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Trade news from around the world
Once a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces an email brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Trades Council exclusive email benefit that is later published online. Read more.
Celebrate the 87th Annual World Trade Week at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 2, 7:15-10:30 a.m. Join more than 500 executives and members of the diplomatic corps to kick off a month-long celebration of world trade in Southern California. Corporate tables available! Read more about the event below. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. 
Honorees for Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award and Bob Kleist Leadership Award announced 
This year's 2013 Stanley T. Olafson Award will be presented to Joseph A. Czyzyk, chairman and CEO of Mercury Air Group Inc. The award, which is one of the most prestigious awards in the international trade community, is presented to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California who has contributed to the advancement of world trade and international relations above and beyond job requirements.

Milken Institute will be receiving the Bob Kleist Leadership Award, which recognizes and honors an organization that has demonstrated inspirational and visionary leadership in the development of world trade in Southern California. 

Czyzyk and the Milken Institute will be honored at the World Trade Week Kickoff breakfast, May 2. 
World Trade Week keynote address 

This year's breakfast program will feature a keynote address from Microsoft Corporation Enterprise & Partners Group Southwest District General Manager Tyler Bryson. Bryson oversees Microsoft's sales for the largest 150-plus customers in the Southwestern U.S. across California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii. Through his leadership, Microsoft established the first-ever High Tech Industry Customer Advisory Board, a vehicle for driving greater industry and customer feedback to Microsoft.   

Chamber speaks at the UCLA Anderson Forecast Economic Outlook Conference
In March, Carlos Valderrama, Chamber senior vice president Global Initiatives, participated on the executive panel discussions focusing on the U.S. competitiveness in a globalized world. Keynote speaker Mickey Kantor, partner, Mayer Brown LLP, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former U.S. Trade Representative, encouraged the continued support of free trade agreements and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Kantor noted that the United States is the largest trade nation in the world that does not pay attention to global trade. 
Chamber welcomes American Chamber of Commerce, Colombia to Los Angeles

Recently the Chamber welcomed a Colombian trade delegation to discuss bilateral trade benefits of the new free trade agreement between the United States and Colombia. Fermin Cuza, international president of the World Business Alliance for Secure Trade, organized the event and invited senior executives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Customs & Border Protection to make presentations on current regulatory matters dealing with imports into the United States. At left, Alonza Cruse, district director, FDA, L.A. district office.

Chamber represented in Gov. Brown's trade mission to China
The Chamber, represented by Chamber Board Member Philip Recht, Mayer Brown LLP, is traveling to China this week as part of Gov. Jerry Brown's seven-day trade mission aimed at raising investment dollars for California. China is California's third-largest trading partner, behind Mexico and Canada. The state's merchandise export trade with China amounted to about $14 billion last year. In his first official trip abroad since taking office in 2011, Gov. Brown is expected to promote California exports, tourism and greenhouse gas reduction policies.

For more information, contact
Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Global Initiatives Council Meeting, April 17 

Join the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, April 17 to hear from Elizabeth Stephenson, McKinsey & Company, Inc. The global trade of goods and services accounts for more than a third of global GDP, up from just 20 percent 20 years ago. Stephenson will share the McKinsey perspective on the role of trade in the global economy and highlight emerging trends in trade, including the shifting balance between developed and emerging economies, the growing role of South-South trade, and the impact of near shoring. She will focus on key issues for trade as it relates to our Southern California trade corridors. Register now or contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570. 

**Welcome to our newest TCNG member the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Los Angeles 

Op-Ed: What you Need to Know about the U.S. - EU Free Trade Agreement
By Mike Rosenfeld, Chair, Trade Commissioner's Networking Group  

Well before the nation turned its attention to Asia, L.A. had already developed strong links with the Pacific economies, which is why we eagerly await the completion of the Trans-Pacific. In the meantime, we should also look to the tremendous opportunities looming in the Atlantic, where a trade deal with the European Union is gaining momentum. Here is what you need to know:    
  • The potential is vast. The EU and U.S. today make up half the global economy and 30 percent of global trade. Nationally, we export three times as much to the EU as to China. This unparalleled economic relationship is why President Barack Obama made a U.S.-EU deal (named the Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, or TTIP) a priority in this year's State of the Union speech.
  • It's not about the tariffs. Tariffs are already low - around 5 percent - but the volume of trade is so high that removing them completely would have a significant effect. Even more could be achieved by addressing non-tariff barriers - the technical norms, safety standards, professional qualifications and red tape that keep goods and services from moving. That doesn't mean adopting the EU's strict regulatory regime; under an ideal agreement, the two sides would simply recognize and abide by each other's standards.
  • It's a stimulus plan - but free. What could it be worth? An ambitious agreement would add a full 1-2 percent extra GDP on both sides of the Atlantic. Even a 1 percent increase would equate, to around $325 billion, roughly equivalent to adding another city the size of Greater Boston, or another state the size of Washington, to the transatlantic economy. That's why the Wall Street Journal called TTIP "the cheapest stimulus you don't need money to buy." 

Of course, as we know from our own Congress, political consensus can be hard to find. Take 27 European nations and 535 members of Congress and you get a lot of agendas. So far, though, we have seen bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. and encouraging signs in Europe, where the United Kingdom and Germany are leading the talks in recognition that TTIP is exactly what's needed to help bolster a fragile European economy.

A free trade deal with Europe may not be a cure-all, but it's a golden opportunity we can't afford to waste.    

TCNG was established to provide the infrastructure and venue where foreign diplomats, including trade commissioners, can develop their own international trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. The Chamber is committed to working closely with countries who are actively promoting trade and economic opportunities. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Chamber joins the Mayor's Council on Business Opportunities for trade mission to Qatar 
The Mayor's Office of Economic & Business Policy is looking in to organizing a Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup trade mission to Doha, May 25 - 29 in partnership with the U.S.- Qatar Business Council and the Bilateral U.S. - Arab Chamber of Commerce. To date, Qatar has allocated more than $130 billion to enhance the country's infrastructure, transportation, hospitality, design and housing sectors. 
This trade mission would be designed to identify opportunities for L.A. companies in preparation for and leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

We encourage businesses and business organizations to get involved and organize their own event during World Trade Week, a month of celebration in May. If your business or organization would like to draw attention to the importance of trade, we encourage you to be part of World Trade Week by hosting your own event.


"Helping You Do Business with Mexico" - FTA Seminar Series, April 16 


"Growing Your Exports to Canada and Mexico" - FTA Seminar Series, April 18 


Safety & Security Trade mission- Seguridad Trade Show, April 23 


Milken Institute 2013 Global Conference, April 28 



Visit the International Trade Calendar for a complete listing, including upcoming World Trade Week events in May!

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569
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