Inside Global Trade: Chamber joins SelectUSA Investment Summit
November 2013 - in this issue...

Chamber Joins SelectUSA Investment Summit

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Celebrating its 88th anniversary, World Trade Week is the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. As a WTW sponsor, your company will have the unique opportunity to integrate your marketing and charitable goals by supporting international trade educational programs and scholarships, while also gaining recognition throughout the year. We are accepting early commitments should you have unallocated funds remaining in your 2013 budget! Learn more or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. 
Chamber joins kick off of SelectUSA Investment Summit

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently kicked off the first-ever SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. More than 1,200 attendees from nearly 60 countries discussed the advantages of investing in America and the importance of foreign direct investment as a source of job creation and economic growth in the United States. Summit participants connected with local, state and regional economic development organizations and local, state and federal agency officials to learn more about the U.S. as a business destination. Above, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (center) with members from the California delegation. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570

Chamber meets with China's Vice Minister of Commerce
Last month, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben met with China Vice Minister Wang Chao to talk about bilateral trade issues. The discussion focused on Chinese concerns over the U.S. government issuance of visas. Also at issue was a desire to have more transparent procedures in informing Chinese foreign investors that their requests or bids to acquire U.S. firms were denied, and the need for U.S. firms to register their trademarks in China sooner, rather than later. The Chamber, joined by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the Bay Area Council, pointed out the need to have better protection for intellectual property and trade secrets in China.
Chamber joins Mayor Garcetti in honoring Los Angeles Consular Corps
In October, the Chamber co-sponsored a reception at the Getty House to honor distinguished members of the Los Angeles Consular Corps. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti highlighted the presence of these diplomats in L.A., applauding them for their role and contribution in continuing to make L.A. a global city. "The work, activities and interaction of these diplomats in our community is an important bridge to their countries," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. This annual event was organized by the Los Angeles World Affairs Council with the participation of the Chamber and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Global Initiatives Council receives update on the City's International Trade Initiatives 
Last month, Stephen Cheung, director of International Trade for the Office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, provided an update on the mayor's plans for international trade, including goals and strategies, synergy of international trade between City Hall/Port/Airports and multiple upcoming trade missions.
"When international companies are located in L.A. it is very easy for them to find people who understand their culture," he said. Cheung also met with members of the Chamber's Trade Commissioner's Networking Group to discuss opportunities for collaboration. 
Chamber participates in the "2013 Bi-National Conference of the Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce"
Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama was the special guest speaker at the opening plenary at this conference. The conference aims to continue developing more trade and investment opportunities for Southern California and Philippine companies. Breakout sessions included tourism, health care, international finance, global trade via the Internet and legal issues in conducting business in the global market.
Chamber participates in 2013 CleanTech LA Global Showcase
Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama recently participated as a speaker in a session on exporting and importing for entrepreneurs. He outlined the Chamber's programs designed to create regional employment through exports. He discussed the role of the Los Angeles Export Regional Export Council (LARExC) in assisting regional manufactures and exporters. LARExC is a non-profit organization, housed at the Chamber.   
Upcoming Session
Thursday, Dec. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Trade Commissioner Networking Group (TCNG) participants are invited to join us for our annual Strategic Planning Session at Omni Los Angeles Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to set top program priorities for 2014, discuss ideal meeting dates and receive general feedback. Immediately following this session we invite you to stay for the Chamber's annual Holiday V.I.P. Reception from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez for further information. For TCNG members only.
The Trade Commissioner's Networking Group 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.


Port of Long Beach hosts 100 high school students
The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the Chamber's World Trade Week Education Committee, hosted high school students from Los Angeles Unified and Long Beach Unified school districts to discuss career opportunities in maritime trade. Port of Long Beach representatives and Toyota executives talked about how to select a career in this growing field and, education requirements and skills needed to succeed. Learn more
World Trade Week participates in International Trade Education Program's GPS Your Future
In October, World Trade Week (WTW) interns participated as exhibitors in a career discovery event hosted by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and California State University Dominguez Hills, for ITEP Academy students. The WTW Career Guide was distributed and interns discussed trade career paths with students. 
To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez213.580.7569.
The Chamber is proud to be a partner of California STEP. The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for
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