130 countries around the world, and Miami International Airport is the top U.S. airport for international travelers to and from Latin America. 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From: RE: MuniclpaMties and Mlaml-Dade County Rubs Marehnar, Executive Director^^arnj^Dade County League of Cftfes, Inc. j to^ion to prornote Miami as the Natural Location for theSecretanat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Date: August 27, 2003 Please consider a resolution on behalf of the above'subiect bacaiKA o# ir« -"h. Amorle.. (FTAA). Please aend yoyr adopted Resolution to our office locaimri »t 7Aan c«'Dftve, Suite 206, Miami Lakes. FL 33014 Thank you! the U.S. international trade with Latin America and the Caribbean flows through Miami. Numerous top state government and business leaders, as well as many individual companies, support this initiative, and a conceptual design of the building that would house the FTAA Permanent Secretariat has been designed. Ftaa Trade Location Support Agenda Memo SG/ho