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Trade news from around the world

Twice 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.



In late June, the Chamber organized and participated in the California Pavilion at the Expo-Hospital 2012 in Santiago, Chile. Six small/medium sized California firms participated in the event, exhibiting medical equipment, devices, instruments and supplies. Each company also participated in one-on-one meetings with potential Chilean representatives and distributors. The event featured 174 companies from around the world, with more than 3,000 registered visitors. The event was made possible thanks to the U.S. Small Business Administration's State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant through the California STEP Grant Initiative. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Chamber's annual forum results in record export numbers
Approximately $12 million of new exports were generated by companies that attended The Americas Business Forum in 2011, based on numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Western hemisphere is the destination for about 42 percent of U.S. exports, more than any other region across the globe. Since 2009, U.S. goods exports to the Western hemisphere increased by more than $200 billion, or 46 percent, to nearly $650 billion, supporting nearly 4 million U.S. jobs in 2011. Join the Chamber Sept. 12-13 at the University of California, Los Angeles Covel Commons for the Fourth Annual The Americas Business Forum to explore business with Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and other growing Latin American markets without leaving California. This two-day conference consists of country briefings and professional workshops on export financing, intellectual property, logistics and more. Register now.

Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow provides update on upcoming elections in Latin America
In late June, Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, The Cohen Group, updated members of the Global Initiatives Council on the hemispheric implications of the upcoming Mexico and Venezuela 2012 presidential elections. Davidow's projections for Mexico were encouraging, stating that "much of Latin America came out of the recession much better than the United States due to its strict fiscal policies" and that the growing middle class in Mexico is a sign of a positive shift in the country.

President of the Republic of Congo visits Chamber
"Following the recommendation of the Chamber my government is going to evaluate the possibility of having a Consulate General in Los Angeles," said President Denis Sassou Nguesso last month at the Chamber. President Nguesso met with Chamber executives to discuss the bilateral trade opportunities that exist between the United States and Congo.

Welcome to Sachiko Yoshimura, the new chief executive director of JETRO Los Angeles
The Chamber welcomes Sachiko Yoshimura to Los Angeles and the Trade Commissioner's Networking Group. Yoshimura joined JETRO in April 1988 and has worked in departments overseeing international trade fairs, and overseas research and economic analysis supporting Japanese companies, especially small and median companies, to expand their business overseas. Most recently she served as director of the Intellectual Property division, helping Japanese companies protect their intellectual properties abroad.

Congratulations and farewell to Wok Sok Yun, director of KOTRA-Korea Business Center, Los Angeles

The Chamber congratulates Director Won Sok Yun on his recent promotion to work directly with the president of KOTRA in Seoul, South Korea starting in August. Yun has been instrumental in strengthening trade ties between the Southern California region and South Korea, particularly his efforts that contributed to the successful passage and implementation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

TCNG 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. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569

Canada invited as New Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Partner
President Barack Obama announced last month that the United States and the eight other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement have extended an invitation to Canada to join the TPP negotiations, pending successful conclusion of domestic procedures. In addition to the United States, the current TPP countries include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. "Inviting Canada to join the TPP negotiations presents a unique opportunity for the United States to build upon this already dynamic trading relationship. Through TPP, we are bringing the relationship with our largest trading partner into the 21st century," said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Mexico was also invited to join the TPP negotiations. TPP countries have completed 12 rounds of negotiations and the nine countries have made solid progress. The next round of negotiations will place July 2-10 in San Diego. Read more.
The United States, Japan, and Free Trade: Moving in the Same Direction? July 18
Join the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, July 18, 9-10:30 a.m. as RAND Corporation researchers Julia Lowell and Rachel Swanger explore the prospects of Japan and the United States finding common ground and cooperating on global trade, and whether including Japan in a Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiating a U.S.-Japan free trade agreement or reigniting the Doha round of debates would be the best way moving forward. Register now.

Trade Mission: Messe Nagoya 2012, Nov. 7-10
The Chamber and the Port of Los Angeles are joining efforts in the recruitment of regional companies to participate in the Messe Nagoya Trade Show 2012. Nagoya is the center of the Chubu region, often called "Japan's Industrial Heartland," due to its industrial volume supported by the world's finest technologies. Greater Nagoya accounts for 2 percent of the world's total manufactured goods and Nagoya's GDP accounts for 1.3 percent of the world GDP. The Nagoya region has a special significance for the City of Los Angeles. Nagoya was the first Sister City of Los Angeles and this relationship was established in 1959. In addition to this senior status, Los Angeles has a sister port relationship with the Port of Nagoya and the Chamber has a similar relationship with the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To participate in the trade show, contact Norman Arikawa, 310.732.3838.

A Taste of Wine, July 12

BAFT-IFSA West Coast Letters of Credit Workshop Series, July 12-13

FOCUS on the Middle Market Executive Conference: Los Angeles, Aug. 14

California Cleantech Trade Mission to China, Aug. 20-Sept. 2

Access China 2012, Sept. 5-13

2012 Shanghai International Technology Fair, Sept. 20-22

Eco Expo Asia 2012, Oct. 27-30

Multi-Sector Trade Mission to South Africa & Zambia, Nov. 26-30

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.

AmCham Chile
AmCham Peru
Centers for International Trade Development (CITD)
Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior
Inversion y Tecnologia A.C. (COMCE)

High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain
Korean Importers Association (KOIMA)
Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) Los Angeles World Airports
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Port of Long Beach
Port of Los Angeles
The Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Korea International Trade Association (KITA)

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 organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.