December 10, 2010

Chamber Hosts Dr. Ira Kalish for Discussion of Global Economic Environment

Chamber Moderates Panel at Americas Competitiveness Forum 2010, Atlanta, Georgia

Chamber Trade Commissioners Networking Group Holds Roundtable at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica

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CHAMBER HOSTS DR. IRA KALISH FOR DISCUSSION OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT. The Global Initiatives Council hosted Dr. Ira Kalish, director of global economics at Deloitte Research, who examined the global economic environment and offered his view on what to expect in 2011 and beyond. "The goal of the National Export Initiative, which is to double national exports in five years, can be achieved. But, it will be a result of strong market forces, not government," said Kalish. An expert on global economic issues as well as the effects of economic, demographic and social trends on the global business environment, Kalish also explained why a double dip is not in the cards for the U.S., why the euro will survive and why the big emerging markets will play the primary role in fueling a global recovery. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Chamber moderates panel at Americas Competitiveness Forum 2010 in Atlanta

Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama moderated a panel discussion involving Secretaries of Commerce and Industry representing Andean Countries. The panel was part of the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) hosted by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Mayor Kasim Reed on Nov. 14-16, in Atlanta. The ACF is the preeminent economic and commercial event in the Americas, attracting approximately 1,000 participants from the Western Hemisphere’s public and private sector, including heads of state, ministers of economy, commerce, trade and industry, and leaders from academia, civil society and business. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Chamber Trade Commissioner's Networking Group holds roundtable at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica

In November, the Chamber's Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) toured the Milken Institute in Santa Monica and met with Milken President & CEO  Michael Klowden and Executive Director of Economic Research Ross DeVol. The briefing touched on Milken’s role as an economic think tank and the organization's large Annual Global Conference . TCNG members were invited to provide any research opportunities and partnerships they believe their respective countries could have with Milken. Other sessions this year included a briefing with Import specialists from U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. FDA, and the Department of Treasury's Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, as well as a private briefing at the RAND Corporation with Executive Vice President Michael Rich. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Learn more about the Chamber's Global Initiatives events or contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.



Trade Commissioners Networking Group, Jan. 26
Members of the Chamber’s TCNG Group are invited to attend a briefing and C-17 Boeing Facility Tour in Long Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 9-11 a.m. Boeing representatives will include Alan Baker, Global Mobility Team. To register or for more information, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Happy Holidays from the L.A. Area Chamber
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce wishes our members and members of the international trade community a wonderful holiday season. Our offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24 and throughout the holidays. We will reopen Monday, Jan. 3.



"WITmas in MEXICO" Annual Holiday Celebration and Charity Benefit, Dec. 8
Where: Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina, San Pedro
or 800.514.6407

3rd Annual Career Fair, Dec. 10
Where: International Studies Learning Center
Register: Paola Santana, 213.580.7553

Opportunities in the Korean Food Market, Dec. 16
Where: Los Angeles Grand Wilshire Hotel
Constantino Jung Han, 323.954.9500, ext. 112

VITA Global Networking Breakfast: Gateway to the European Union, Jan. 19
Where: The Valley Economic Allicance, Sherman Oaks
Register:, 818.379.7000, etc. 109

To submit an event, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or

AmCham ChileAmCham PeruCenters for International Trade Development
(CITD) • Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior Inversión y 
Tecnologia A.C. (COMCE) • High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain • 
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry Port of Long BeachPort of Los Angeles • The 
Export Import Bank of the United States • The Korea International Trade Association 

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