Inc. (“FCA”) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the
promotion of business, economic, educational, tourism, cultural and broad
friendship ties between Florida and China. Founded as a Florida not for
profit corporation in 2003, FCA is statewide in scope and based in Miami.
To accomplish these objectives, FCA works
partners with the State of Florida/Office of the Governor, Enterprise
Florida and local economic development and international organizations
throughout Florida, as well as the private sector. FCA organizes
conferences, seminars, programs and activities both throughout Florida and
China as well. FCA is actively seeking both public and private sector
funding to carry out its mission.
FCA also works in close
partnership and shares office space and resources with two other statewide
Asia-related NPOs, Florida Delegation, Southeast U.S. Japan Association,
Inc. and Florida-Korea Economic Cooperation Committee, Inc. and maintains a
strategic alliance and close working relationship with Enterprise Florida.
FCA’S two sister Asian
organizations have established track records of some 30 and 20 years,
respectively, and plan and coordinate Florida’s official participation in a
seven-state Southeastern U.S. regional association. To promote ties with
Florida, China and the entire region, just as its two sister organizations
have successfully done for many years. Every other year, FCA works jointly
with its two sister organizations, to plan and organize an Asian business
development mission to China, Japan and Korea. Members may participate in
only the China portion of the mission or opt for the Japan and/or Korea
portions as well.
early November 2003 and again in October 2005, the then Florida Secretary of
State, Glenda E. Hood, led Florida’s first official delegations on a mission
organized by FCA to China for meetings with senior officials at China’s
Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the China Council of the
Promotion of International Trade and top business leaders in Beijing. The
2005 mission also included a visit to the site of the Florida International
University School of Hospitality & Tourism Management campus in Tianjin and
meetings with officials of the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA)
there. The next mission is tentatively scheduled for May 2010, more
details to be announced soon.
Companies, organizations and individuals
interested in supporting the mission and activities of FCA are invited to
become corporate, non-profit or individual members.