The Chamber's Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) toured the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica last month and met with RAND Executive Vice President Michael Rich. Rich shared RAND's role as a research institute and the organization's international influence. TCNG members were invited to provide any research opportunities and partnerships they believe their respective countries could have with RAND.
Export-Import Bank President Fred P. Hochberg discussed the current role and future plans of the bank, and President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative.
During his first visit to Los Angeles since his appointment, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez met with Chamber members to discuss opportunities and challenges with doing business overseas.
Ren Xiangdong, vice chairman of the China Foreign Trade Center, provided an overview of China's largest import and export fair at the Chamber. The fair, which will be held April-May 2010, received 188,170 overseas merchants from more than 200 countries and regions, and turned out import and export contracts worth more than $30 billion in 2009.
The Chamber and the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Japan recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Los Angeles and Nagoya.
Korean Ambassador Duk-Soo Han spoke about United States and South Korea relations at a luncheon Tuesday at the Chamber. Ambassador Han focused on the importance of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) and on the international challenges Korea and the United States face, including recovery from the economic recession and nuclear proliferation issues.
More than 200 Spanish and Southern California business executives participated in the first-ever California-Spain Business Forum. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Chamber with the High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain (High Council) representing 85 chambers of commerce in Spain, to promote trade and investment between the Los Angeles area and Spain.
The L.A. Area Chamber and the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) based in Santiago, Chile, joined together to enhance business opportunities between Los Angeles and Chile by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The Chamber met with the Hon. Takashi Kawamura, Mayor of Nagoya, Japan, who was in Los Angeles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Los Angeles and Nagoya.
Chamber members learned about basic exporting strategies for Latin American Markets.
Chamber members discussed the current investment climate in Sri Lanka with members of the Board of Investment
of Sri Lanka.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke addressed business leaders at The Americas Business Forum, hosted by the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and L.A. Area Chamber. The forum convened senior commercial officers stationed at 14 U.S. Embassies in the Western Hemisphere and nearly 200 regional business leaders to discuss export opportunities to create jobs, bolster trade and grow the economy.