Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I October 2017
Chamber welcomes Berlin Mayor and Chamber of Commerce to L.A.top
Last week, the Chamber hosted a delegation of business and political leaders from Sister City Berlin, including the Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller and German Consul General to L.A. Hans Joerg Neumann. The delegation received an economic overview of L.A.'s six mega-regions from Beacon Economics Founding Partner Chris Thornberg. The group also took part in a private studio tour as guests of Chamber Board Chair and SVP of Legal and Government Affairs at NBCUniversal, Steve Nissen. The trip celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City relationship. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Chamber hosts Export Documentation Briefing

The L.A. Area Chamber, in partnership with the District Export Council of Southern California (DECSC) and Global Registrations Inc., was joined by local exporters and manufacturers to receive key updates and information on export documentation solutions from industry experts. Speakers included Vincent Iacopella, Alba Wheels Up, David Habib, DECSC, and Don Kurtz, City National Bank. The Chamber makes it quick, affordable and easy to meet export documentation needs, offering both Certificates of Origin and Certificates of Free Sale. The program allows local exporters to comply with regulations, meet world standards, and get stamped, signed and certified fast. LEARN MORE.
Chamber's World Trade Week Committee kicks off planning for 2018 event
The World Trade Week (WTW) program kicked off its plenary meetings last week under the leadership of 2018 Committee Chair Otis Cliatt II, president of Pacific Harbor Line. The 92nd Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast will be held Friday, May 4, 2018, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. If you interested in participating on the committee, contact program director Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez.
Be a part of the largest celebration of trade in the nation
If your company is a key player in the global trade arena, don't miss this opportunity to participate and gain visibility in front of nearly 1,000 members of the Southern California trade industry! WTW is dedicated to educating the public about the positive impacts of international trade on the local and national economies. BECOME A SPONSOR!
World Trade Week business awards and scholarship nominations open
The L.A. Area Chamber and the World Trade Week Committee (WTW) are currently seeking nominations for a series of prestigious international trade awards that will be presented at the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 4. Categories include Export Achievement, Foreign Direct Investment and the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award. LEARN MORE.
The WTW Education Committee is seeking applicants 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. LEARN MORE.
Los Angeles: A Global City, Oct. 18
Join the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9-10:30 a.m., to meet Amb. Nina Hachigian, newly appointed Deputy Mayor of International Affairs from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Amb. Hachigian will facilitate an open discussion to solicit ideas from participants about priorities for future work of this new Mayor's Office. Prior to her appointment, Amb. Hachigian served as the second U.S. ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 2014 to 2017. RSVP NOW.

Member Announcement: Investment Environment in Turkey
Turkey is a dynamic and growing G20 economy.With its young and dynamic population, trained workforce, increasing employment rate, growing middle-class with high purchasing power, and unique geographical location, Turkey stands as the fastest growing Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country. It has grown 5.6 percent on average between the years 2003 and 2016, and was the 13th largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity at year-end 2016.
Turkey's strategic location provides easy access to European, Middle Eastern, North African, Central Asian and Gulf markets, which have a combined population of more than 1.6 billion and a GDP of over $28 trillion with just a four hour flight distance. In June 2017, the number of foreign capital companies operating in Turkey reached 55,000, and foreign direct investment poured into the country exceeded $185 billion. Turkey provides lucrative opportunities to international investors and supports their growth with its investor-friendly business environment. LEARN MORE.
Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation honored for innovative digital shipping solution
The Port of Los Angeles has won two technology awards for its Port Information Portal Project, a first-of-its-kind digital solution being undertaken in partnership with GE Transportation to help improve goods movement and cargo efficiency at the Port. The initiative started as a pilot last November and will be expanded to all container terminals and shipping lines at the Port in the coming months. READ MORE.

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