L.A. Area Chamber Hosts U.S. Ambassadors, Trade Representatives to Promote Business in Latin America

September 28, 2011 11:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — The U.S. Ambassadors to Peru and Chile, along with the U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Brazil called on members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today to explore business opportunities in Latin America and help double U.S. exports and support two million jobs by 2015.

U.S. Ambassadors Alejandro Wolff (Chile), Rose Likins (Peru) and U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Brazil Todd Chapman, along with Vicki Weil of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), visited the L.A. Area Chamber as part of a national road show looking to boost American exports and meet the goals of President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative.

“There are plenty of business opportunities for American business owners in Latin America, that’s why it’s so important for this delegation to build more awareness around the country,” said L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President Carlos Valderrama.  “If this initiative succeeds, America’s workforce will be the biggest beneficiary.”

The U.S.-Latin America Business Promotion Tour is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and BCIU, with assistance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

The week-long tour kicked off Monday in Washington D.C., included stops in Detroit, Memphis and Houston, and will culminate Friday in San Francisco and Chicago.


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.

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