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 consul corp. 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 2019 Welcome Message from Chair Patricia Elliott, Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.


To Be Announced


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



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



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


Date Sessions

California Agriculture Industry Briefing



California Environmental Regulations & Renewable Energy Briefing

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


Private City of Los Angeles Briefing

Agenda, Bios

06/08/18 Economic Development Centers in the Regional Counties
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
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
06/29/17 Private Pasadena Tournament of Roses Briefing 
2017 Rose Parade Highlights - Echoes of Success
04/04/17 California Energy Briefing 
A Closer Look at California's Energy Market & Regulations
California's Air Quality and Climate Efforts
Building a World-Class Green Economy
12/05/16 Annual Strategic Planning Session & VIP Holiday Reception 
10/17/16 Private Briefing with Solar Reserve
Agenda, Bio
Presentation, Video
09/22/16 Private Skechers Facility Tour & Highland Fairview Luncheon
09/9/16 Goods Movement & Infrastructure Briefing
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



British Consulate General - UK Trade & Investment Chilean Trade Commission (ProChile)
Consulate General of Angola Consulate General of Argentina
Consulate General of Australia Consulate General of Bangladesh
Consulate General of Brazil Consulate General of Bulgaria
Consulate General of Canada Consulate General of Egypt
Consulate General of Ethiopia Consulate General of Finland
Consulate General of Germany Consulate General of Hungary
Consulate General of Japan Consulate General of Kenya
Consulate General of Malaysia Consulate General of New Zealand
Consulate General of Mauritius  Consulate General of Angola
Consulate General of Paraguay Consulate General of the People's Republic of China
Consulate General of Switzerland Consulate General of Turkey
Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates Fiji Trade Commission - The Americas
Consulate General of Belgium - Flanders Investment and Trade Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Indonesian Trade Promotion Center Italian Trade Commission Los Angeles Office
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
North American Rep Office of Shenzhen Philippine Trade & Investment Center
Consulate General of Argentina ProMexico
South African Consulate General Sri Lanka Consulate General 
Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Los Angeles (Economic Division) Thai Trade Center Los Angeles
Trade and Investment Promotion Office of Peru Trade Office of Ecuador
Trade Commission of Spain Consulate General of Mexico
Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency  Consulate General of Sri Lanka
Vietnamese Trade Office in San Francisco
*List last updated 5/31/18


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





Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Patricia Elliott
Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles

Amb. Marcia Loureiro

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

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