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  Oct. 13, 2010
  Chamber Welcomes President of the Republic of Chile and Chilean Trade Delegation

California -South Korea: Globalizing Trade & Investment

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CHAMBER WELCOMES PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHILE AND CHILEAN TRADE DELEGATION. In his first presidential visit to Los Angeles, President of the Republic of Chile Sebastian Piñera E. joined the L.A. Area Chamber, various trade representatives and hundreds of local business leaders for a roundtable discussion about trade opportunities between California and Chile. President Piñera — joined by key trade representatives from Chile including Minister of Agriculture Jose Antonio Galilea, Minister of Economy Juan Andres Fontaine and Minister of Culture Luciano Cruz Coke — highlighted Chile's recent economic strides and openness to global trade. After his remarks, business leaders had a chance to meet with trade representatives from Chile during breakout sessions that focused on agribusiness partnerships, innovation and building bridges between Chile and Hollywood. President Piñera used the event as a platform to officially launch the Chile-California Council, which will promote, support and provide guidance to public and private Chilean initiatives to be developed in California. L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos Valderrama was appointed to the council. Above, Chamber First Vice Chair Joseph Czyzyk of Mercury Air Group, Inc. presents President Piñera with a basket of Chilean fruit. View full press release; Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.
California-South Korea: Globalizing Trade & Investment
Nearly 40 business executives representing more than 20 California companies, including representatives from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach joined the L.A. Area Chamber and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on a three-day trade mission to South Korea to promote trade and investment, market California agriculture, encourage tourism and discuss high speed rail.
Mission highlights:
Gov. Schwarzenegger met with Hanjin International Corporation and Korean Air, working with California’s AC Martin Partners and Thomas Property Group, Inc., to announce investment in California in the form of the redevelopment of the Wilshire Hotel and Center.  This project will result in $1 billion direct investment in Los Angeles, and will create 7,000 construction jobs and another 5,000 construction-related jobs for the City. Projections indicate that more than 4,000 permanent, onsite jobs will be created.  It is estimated that $20 million in annual tax revenue to the City of L.A. will be generated.  “There are new jobs, today, here in Los Angeles which are a direct result of the Governor’s enthusiastic visit to Korea; these jobs did not exist two weeks ago. These new jobs are in the development, architecture, engineering and construction fields, which have been so heavily impacted by this devastating recession. These new jobs are the precursors to the major investment in new buildings to come,“ said AC Martin Partners CEO Chris Martin.  Read full commentary.
The L.A. Area Chamber leveraged the Asia trade mission to bolster trade opportunities for California by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Korea International Trade Association (KITA) to promote trade and investment between the two regions. As part of the agreement, the L.A. Area Chamber and KITA will encourage, promote and organize trade missions, matchmaking, and networking opportunities for businesses based in Los Angeles and Seoul. “This MOU serves to promote trade between the L.A. region and Seoul,” said L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives, Carlos Valderrama.  “In order to create jobs and improve our economy in Los Angeles, we must embrace all international trade opportunities such as this one.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other officials from California were on hand to witness the signing of the MOU. This partnership with KITA serves as another important addition to the Chamber's strategic alliances, which also include the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, AmCham Peru, the High Council of Chambers of Commerce of Spain, KITA U.S. and the Consejo Empresarial Mexicano.
Invest in California Business Briefing
Korean executives representing various industry and technology sectors expressed their interest in California businesses at the Investment Opportunities in California seminar. View presentations and photo gallery.
VIP Reception with U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stevens
Delegates had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stevens during a private reception at her residence, including executives of Fortune 500’s of Korea, high level government officials, and military leadership. View photo gallery.
Gov. Schwarzenegger urges Congress to ratify Free Trade Agreement
Participants joined Gov. Schwarzenegger as he addressed members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, South Korea, where he urged U.S. Congress to ratify the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Learn more about the Chamber's Global Initiatives events or contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Mexico: An Economic and Political Update, Oct. 19
Join the L.A. Area Chamber on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8-10:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel for a special briefing with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual during his first official visit to Los Angeles. Ambassador Pascual has had a 23-year career in the United States Department of State, National Security Council and the United States Agency for International Development. He served as coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the U.S. Department of State, where he led and organized U.S. government planning to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife. $45 for Chamber members; $60 for non-members.  Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.

Global Initiatives Council Meeting, Nov. 17
Join the Chamber’s for the last Global Initiatives Council meeting of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 9-10:30 a.m., to hear from Dr. Ira Kalish, director of global economics at Deloitte Research, as he examines the global economic environment and offers his view on what to expect in 2011 and beyond.  Kalish will explain why a double dip is not in the cards for the US, why the euro will survive, and why the big emerging markets will play the primary role in fueling a global recovery.  Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569


Singapore: Gateway to Asia, Oct. 20
Where: L.A. Area Chamber, downtown Los Angeles
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The World Bank Group & the African Union: 1st Annual Pan African Global Trade Conference, Oct 20-21
Where: California State College Dominguez Hills
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US-Russia Business Coucil 18th Annual Meeting, "From Silicon Valley to Skolkovo: Forging Innovation Partnerships," Oct 20-21
Where: The Fairmont Hotel and The Ferry Building, San Francisco
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ITAR Export Compliance Training, Oct. 21
El Camino College CITDBusiness Training Center,Hawthorne
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Japan Business Seminar:  Business Opportunties in the Medical Device Sector, Oct. 26
Where: UCI University Club, Irvine

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Fourth Annual Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), Nov. 14-16
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Register now, email or call 1-404-446-4174.

To submit an event, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or
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 & Industry • Port of Los Angeles • The Export 
Import Bank of the United States • The Korea International Trade Association 

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