Feb. 9, 2011

Philippines Vice President Visits with Chamber Executives

Chamber Receives Global Trade Policy Outlook

Trade Commissioners Group Visits Boeing C-17 Facility

Chamber Co-hosts China Investment Promotion Agency Networking Reception

Editorial by Brian Peck, Co-Chair, International Policy, Chamber's Global Initiatives Council

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Grow Your Green Business!

Through our close partnership with TradeRoots and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to announce that we are participating with their newly awarded Department of Commerce Market Development Cooperator Program for 2011-2012. This agreement is designed to support President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative by helping small and medium sized companies grow their businesses through exports.  We are looking for green technology companies who would like to begin exporting, or expand their exports to Brazil.
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Investing in the export potential of your company could bring dramatic gains—95 percent of all consumers live outside our borders. To sign up or for more information, contact Kathleen McInerney, project director, Export Green, 202.463.5341.  







Third Annual The Americas Business Forum
The L.A. Area Chamber, in partnership with UCLA, the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to host The Americas Business Forum for the third year, one of the first programs in the Western United States to support the creation of jobs under President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Philippines Vice President visits with Chamber Executives
Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay met with the Chamber during his recent visit to Los Angeles. Vice President Binay led a trade delegation interested in expanding trade and investment with the United States. The delegation also met with executives representing the Port of Los Angeles, the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Southern California and local executives with economic and industrial presence in the Philippines.

Chamber receives Global Trade Policy Outlook
Congress will likely review the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement next month, with approval in July, projected Brian Peck, lecturer in Law for International Trade Policy, USC Gould School of Law, at the Chamber's first Global Initiatives Council meeting last week. Passage of the agreement would create more than 700,000 jobs and up to $2 billion in profits. With the recent U.S. visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao, Peck noted that the United States must "build a positive cooperative relationship, become more investment friendly and provide facilitation of Chinese investment into the United States." The Council also discussed the urgent need for a new regime and rules for U.S. Export Controls, as well as re-invigorated negotiations to complete new WTO Agreements for the liberalization of trade in goods, services and agriculture.

Please join us in welcoming our 2011 Global Initiatives Council Chair Alexander Kramer, VSI Venture Strategies Innovations. Read more from Kramer.

Trade Commissioner's Networking Group Visits Boeing C-17 Facilities in Long Beach
The Chamber facilitated a briefing and tour of the Boeing C-17 facilities last month as part of a yearly program designed to offer specialized briefings for dignitary members of the Trade Commissioners Networking Group. Members were briefed by Nigel Beresford and Al Baker, business development, global mobility, The Boeing Company, and received a private walking tour of the manufacturing facility – the third largest of its kind in the country.

Chamber co-hosts China's Investment Promotion Agency Networking Reception
The Chamber, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the Consulate General of the Republic of China, hosted nearly 160 individuals last week for the official trade delegation of China’s Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). Executives from state-owned and private enterprises sought business cooperation in biochemical technology, energy, food, construction and finance. Above from left, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben; Luomei Shu, commercial counselor, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China and Deputy Directory Zhang Yingxin, Investment Promotion Agency of Ministry of Commerce, P.R.C.

Momentum for Reform of U.S. Export Controls will continue in 2011- An Editorial by Brian Peck, Co-Chair, International Policy, Chamber's Global Initiatives Council
The Obama Administration launched an initiative to reform the antiquated U.S. export control system in 2009, and has recently taken steps to complete the second phase of the reform initiative in advance of beginning the work on the third and final phase of reforms during 2011.
Current U.S. export controls for a large number of items and technologies are governed by two separate control lists and are administered by three separate agencies – Defense, Commerce and Treasury. The current system has long been viewed as being overly complicated with too many redundancies and covering too many items which are readily available from third country sources, resulting in U.S. companies facing an unnecessary competitive disadvantage in overseas markets.
The primary objective of the Administration’s initiative is to create a single modernized control list, as well as a single licensing agency, information technology system and enforcement coordination agency in order to better protect national security given the changing global economic and technology situations, as well as strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. exporters. Read the full editorial

Learn more about the Chamber's Global Initiatives events or contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Global Initiatives Council Meeting, Feb. 16
Meet with Dr. John Husing, Vice President, Economics & Politics, Inc, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 9-10:30 a.m. As a leading authority of the goods movement industry, Husing will discuss the impact of the industry on the region. In August 2006, the L.A. Times Magazine named Husing as one of the 100 most powerful people shaping life in Southern California. He has spent decades studying the city and county economies of Southern California with a specialty on the Inland Empire. Register Now or Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Negotiating as Women: Turning Opportunities into Success Stories, Feb. 17
Where: Beverly Hills Porsche
Register: German American Business Association

The State of the Chinese Economy: Implications for China and the World, Feb. 25-26
Where:  Millenium Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles
Register: USC US China Institute

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Japanese Business Association of Southern CA (JBA) , March 3
Where:JW Marriott Hotel at LA LIVE, downtown Los Angeles
Register: Japan Business Association

AGRO BAJA, March 3-5
Where: Baja California, Mexico
Register: Agro Baja Foundation

2011 London International Financial Summit, March 10-11
Where: Marriott, Irvine
Register: London International Group or
Preston Chan, 949.936.2546

CIMA Businesss Matchmaking, March 15-16
Where: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Register: Jessica Naranjo, 04.2.287123, ext. 245

To submit an event, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.

AmCham ChileAmCham PeruCenters for International Trade Development
(CITD) • Consejo Empresarial Mexicano de Comercio Exterior Inversión y 
Tecnologia A.C. (COMCE) • High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain • 
Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & IndustryPort of Long BeachPort of Los Angeles • 
The ExportImport Bank of the United States • The Korea International Trade Association 

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