Inside Global Trade: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, L.A. Mayor Garcetti and ESRI's Jack Dangermond help kickoff World Trade Week 2017

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I May 2017

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, L.A. Mayor Garcetti and ESRI's Jack Dangermond help kickoff World Trade Week 2017toparticlewtw
Last Thursday, more than 900 regional business executives, civic leaders and members of the diplomatic corps celebrated the 91st Annual World Trade Week (WTW) in downtown Los Angeles. The presence and participation of leaders like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and ESRI President Jack Dangermond enhanced the WTW celebration in L.A., which is the largest in the U.S.

Prime Minister Blair's presentation included topics such as Brexit, and U.K. relations with the European Union and the U.S. He also discussed his interest in bringing together the best ideas in both public and private policy spheres to provide answers to some of today's major global challenges. The audience also heard from Jack Dangermond, co-founder of the world's leading company in geographic information systems, ESRI, who shared insights on how technology trends are changing government, business and society. Amb. Vilma Martinez, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, received the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award. Mayor Garcetti gave the welcoming remarks and emphasized the need to create regional employment through exports.

The Chamber's annual Kickoff Breakfast jump starts more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations celebrating world trade in Southern California.
Chamber participates in Chile-California Business Council Annual Retreat
The Chamber has participated on the Chile-California Business Council (CCBC) since its inception in 2008. The CCBC was created as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Chile and California, signed by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Members of the CCBC, Chilean and Californian diplomats and business executives, have the mission of strengthening business, educational relations and cultural relations in both private and public sectors. U.S. Ambassador to Chile Carol Perez and Chilean Ambassador to the U.S. Juan Gabriel Valdes attended the annual retreat as members of the Council and as speakers.
Brazilian Ambassador visits the Chamber
Last week, Amb. Sergio Silva do Amaral, Brazilian ambassador to the U.S., discussed the importance of increasing the current commercial relationship between Brazil and the L.A. region with Chamber Board members and business leaders. Brazil is the world's ninth largest economy, and it is the L.A. region's 29th largest trading partner. This bilateral trade of exports and imports reached approximately $1.5 billion in 2016. The consensus of the meeting was that the overall commercial exchange should be larger for the mutual benefit of Brazil and L.A. given the growth and dynamism of both economies. The Chamber continues to serve as an important link between Brazil and L.A., but also with Latin America. SEE THE PHOTOS.
LARExC and GO-Biz welcomes a Chinese trade delegation
The Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), in conjunction with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic development (GO-Biz), the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), hosted a trade delegation of over 80 Chinese business executives and government officials in charge of trade and investment early this week. LARExC invited representatives of the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and Ventura counties to present trade and investment opportunities in each of their counties, and to discuss ways to enhance commercial exchanges with Chinese government and private sector leaders. This delegation included executives from companies in clean-tech, e-commerce, infrastructure, agriculture and other sectors. This event was organized under the auspices of the California-China Trade and Investment MOU and the China Provinces-California Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment Cooperation. LARExC is the secretariat of the MOU in Southern California. LARExC is an initiative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Private Tournament of Roses Briefing, June 29
Members of the Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group are invited to join executive leadership of the Tournament of Roses on June 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, for a private briefing at the Tournament House in Pasadena to discuss opportunities for collaboration and international participation. The session will include a look at the history of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade and a sneak peek into highlights of the 129th annual parade, "Making a Difference."

For Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group members only.
The Future of U.S. European Trade,
May 16
Join the L.A. Area Chamber, in partnership with DWF, on May 16 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Chamber to examine if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is still a valid option to pursue. The bilateral trade between the L.A. region and Europe is around $40 billion. The program will also provide an update on the local impact of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. REGISTER NOW or contact Carlos Valderrama.
Former World Trade Week Chair appointed as Port of Long Beach Executive Director
International maritime industry leader Mario Cordero was named as executive director of the Port of Long Beach last month. Cordero is a recipient of the Chamber's Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award and served as chair of World Trade Week in 2010. He has served on the Federal Maritime Commission since 2011 and just completed a four-year term as chairman. He previously served nearly a decade as a Long Beach Harbor commissioner and was president from 2007 to 2008. The Chamber's current and former members play an integral role in the regional international business community. SEE THE RELEASE.
Port's March volumes up 29 percent with 10 percent gains in the first quarter
March cargo volumes jumped 29 percent at the Port of Los Angeles compared to the previous year. The robust numbers came through a combination of strong export volumes (up 20 percent), a post Lunar New Year surge of cargo from Asia, and U.S. retailers shipping merchandise ahead of the new vessel alliance deployments that began this month. For the first quarter of 2017, cargo has increased 10 percent compared to 2016. READ MORE.
Russell Hanlin Sr.
The Chamber is deeply saddened to share that Russell Hanlin Sr., former president and CEO of Sunkist Growers passed last month. Hanlin served on the L.A. Area Board of Directors and received the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award in 1993. Hanlin was a true leader in global trade during his career, appointed to four Presidential Commissions by three U.S. presidents for his rich experience in that sector. His commitment to global trade has also been honored abroad. Hanlin was inducted into The World Trade Hall of Fame for his work in opening overseas markets to American products and received the Maple Leaf Award for promoting trade and understanding between the United States and Canada. He also served as chairman of the Los Angeles Vancouver Sister City Committee.

Hanlin leaves behind his wife, Norma, who lives in Pasadena, CA, and an extended family of three adult children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We extend our sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Hanlin family. A memorial celebrating Russ Hanlin's life will be scheduled for a later date to be announced.

Every year the World Trade Week Events Calendar is populated with over 30 trade-related events taking place throughout the month of May. To view a full listing of May events, visit the International Trade Calendar.

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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 small businesses.

The STEP program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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