WHO: Local Miami-Dade County officials: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giminez, Members of the Board of County Commissioners and Port Director Bill Johnson; Members of the South Florida Congressional Delegation: Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Trey Radel (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Assistant Secretary of State of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield
WHEN: TOMORROW: Wednesday, August 28th at 10:15 a.m. Terminal will open at 9:30 a.m. For further details and live-truck arrangements, please contact Paula Musto, Musto@Miamidade.gov, 305-960-5444
WHERE: Cruise Terminal D, PortMiami
WHY: The State Department and INL will be signing a partnership agreement with PortMiami for future cooperation to address developing security challenges in the Caribbean and to help partner nations develop the capabilities to combat crime in their own communities.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: "I'm pleased to welcome Assistant Secretary Brownfield to Miami for the signing of this important agreement. Miami is the hub for international travel and trade with Latin America and the Caribbean, but a rise in crime, corruption, a lapse in the rule of law and narcoterrorism in our Hemisphere threatens to hurt jobs, trade and damage our local economy. That's why this agreement is an important step to help stem the tide of these rising issues. We must help our partner nations develop their own internal capabilities to combat these problems so that we can ensure stability and continued economic growth throughout the region."