Inside Global Trade: Chamber Participates in Mayor's Trade Mission

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Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China approves Global Purchasing Season
Global Purchasing Season (GPS) is launched by China Association of International Trade along with major cities, trade associations and overseas commercial offices in China. GPS, which is held in the spring and autumn, aims to:
  • expand imports
  • promote consumption
  • meet domestic consumers' demand for imported daily necessities
  • build up overall and multi-level service platforms for import of global consumables into Chinese markets
  • create opportunity for domestic dealers
  • propel a connection between commodity import to and circulation in domestic markets.
GPS Spring lasts for six months from Oct. 30, 2012 to April 30, 2013. Learn more or contact  Guanbin Zhang, 213.807.8026. 
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa details South American trade trip successes
Mercury News, Dec. 7
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Villaraigosa planning 9-day trade mission to South America
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 9
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Los Angeles Regional Export Council trade mission to South America
San Diego Source: The Daily Transcript, Nov. 14
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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.
 Chamber participates in trade mission to Latin America
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led a trade delegation to Chile, Brazil and Colombia in late November. The Chamber joined the delegation of local and national business leaders, along with executives from the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. The objective of this visit was to promote local exports and attract foreign investment to Los Angeles. The Chamber participated as a team member in the planning, development and execution of  the trade mission. From left to right: Alejandro D. Wolff, U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, Mayor Villaraigosa. Contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570. 
Mayor Villaraigosa announces expanded economic relationship with South American markets

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently announced new partnerships in South America that will increase exports of L.A.-based innovations and bring investment into L.A. The new partnerships are a result of the mayor's recent trade mission to Chile, Brazil and Colombia where he led a delegation of local business leaders and officials from the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention BoardWith the assistance of a grant from the California State Trade and Export Promotion program, the Los Angeles Regional Export Council organized matchmaking meetings for Los Angeles-based companies with potential South American customers.

Chamber hears from Macedonia Prime Minister

The Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Chamber and the World Affairs Council, hosted a luncheon with Macedonia Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, at left, in late November. Prime Minister Gruevski shared the current state of Macedonia, emphasizing the country's growing economy, good infrastructure, and competitive English-speaking workforce. 

Chamber receives 2013 global economic outlook

At the last Global Initiatives Council meeting of the year, Deloitte LLP Director of Global Economics Dr. Ira Kalish presented his 2013 global economic outlook. He discussed the recession in Europe and the state of U.S. consumer confidence and the impending fiscal cliff. "The fact that the U.S. has not gone into recession despite the situation in Europe is actually a sign that our economy is fairly resilient and is growing," Kalish said. He emphasized the need for trained workers, saying that in the past 30 years we have seen exponential growth in people entering college, but not an increase in the number of people graduating from college. "We need to invest in human capital," he said. From left to right: Kalish; Norman Arikawa, Port of Los Angeles; and Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.
Chamber represented in trade mission to Nagoya, Japan 

The Chamber and the Port of Los Angeles recently organized a trade mission to attend the Messe, Nagoya Trade Fair held in Nagoya, Japan. This was the first export trade mission to the Messe Nagoya trade conference. Three California companies participated in the trade mission including Fuel Technologies International, LLC; Phyco2, LLC and Harbrin Energy, Inc. The delegation met representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the director of the Nagoya American Center Stephen Wheeler. The group also attended a reception hosted by the Nagoya Chamber with the chair of the Nagoya Chamber and other senior officials. From left to right: Gregory Hagopian, Fuel Technologies International, LLC; Karl Seitz, Phyco2, LLC; Norman Arikawa, Port of Los Angeles; Kevin Harnsberry , Harbrin Energy, Inc.; Hiroshi Noda, Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Cloyce Henry, Harbrin Energy, Inc. Contact Norman Arikawa, 310.732.3838.

Welcome to our 2013 Global Initiatives Council Chair 

We are pleased to announce that Francisco Uribe, The Home Depot, Inc. , at left, will serve as chair of the council. Uribe is responsible for directing, controlling, planning and the overall management of all state government and international relations for The Home Depot. The Global Initiatives Council works to create employment opportunities throughout Southern California by increasing exports, imports and foreign investment for companies of all sizes, and for the communities in which they conduct business. Thank you to our 2012 Global Initiatives Council Chair Maria Contreras-Sweet, PROAMERICA BANK, for her support and leadership this year. Learn more about the Council.
World Trade Week 2013 sponsorship opportunities available

WTW Next year World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, will be celebrating its 87th anniversary. The most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country, WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the positive aspects of international trade on the local and national economy through educational programs and events. We encourage you to support this very special program by becoming a sponsor of World Trade Week 2013, scheduled for the first week of May 2013. 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 or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 

Trade Commissioners Networking Group has private briefing with the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade




Leadership Announcement:

It is our pleasure to announce Mike Rosenfeld, vice consul of British Consulate General/UK Trade & Investment, at left, as the 2013 TCNG chair. Rosenfeld has been with the British Consulate General since 2003.    

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. 

Our TCNG members are welcome to join us on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. for a strategic round table discussion to identify goals and objectives for 2013. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 11.

Sri Lanka Footwear & Leather Fair, Jan. 8-10

Hong Kong World Boutique 2013, Jan. 14-17


Winter Fancy Food Show, Jan. 20-22

ANTAD Expo, March 13-15

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
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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