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The Chamber was recognized last week at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2011 Convention for being one of the first chambers of commerce in the country to use eCertify and for processing one of the largest quantities of Certificates of Origin online in the country. The Chamber is proud to offer eCertify technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. With eCertify, exporters and freight forwarders have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Get started today.

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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.


White House Honors Los Angeles Chamber for Efforts to Boost Exports
Daily Breeze, May 17
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Sri Lanka showcased to 5000+ biz in LA
Lanka Business Today, May 15
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In May at an awards ceremony at the White House, the Chamber received the President's "E Star" Award for Export Service in recognition of the Chamber's continued achievement in making significant contributions to the increase of U.S. exports. "This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, above at the ceremony today. "It is organizations like the L.A. Area Chamber that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work." Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570. Above from left, Secretary Bryson, Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama and Rep. Janice Hahn. Photo by: RDavid Original Photography.

Chamber signs Memorandum of Understanding with KOTRA
In early May, the Chamber further expanded trade opportunities for local businesses by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) based in Seoul, Korea to bolster trade and investment between the two regions. As part of the agreement, the Chamber and KOTRA will encourage, promote and organize trade missions, matchmaking and networking opportunities between businesses based in Los Angeles and Korea. "In order to create jobs and improve our economy in Los Angeles, we must continue to look for and embrace international trade opportunities such as this one," said Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama.

Ambassador of Argentina to the U.S. discusses trade relations
In late May, Ambassador of Argentina to the U.S. Jorge Arguello discussed the future of diplomatic and bilateral trade relations between the United States and Argentina. Bilateral trade between the two countries has more than doubled in recent years. The United States is the second largest investor in Argentina, and the country receives the fourth largest amount of direct U.S. investments in Latin America, behind Brazil, Mexico and Chile.

Chamber meets with U.S. Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank
Last month, U.S. Executive Director Gustavo Arnavat, who is appointed by President Barack Obama, discussed his role on the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which is responsible for day-to-day-oversight of the IDB's management, credit decisions and operations, including the approval of all loans, grants and technical assistance programs, as well as bank policies. IDB is the largest source of multilateral funding in Latin America and the Caribbean. Arnavat noted the importance of trade with Latin America pointing out that 46 percent of U.S. exports go to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Welcome to the Consulate General of Pakistan Trade Division, our newest Trade Commissioners Networking Group member.

EXPO PAKISTAN in Karachi, Oct. 4-7
Every year, the trade development authority of Pakistan organizes an international trade show 'Expo Pakistan,' the biggest one-stop sourcing event of quality products in Pakistan. Join the U.S. delegation of businessmen/buyers to visit this event as the guest of the Government of Pakistan. Airfare and deluxe hotel accommodation with security will be provided to qualified buyers of the delegation for the duration of the event. The Consulate General will be happy to assist you in making your travel arrangements and business meetings at the venue as part of the delegation. Contact Eazaz A. Dar, 310.474.6861.

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

Improving cross-border business travel
Joint consultations were launched on May 14 between Canada and the United States on how to improve cross-border business travel. These consultations are part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan announced by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Dec. 2011. Businesses, associations and individuals are encouraged to provide input as these consultations are a unique opportunity to voice your concerns, challenges and ideas for solutions for improving cross-border business travel between Canada and the United States. The consultations are open until Friday, June 15. This is the first opportunity to have an independent third party collect and summarize the issues being faced at the border. Submit comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Canada's Citizenship & Immigration. Read more.

Hemispheric Implications: Mexico and Venezuela 2012 Presidential Elections, June 20
Join the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, June 20, 9-10:30 a.m. for a look at the political and economic impact of the upcoming elections in the Americas. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, senior counselor of The Cohen Group, will discuss the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in Mexico and possible scenarios for Venezuela with or without President Hugo Chavez. Over the course of a 34-year career in the Foreign Service, Davidow became one of America's most senior and well-respected diplomats. He has extensive experience in both Latin America and Africa, having served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela and Zambia. He also headed the U.S. State Department's efforts in Latin America, serving as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. 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.

Connecting Women to Power, June 14

Legal Challenges & Opportunities of Mexico's Increasing Global Integration, June 14-16

VITA Networking Breakfast: How to Access Government Trade Finance Programs, June 20

India Trade Conference, June 28

Korean-Latino Partnership 2012, June 29

Ivory Coast Exhibition, July 6

BAFT-IFSA Letters of Credit Workshop, July 12-13

Access China 2012, Sept. 5-13

2012 Shanghai International Technology Fair, Sept. 20-22

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.

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