Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment

Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group

Southern California relies on the global economy. The Chamber works to advance global trade in the region and help local businesses build international relationships and expand global reach.

The Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group provides the infrastructure and venue where members of the consular corps and trade offices can develop their own trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. To date over thirty countries are represented in the initiative.

Read the 2020 Welcome Message from Chair Ambassador Marcia Loureiro, Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles


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RECAP OF Feb. 13 MEETING:

Diplomat members receive briefing on L.A. fashion industry

Nearly forty members of the Chamber's Diplomatic and Commercial Officers Group received a briefing led by Isle Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association and Vincent Iacopella, EVP of Alba Wheels Up International, about current global trends in the region’s fashion industry. Topics included U.S. retail marketing channels, market entry options for foreign companies and the impact of the recent virus outbreak. “As it stands today, the virus has already resulted in significant delays in the supply chain and we are seeing projections of a long term economic impact of a 2.5% negative hit on global growth.” The Chamber continues to facilitate connections between local industry leaders and foreign diplomats to create growth opportunities. VIEW THE PRESENTATION. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Agenda, Speaker BiosAlba Wheels Up International Inc. Presentation


RECAP OF Dec. 2 MEETING:

Diplomatic Members Hold Strategic Roundtable

Nearly 30 members of the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group participated in a private roundtable this week to establish program priorities for 2020 and discuss potential areas of collaboration. The session was led by Chair, Amb. Marcia Loureiro, Consul General of Brazil. Over the past nine years, the membership of the group has grown from four initial countries to more than 45 members, positioning the Chamber as a commercial bridge between regional companies and many countries. SEE PHOTOS.

Agenda, Leadership Bios


 RECAP OF Oct. 4 MEETING:

Chamber member diplomats receive AI Industry Sector Briefing

Members of the Chamber’s Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group met with Dr. Paul McLachlan, Principal Data Scientist with Ericsson Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator last week to receive an update on general trends in the AI and 5G sector in California. Technological advancement in mobile and cloud computing has resulted in a projected "8x growth in smartphone traffic by 2020", among other increases. California is uniquely positioned to answer public demand for heightened interconnectivity by engaging its technological companies and encouraging collaboration to create efficiencies and scale. More than 40 countries are represented in the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group, which provides the infrastructure and venue where members of the consular corps and trade offices can develop their own trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. SEE PHOTOS

Agenda, Ericsson Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator Presentation


RECAP OF Jul.23 MEETING:

Diplomats visit Grifols for So Cal Bio Science Sector briefing

Members of the Chamber’s Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group received a briefing on the Southern California Bio Science sector, organized in partnership with Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) and Chamber member Grifols, a leading global healthcare company. The greater LA area is home to 1,000 Bio Science firms and employs 90,000.  The session included expert overviews of bioscience hubs in the region by executives from key pharma companies, who also discussed growth prospects/trends and opportunities for international collaboration. Ahmed Enany, president of SoCalBio, noted, “Going global is not an option [for bio science firms], it is a necessity even for emerging companies”. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Agenda, Bios, SoCalBio Presentation, CrossLinkBio, Inc. PresentationAlfred Mann Foundation Presentation

 


RECAP OF March 6 MEETING:

Chamber Diplomat Group meets with California State Board of Food and Agriculture

Members of the Chamber’s Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group met with senior representatives from the California State Board of Food and Agriculture this week to learn about the state’s agriculture sector, international strategies department and best practices for agricultural exports and imports. Speakers included Josh Eddy, executive director of the CA State Board, Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, Science Advisor to Secretary Ross at the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Brooks Ohlson, director of the Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development. California is the top performing agricultural producer in the nation and exported over $20 billion of products in 2017, 63.8% of all US ag exports. The state strives to continue building international collaboration in areas of climate change and ag technology.

Agenda, Bios, Presentation

 


RECAP OF Nov. 15 MEETING:

On Nov. 15, California Energy Commission and the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown briefed members of the Chamber's Diplomatic and Commercial Officers Group on California environmental regulations with a focus on new initiatives surrounding renewable energy and environmental protections. The members were also given an overview of the Global Climate Action Summit and any international partnerships and actions that resulted from the Summit.

AgendaBiosGlobal Climate Action Summit PresentationCalifornia Energy Commission Presentation

 


RECAP OF Sept. 19 MEETING:

On Sept.19, members of the Chamber’s Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group were briefed by SpaceX on general trends of the aerospace industry in CA, current international partnerships that SpaceX has cultivated and potential partnership opportunities.

