Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment

Center for Global Trade and Foreign Investment Advocacy


The Los Angeles region is the nation’s largest metropolitan export market, and one of the largest recipients of foreign direct investment.

According to several studies, workers in international trade-related jobs earn higher salaries than counterparts in other sectors of the economy. According to a report by the Brookings Institution, local exports directly account for over 300,000 local export production jobs, and directly support another 227,000 jobs throughout the nation.  The Chamber estimates that thousands of workers are being employed by foreign subsidiaries with commercial and industrial presence in the region.

We encourage the White House, U.S. Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative to support the negotiation of fair and free trade agreements to increase employment through expanding international trade and investment.

The Global Initiatives Council addresses advocacy issues affecting global trade.

One of the primary objectives of the Global Initiatives Council is the creation of jobs through expanding global trade and investment. It works to foster the development and provide access to international markets by local companies and maximize the region’s diverse resources to increase opportunities in the global economy.

Read more about the Global Initiatives Council, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez in the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment about joining the Council or check out the Chamber calendar to find out when the next meeting is taking place. 

2019 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 constructive dialogue and negotiations with China to address legitimate concerns in a reasonable manner that will de-escalate the trade war and ensure a sustainable, mutually beneficial bilateral trade relationship between the US and China.
  • Support any remaining necessary implementation measures to ensure that the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) remains in effect.
  • Support the continuing discussions under the U.S. - Japan Economic Dialogue and initiation of the U.S. – Japan free trade agreement negotiations.
  • Support a trade dialogue, which would successfully lead to a future U.S. - UK trade agreement, and U.S. – EU trade agreement.
  • Ensure full U.S. engagement in modernizing the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and regulations to strengthen the rule of law in the multi-lateral trading system; and urge the Administration to support the WTO dispute settlement system.
  • Support new bilateral free trade agreements with key trading partners in lieu of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Encourage the U.S. Government to establish a closer trade and investment relationship with the newly elected governments in Latin America.
  • Urge the U.S. Government to suspend the aluminum and steel tariffs.
  • Urge the Administration to implement export control rules that protect US national security interests without unnecessarily restricting trade and export opportunities for US companies.
  • Recommend that the U.S. make efforts to harmonize competition policy and antitrust standards as applied to technology companies to ensure consistent transparency and due process in all jurisdictions.