Inside Global Trade: Chamber Members Participate in Trade Mission to Mexico
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Chamber Members Participate in Trade Mission to Mexico

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to head commerce trip to Mexico
Los Angeles Daily News,
Feb. 19

Apply or nominate today - WTW awards and scholarships  
The Chamber and the WTW Committee are currently seeking nominations for a series of prestigious international trade awards including the esteemed Stanley T. Olafson Award. View award categories and submit nominations

The World Trade Week Education Committee is seeking applications for student scholarships that are available to high school and college students. Please encourage potential candidates in your network to take advantage of these scholarship opportunities. 

For more information contact Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7569.


Chamber members joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti for a trade mission to Mexico, from March 2-5. The trip was the first international trade mission of the mayor's administration. The delegation joined Mayor Garcetti in meetings with Mexican Cabinet officials and other senior government representatives. The high-level delegation of business executives in different industry sectors included representatives from Chamber member companies: California State University, Northridge; Falcon Waterfree Technology; The Home Depot; Los Angeles World Airport; Morgner Construction Management; NBCUniversal; Parsons Corporation; Port of Los Angeles; Siemens Corporation and Westfield Corporation, Inc. The Chamber, the Los Angeles Regional Export Council and Mercatura Global organized the delegation's agenda and other business meetings. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.


Global Initiatives Council receives Trans-Pacific Partnership update 

Last month, President and COO of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, James Fatheree briefed the Global Initiatives Council on the latest about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 21st century free trade agreement, and its importance for both the U.S and Japanese economies. The TPP, he said, will enhance intellectual property rights and protection while also benefiting the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as regional advanced technologies. The TPP, Fatheree said, places great emphasis on the Asian-Pacific because the dynamic region will increase market access for the 12 member countries, with Japan being the most recent addition. Also, the TPP establishes a new venue to include state-owned companies both in the negotiations and implementation of the agreement itself. The next round of negotiations will take place later this month, and Japanese inclusion and participation in the TPP negotiations is a game-changer. "The business community needs to be more vocal in seeking Congressional support for the trade promotion authority in the U.S. where we have about 30 million people working in international trade," Fatheree said. 
Chamber welcomes Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Jalil Abbas Jillani

In February, Ambassador Abbas Jillani met with Chamber executives and Chamber member companies from Beacon Management GroupLEDtronics, Inc. and Mercury Air Group, Inc. During his L.A. visit, he discussed various strategies to increase commercial and industrial ties between Pakistan and Southern California. The delegation included Dr. Muhammad Khalid Ejaz, Consul General in Los Angeles; Mr. Khurram Agha, Trade Minister and Eazaz Dar, Commercial Counselor.  

Chamber welcomes International Air Transportation Association

On Tuesday, the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) held its first U.S. IATA World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomed more than 1,000 industry executives from airlines, airports, freight forwarders, shippers, ground handlers and solution providers from all over the world. IATA is the global association of the world's airlines, whose 240 member airlines make up 84 percent of total air traffic. The City of Los Angeles, the Chamber and the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) partnered with IATA for the event.


 For more information contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.



Welcome to our newest Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) members: 
  • Consulate General of Ethiopia 
  • Consulate General of Paraguay
  • Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates

The Chamber established TCNG by providing the infrastructure and the venue needed where members could develop their own strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. Over the past three years, the membership of the group has grown from four initial members to nearly 30 countries. Learn more

Upcoming Session  
Thursday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m. 
 TCNG participants are invited to join us for the first quarterly session of the year as we embark on a private briefing and tour of the L.A. Cleantech Incubator (LACI) program. Executive Director Fred Walti will provide the group with an overview of LACI and the new innovations in the sustainable energy sector in Los Angeles. Register now by contacting Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7569. For TCNG members only. 

Global Initiatives Council Meeting, March 19 
Join the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, March 19 with Ambassador Vilma Martinez, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. Ambassador Martinez will talk about competitive forces shaping the global trade environment and how the Port of Los Angeles is working to grow both imports and exports. Register now or contact Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7569.  

World Trade Week keynote address
This year's breakfast program will feature a keynote address from Mattel, Inc. CEO and Director Bryan G. Stockton. He was named chairman of the Board on Jan. 1, 2013 and served as COO from January 2011 - December 2011. He also previously served as president and executive vice president for International and as executive vice president, Business Planning and Development. Stockton served as WTW Chair in 2003.
Corporate tables are now available. Invite your clients and prospects to join the WTW Kickoff Breakfast on May 2. This Chamber initiative is the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. Purchase your table or contact us for further information.
Have your company in front of hundreds during World Trade Week
WTW, an initiative of the Chamber, dedicates itself to educating the public on the positive aspects of international trade on the local and national economy. We encourage you to support this very special program - in its 88th year - by becoming a sponsor. As a sponsor, your company will have the unique opportunity to integrate its marketing and charitable goals by supporting international trade educational programs and scholarships, while gaining recognition throughout the year. Learn more

For more information contact Aaron Borboa, 213.580.7569.

Gov. Brown appoints former U.S. Ambassador as chair of International Trade and Investment Advisory Council

On Feb. 26, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed former U.S Ambassador to Hungary, Eleni Kounalakis, as chair of the newly established California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. The council will advise the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on strategies to expand international trade and investment for businesses in California. More specifically, the council will assist GO-Biz in the identification of foreign markets with the greatest potential for expansion, including the State's top trading partners: Canada, Mexico, China and emerging markets including Brazil and India. Read more.  
Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority to be renewed
The introduction of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act will renew the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and if approved, will allow Congress to create negotiating trade objectives and develop direct consultation between the executive branch, making international trade agreements easier and more efficient. The Trade Priorities Act would eliminate the barriers affiliated with foreign tariffs and encourage Americans to create goods and services abroad. "We look forward to working with the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill as well as the administration to secure TPA's renewal as soon as possible," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO, Thomas J. Donohue. The TPA would move trade negotiations forward and make it easier for Americans to develop and maintain a strong American presence in foreign countries, while creating new job opportunities in the U.S. Read more or TAKE ACTION.
Grow Your Business Through Exports, March 6 - July 24  

KORUS FTA: Two years and New Challenges, March 13


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