Agenda, Bios


PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Date Sessions
2020  
02/13/20

California Fashion Briefing

Agenda, Speaker BiosAlba Wheels Up International Inc. Presentation

2019  
10/04/19

Private AI & 5G Industry Sector Briefing

Agenda, Ericsson Global Artificial Intelligence Accelerator Presentation

07/23/19

Southern California Bio Science Briefing

AgendaBiosSoCalBio PresentationCrossLinkBio, Inc. Presentation

03/06/19

California Agriculture Industry Briefing

AgendaBiosPresentation

2018  
11/15/18

California Environmental Regulations & Renewable Energy Briefing

Agenda, Bios, Global Climate Action Summit Presentation, California Energy Commission Presentation

07/18/18

Private City of Los Angeles Briefing

Agenda, Bios

06/08/18 Economic Development Centers in the Regional Counties
AgendaBios
World Trade Center Los Angeles Presentation
County of Riverside Presentation
Ventura County Presentation
Orange County Business Council Presentation
3/13/18 Import Regulations Briefing
AgendaBiosFDA Presentation, U.S. Customs Presentation
2017  
12/04/17 Strategic Roundtable
Agenda, Programming Summary
11/30/17 Private Session: The L.A. Tech Scene
AgendaBio, Presentation, PitchBook
11/16/17 Private E-Commerce Briefing
AgendaBio, Presentation
08/25/17 Private Roundtable with GO-Biz
AgendaBio
06/29/17 Private Pasadena Tournament of Roses Briefing 
Presentation
2017 Rose Parade Highlights - Echoes of Success
04/04/17 California Energy Briefing 
Agenda
A Closer Look at California's Energy Market & Regulations
California's Air Quality and Climate Efforts
Building a World-Class Green Economy
   
2016  
12/05/16 Annual Strategic Planning Session & VIP Holiday Reception 
Agenda
10/17/16 Private Briefing with Solar Reserve
Agenda, Bio
Presentation, Video
09/22/16 Private Skechers Facility Tour & Highland Fairview Luncheon
Presentation
09/9/16 Goods Movement & Infrastructure Briefing
Agenda
Alameda Corridor Fact Sheet
Port of Los Angeles Overview
Environmental Programs at the Port of Los Angeles
Port of Los Angeles Trade Connect
08/3/16 Economic Development Round table with the Five Counties
Agenda, Bios
World Trade Center Los Angeles Presentation
County of Riverside Economic Dev. Agency
San Bernardino County Economic Dev. Agency
Ventura County Small Business Dev. Agency
Orange County Business Council Information
03/9/16 Briefing with LA BioMed
Agenda, Presentation

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CURRENT MEMBERS

Austrian Trade Commission Consulate General of Switzerland - Swiss Hub USA
British Consulate General - UK Trade & Investment Consulate General of the Dominican Republic
Chilean Trade Commission Turkish Consulate General
Consulate General of Argentina Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Australia Fiji Trade Commission - The Americas
Consulate General of Bangladesh Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Consulate General of Belgium-Flanders Investment & Trade Italian Trade Commission
Consulate General of Brazil Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Consulate General of Bulgaria Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
Consulate General of Canada North American Rep. Office of Shenzhen
Consulate General of Egypt Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency
Consulate General of Ethiopia South African Consulate General
Consulate General of Finland Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Los Angeles
Consulate General of Germany Thai Trade Center Los Angeles
Consulate General of Japan Trade and Investment Promotion Office of Peru
Consulate General of Kenya Trade Commission of Spain
Consulate General of Malaysia Trade Office of Ecuador in Los Angeles
Consulate General of Mauritius Vietnamese Trade Office in San Francisco
Consulate General of Mexico Polish Trade and Investment Agency
Consulate General of New Zealand IDA Ireland
Consulate General of Pakistan Indonesia Trade Promotion Center
Consulate General of the People's Republic of China Consulate General of Sri Lanka
   
 
*List last updated 10/9/19

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Consulate General of Thailand

Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates

Consulate General of Mauritius 

Consulate General of Egypt

Consulate General of Bangladesh

Consulate General of Ethiopia

 

 

 

Amb. Marcia Loureiro

Chair
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)

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