LOS ANGELES, CA – In his first presidential visit to Los Angeles, Sebastian Piñera E., President of the Republic of Chile joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, various trade representatives and hundreds of local business leaders for a roundtable discussion today on trade opportunities between California and Chile.
President Piñera — joined by key trade representatives from Chile including Minister of Agriculture, Jose Antonio Galilea; Minister of Economy, Juan Andres Fontaine and Minister of Culture, Luciano Cruz Coke — highlighted Chile’s recent economic strides and openness to global trade.
“Chile has a free trade agreement with countries around the world,” said President Piñera. “We have had to learn the hard way ... How to participate in this globalization. Maybe we can become the first Latin American country to say we defeated underdevelopment.”
After President Piñera’s remarks, business leaders had a chance to meet with trade representatives from Chile during breakout sessions that focused on agribusiness partnerships, innovation and building bridges between Chile and Hollywood.
President Piñera used the event as a platform to officially launch the Chile-California Council, which will tasked with promoting, supporting and providing guidance to public and private Chilean initiatives to be developed in California. Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos Valderrama was appointed to the council.
“I look forward to representing the interests of the Los Angeles business community as a member of the Chile-California Council,” Valderrama said. “This partnership is exactly what we need to boost trade opportunities for industries in both Chile and California.”
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.