Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I September 2018

Chamber hears from World Bank to learn about procurement opportunities for Los Angeles companiestoparticle
Members of the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council received a briefing from Enzo de Laurentiis, chief procurement officer in the Operations Policy & Country Services Vice-Presidency of the World Bank, as he shared insights on the bank's efforts to make significant improvements in its procurement approach and the new business opportunities this has generated. "The World Bank has awarded or approved billions of dollars in overseas contracts. The opportunities are there for all companies, including SME's. Within the last year, the U.S. has risen from 22nd to the 11th largest recipient of World Bank contracts," said de Laurentiis. Erik Bethel, newly appointed alternate U.S. executive director for the World Bank Group, joined the session and provided welcome remarks. Since 2011, the L.A. Area Chamber has served as a World Bank Private Sector Liaison Officer on the West Coast, helping California companies compete for new business stemming from those contracts by coordinating activities with business intermediaries. The World Bank transacts billions of dollars in contracts worldwide each year. View the VIDEOPHOTOS and PRESENTATION. Access PROCUREMENT NOTICES.
Vietnam Provincial Roadshow Business Roundtable hosted at Chamber
The L.A. Area Chamber and Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), in partnership with the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, welcomed a delegation of Vietnamese provincial government officials and business executives representing various key industry sectors earlier this week. This was the first official program as a result of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed between LARExC and VIETRADE as part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's trip to Asia in July. Speakers included Amb. Nina Hachigian, Office of Mayor Garcetti, Amb. Nguyen Hoang Long, Ministry of Vietnam, Hon. Ho Xuan Son, consul general of Vietnam, and John Rockhold, AmCham Vietnam. Vietnam is the Los Angeles region's fourth largest trading partner, with a total annual bilateral trade of $19 billion. View the PRESENTATION and PHOTOS.
Global business opportunities highlighted at the Chamber's China Import and Export Fair Briefing
The Chamber, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles and China Southern Airlines, hosted nearly 90 business executives this week to encourage companies to showcase and source products at the 2018 China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, in Guangzhou, China, taking place from Oct. 15 to Nov. 4, 2018. Kevin Zhou of the International Communication Department with the China Foreign Trade Centre joined via video conference from Guangzhou. Local speakers included Ilse Metchek, president of the Californa Fashion Association, and Vince Iacopella, senior VP of growth, Alba Wheels Up International Inc. LEARN MORE about the Canton Fair. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Chamber welcomes China Chamber of Commerce for Light Industrial Products
Zhan Jie, vice president of the China Chamber of Commerce for Light Industrial Products and Art Crafts (CCCLA), and a trade delegation visited the Chamber to establish closer trade relationships to promote exports and imports between the Los Angeles region and China. Zhan asked the Chamber to encourage local companies to network with CCCLA members to sell more U.S. made goods to China. He also expressed an interest in developing a strategic partnership between his organization and the Chamber. The CCCLA is China's largest consumer products organization. In 2017, China maintained its No. 1 top trading partner position with the L.A. region, with a total bilateral trade of $172 billion. LEARN MORE.
Chamber participates in the 39th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Convention
Carlos J. Valderrama, president of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, participated as keynote speaker at the International Trade General Session of the 39th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) Convention. The presentation highlighted the great business opportunities in global markets. This year's convention was organized by the CHCC and the 55 Hispanic chambers of commerce across the state of California. The CHCC represents the business interests of more than 800,000 Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the state of California. The annual event attracted more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, small business advocates, corporate representatives, community leaders and government officials.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Oct. 17
Please join the Global Initiatives Council to hear from Richard Samans, managing director of The World Economic Forum, for a closer look at new government regulations surrounding the tech sector. Drawing on the World Economic Forum's global convening power, community creation and insight generation, the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco aims to accelerate cross-sector cooperation for effective Fourth Industrial Revolution governance. REGISTER NOW.
United States-Vietnam Trade & Investment Forum 2018, Sept. 25
Join the Chamber and the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), in partnership with the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, for a forum designed to give Southern California companies the opportunity to network with and learn from Vietnamese officials who are responsible for the development of Vietnam's economy and to meet with potential Vietnamese business partners. High ranking officials of the Ministry, deputy mayors of provinces and representatives of approximately 30 companies will be participating, making it one of the highest profile delegations to Los Angeles this year. Learn about the latest policies regarding foreign investment in Vietnam and gain advice on how to do business in Vietnam in such industries as renewable energy, information technology, textiles and mechanical engineering. REGISTER NOW.
Private SpaceX Briefing, Sept. 19
Diplomat members are invited to hear from Jonathan Hofeller, vice president of commercial sales, SpaceX, as he provides an update on general trends of the aerospace industry in California, current international partnerships that SpaceX has cultivated and potential partnership opportunities. Hofeller's primary responsibility with SpaceX is commercial business development efforts across the globe. He is also responsible for developing SpaceX's approach to meet the growing demand of the secondary and small payload market. Hofeller joined SpaceX in 2007 and previously headed the company's business development efforts in North America, the Middle East and Asia--successfully expanding SpaceX's customer base to include several new customers and regions. RSVP NOW.*
The Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group provides the infrastructure and venue where members of the consul corp. and trade offices can develop their own trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. To date, more than 40 countries are represented in the initiative.
Chamber applauds news of trade agreement between U.S. and Mexico
Following last week's announcement from the Trump administration on progress with Mexico on NAFTA negotiations, Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas stated, "The L.A. Area Chamber is pleased that an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was reached, and are encouraged that this demonstrates the importance of continuing trilateral negotiations."
PCC Tariff Tracker
Access the latest listing of U.S., China, EU, Canada, Mexico and India tariffs, and the process for seeking exemptions. This resource by Alba Wheels Up International Inc. was created and is maintained for brokers and forwarders--members of the five local associations comprising the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Assn. LEARN MORE.
Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission appoints co-deputy executive directors
The Chamber congratulates newly appointed Richard D. Cameron as the Port of Long Beach's new deputy executive director of planning and development and Dr. Noel Hacegaba as the Port's new deputy executive director of administration and operations. Cameron and Hacegaba have served the Port in several capacities for many years and bring a comprehensive blend of industry experience and community relationships to the organization. Their skills and deep experience in all facets of maritime and logistics management will prove valuable during this period of significant change in the goods movement industry. READ MORE.
ITEP announces rebrand to EXP
International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP) announced its rebrand as EXP on Sept. 10. The comprehensive rebrand, including new website EXPfuture.org, represents the organization's strong reputation in the Los Angeles region for bringing industry and schools together to prepare young people for school, career and life. "EXP is not an acronym, but rather a prefix with which we use to tell a more impactful story: EXPlore, EXPerience, EXPand," said Amy Grat, CEO. "We have chosen EXP because it embodies two concepts that are at the core of all that we do: experience and exponential. The new name reflects our growth and positions us well for expansion into new regions and industries and leverages our successful high school programming to include K-8 and college students." With its new tagline, "The opportunity engine," the EXP brand builds on all ITEP has done in the past 19 years, honors its enduring legacy in the Port of Los Angeles, and remains true to its core goal: to help young people gain experience, unlock doors and build the confidence they need to succeed in school, career and life.
To view a full listing of events, visit the International Trade Calendar.
KwaZulu-Natal Export Week, Oct. 1-5

KZN Export Week is an annual program of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) developed to recognize, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal's export businesses and industries.

Export Week will highlight the significance of exporting to the KwaZulu-Natal economy and will aim to celebrate the success of KwaZulu-Natal exporters. Export Week KZN will be filled with information and networking sessions of interest for emerging exporters, existing exporters and seasoned exporters. LEARN MORE.
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