Global Initiatives Council

clientuploads/Council Icons/GlobalInitiatives.pngThe Global Initiatives Council works to develop programs and events to promote global trade and investment to create regional employment.


 >> Read the 2020 Trade Policy Recommendations

  • Support the Administration's efforts and urge the U.S. Congress to approve the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement.
  • Urge the Administration to engage in a constructive dialogue and continue negotiations with China that will result in addressing legitimate concerns and the removal of both countries' punitive tariffs.
  • Urge the Administration to continue to engage in earnest efforts to conclude a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement between the US and Japan beyond the digital trade and trade in goods agreements signed in 2019.
  • Encourage earnest and constructive dialogues that will expand trade and investment with the Europe Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit.
  • Recommend that the Administration increase its support and efforts to engage small and medium-sized enterprises in trade, including SMEs owned by women and minorities, as well as rural SMEs.
  • Encourage the Administration to continue seeking market access for U.S. farmers, businesses and investors in the Latin America and Southeast Asia regions.
  • Follow up on the annual Special 301 investigation report through year-round engagement with trading partners to ensure adequate and effective IPR protection and enforcement; and market access for U.S. companies which rely on IPR.
  • Support stronger enforcement of environmental and labor provisions in new US FTAs.
  • Maintain close monitoring of GSP beneficiary countries to ensure they comply with obligations with respect to worker rights, market access, and the protection of intellectual property rights.
  • Urge the Administration to ensure when it utilizes trade remedies that such measures are in compliance with WTO obligations.
  • Urge the Administration to be more engaged in the WTO, including the WTO reform efforts and the strengthening the WTO Dispute Settlement System.
  • Support the advancing of discussions for WTO agreements on e-commerce and digital trade including the protection and free transfer of data, as well as agricultural subsidies reform to help facilitate the conclusion of negotiations by the 12th WTO Ministerial Meeting in June 2020.
  • Recommend that the state of California pursue MOUs to expand trade and investment opportunities in the clean tech-related sectors with other subnational governments.


Aug. 19, 2020

A Deeper Look at Cross-border Trade Shifts with Mexico

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.



Chamber hosts discussion on Geopolitical Shifts From COVID-19

The Global Initiatives Council convened for a virtual session this week to hear from Rob Koepp, Principal of Geoeconomix as he discussed the geopolitical dimensions of the global pandemic and long-term implications regarding China and the U.S. and the prospects for their relationship. Rob also provided an assessment about future implications for the Los Angeles region. “Given the chilling effect that may remain active between the U.S. and China for some time, a strategic rebalance will occur with increasing economic relations with Greater China and other parts of Asia.” The Global Initiatives Council is chaired by Nicole Simonian, partner, Crowell & Moring LLP and generously sponsored by HSBC, Ontario International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles. VIEW THE WEBINAR. VIEW THE PRESENTATION.


This council meets most third Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Meetings will take place at the L.A. Area Chamber.

 DATE Feb. 19
June 17
Aug. 19 Oct. 21
Nov. 18
 LOCATION Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber 



 Date      Meeting Materials    

Feb. 19: L.A.'s Global Profile in 2020: What Lies Ahead in a Time of Trade Conflicts and Political Uncertainty?


Jun.17 : Geopolitical Shifts From COVID-19: Implications for China, the U.S. and Los Angeles



 Date      Meeting Materials    

Feb. 13: Forecast for U.S. Trade Policy in 2019: Tariffs, Negotiations and Trump



Jun. 18: Success in Today's Global Trade Landscape


Aug. 20: Global Issues Affecting the Los Angeles Region

Agenda, Presentation

Oct. 16: Blockchain and Fintech: Bridging the Global Trade Gap

Agenda, Presentation

Nov 20: California on the Global Stage

Agenda, Presentation



 Date      Meeting Materials    

Feb. 21: 2018 Economic Outlook


March 21: The Global E-Commerce Boom in Asia - Best Practices, Trends and Opportunities


June 21: Made in China 2025


Aug. 15: How To Identify & Compete Effectively for World Bank Financed Contracts: A Conversation On the New Procurement Framework

Agenda, Presentation

& Video

Oct. 17: The Fourth Industrial Revolution


Nov 14: Transatlantic Trade: A Tie That Binds




Free & Fair Trade

The L.A. Area Chamber has actively supported and advocated for the passage of previous Free Trade Agreements, with the belief that trade is not the problem but part of the solution. The Chamber is committed to collaborating with partnering organizations to effectively work together to support the enforcement of trade agreements, protection of intellectual property and promotion of direct foreign investment and constructive dialogue.



Once a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces a brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Initiatives Council exclusive email that is later available online.



Access to key information and resources is one of the tools that the Council strives to provide its members. Under the leadership of Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev, professor at Loyola Marymount University and Council Co-chair, a team of LMU students are compiling research for pertinent topics. 



For more information, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Global Initiatives

2020 Global Initiatives Council Leadership:

Nicole Simonian

Nicole Simonian
Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

Brian Peck

Vice Chair
International Trade Policy
Brian Peck
Director, Transnational Law & Business Center,
USC Gould School of Law

Amb. Marcia Loureiro

Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Amb. Marcia Loureiro
Consul General, Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles

Juan Luis Gimeno

Vice Chair
Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Juan Luis Gimeno
Trade Commissioner, Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo (ICEX)

Thank you to our 2020 Council sponsors:



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