Inside Global Trade: Celebrate World Trade Week in May



May 2013 - in this issue...
87th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast

Inside the Chamber

Upcoming Chamber Events

On Your Radar

Community Events

Join The Chamber

Trade Tip

Media Hits

Trade Intelligence Brief
 
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STRATEGIC LINKS
Doing Business

Institute of the Americas

Invest In America

Office of the United States Trade Representative

U.S. Dept. of the Treasury - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

World Trade Organization

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TribLive, April 27
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TRADE TIP

As part of World Trade Week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, along with export, trade and finance-related federal agencies will be hosting a series of Twitter Q&A sessions for companies. Tweet questions using #tradechat during these times (EST):

  • Export Opportunities: Thursday, May 9, 2 p.m.
  • Financing: Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m. 
  • Training and Travel Opportunities: Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m. 

Agencies will respond to as many tweets as possible. Questions may also be submitted in advance.

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MEDIA HITS
Microsoft Official Tyler Bryson to discuss technology trends in global trade at L.A. Chamber World Trade Breakfast
Long Beach Business Journal, April 24
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TRADE INTELLIGENCE BRIEF 
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.
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WORLD TRADE WEEK BREAKFAST KICKS OFF MONTH OF EVENTS
Nearly 600 business executives and members of the diplomatic corps gathered Thursday, May 2 for the 87th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast at the JW Marriott at LA Live. "I encourage each of you to look beyond the U.S. and utilize the other 95 percent of the world's population to grow your business and provide economic growth to the L.A. area," said World Trade Week Chair Noel Massie, UPS. Chamber Board Member Joseph Czyzyk, Mercury Air Group, Inc., received the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award for his commitment to expand international trade opportunities in Southern California. Keynote speaker Tyler Bryson, Microsoft Corporation discussed how new technology can help small businesses become more competitive in the global market. Also at the event, 13 students received nearly $10,000 in scholarships. View photo gallery and press release. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. Above, clockwise from top left, Joseph Czyzyk, high school and college scholarship award winners, and Bryson. Photos by: ImageActive.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPECIAL GUESTS FOR ATTENDING OUR WORLD TRADE WEEK KICKOFF BREAKFAST

  • Members of Congress: Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Rep. Maxine Water
  • L.A. City Councilmember Joe Buscaino
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Associate Administrator for International Trade Dario Gomez 
  • Port of Long Beach Commissioners Thomas Fields, Nick Sramek and Mike Walter
  • Consul generals and trade officers from more than 20 countries were represented

    Above, Rep. Becerra with Brittany Best, a college scholarship award winner.
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INSIDE THE CHAMBER
Chamber receives briefing on new reality of global trade
In mid-April, the Global Initiatives Council heard from Chamber Board Member Elizabeth Stephenson, McKinsey & Company, Inc., on her perspective on the role of trade in the global economy. She highlighted 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. "Trade has been growing at twice the rate of the world's GDP. For the U.S., we need to become exporters again." Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. 
Chamber welcomes Philippine Ambassador to the U.S.
Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia and prominent business executives visited the Chamber in late April. The visit was part of the Philippine Government's Investment Roadshow in the United States. Ambassador Cuisia and members of the trade delegation noted that the Philippines has a large financial surplus, and is eager to attract know-how and not capital. He noted that the Philippine government wants to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Members of the trade delegation included representatives of different industrial sectors including semiconductors/electronics, mines, executive recruitment, investment banking and education. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570. 
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UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

Global Initiatives Council Meeting, June 19 

Join the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, June 19 with Noel Massie, UPS President, Central California District. Massie is responsible for all operations, customer relationship management and revenue management of nearly $2 billion annually. The Central California District employs nearly 11,000 employees and serves more than 80,000 customers daily. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

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ON YOUR RADAR
Obama announces nominees for Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative
Last week, President Barack Obama selected Chicago business woman Penny Pritzker as his nominee to lead the Commerce Department and White House aide Michael Froman to be U.S. Trade Representative. Froman is the deputy national security adviser for international economics. Previously at investment bank Citigroup, he has been an aggressive free trade advocate inside the White House and a major supporter of policies to ensure that Americans have equal access to markets comparedwith workers from other countries. Pritzker is an investor and daughter of the co-founder of the Hyatt hotel chain. Read more.
Brazil's Roberto Azevedo to head the World Trade Organization

The Brazilian trade diplomat has been named as the next head of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Roberto Azevedo will succeed France's Pascal Lamy in September. Azevedo has been Brazil's ambassador to the WTO since 2008. He will be the first Latin American to head the WTO since its creation in 1995. Read more.

 
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COMMUNITY & WORLD TRADE WEEK EVENTS
In May, join us for the nearly 30 international trade events taking place in Southern California as part of World Trade Week.

 

Visit the International Trade Calendar for a complete listing.

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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