Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 2019

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LARExC organizes the 2019 China-California Business Forum
The Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) joined the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles, the China Chamber for Import & Export of Machinery & Electronic Products (CCCME) and the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) in organizing and sponsoring the 2019 China-California Business Forum. The annual event welcomed more than 500 business executives, including 160 Chinese business executives and trade officials. The forum provided the opportunity to network, conduct exports, imports and foreign investment transactions. The cleantech, advanced manufacturing, e-commerce and innovation cooperation panel discussions, along with the plenary sessions, were instrumental in developing business and investment opportunities between Chinese and regional business leaders. Keynote speakers included California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis and Weimin Ouyang, vice governor of Guangdong Province. LARExC is an initiative of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Chamber hosts Keidanren business delegation
Late last month, the Chamber hosted a luncheon for a delegation from Keidanren. Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas and Board Chair Jerry Neuman, DLA Piper LLP, participated in a successful conversation to strengthen our relationship and expand business opportunities. Yoshiharu Ueki, chairman of Japan Airlines, and Eiichi Yoshikawa, deputy president of MUFG Bank, Ltd., led the delegation. Keidanren is a Japanese business federation known as "the voice of big business" in Japan. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Alba Wheels Up International hosts World Trade Week Committee
Members of the Chamber's World Trade Week (WTW) Committee were hosted for a private luncheon by WTW Chair Vince Iacopella at The Proud Bird near LAX to recognize and celebrate their dedication and support of the initiative each year. SEE THE PHOTOS.

WTW focuses on educating elected officials, business leaders, teachers and students about the benefits of international business and global trade. World Trade Week supports college and high school scholarships and workshops, in addition to programs for civic leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy. LEARN MORE. If you are interested in participating on the plenary committee, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez.
Success in Today's Global Trade Landscape, June 18
Join the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council to hear from Ryan Patel, CNN contributor and senior fellow at the Drucker School of Management, as he sheds light on how businesses can not only sustain but thrive in a constantly changing and complicated global marketplace. During times of economic uncertainty, strong global business strategies to lower risk and mitigate the effects of regulatory changes resulting from unpredictable trade negotiations are more important than ever. In an era of unprecedented advances in technology, new market opportunities continue to arise as organizations gain the capability and know-how to leverage their positions and take advantage of new resources for innovative solutions. Despite the fluctuating political and economic climate, international trade volumes continue to expand as businesses prepare for the next wave of disruption while reaping the numerous benefits of global trade.

Ryan Patel, a global business executive, is widely regarded as a thought-leader in global business and an expert in scaling companies and brands. His deep knowledge in economies, innovation, strategy and consumer trends has made him an expert in growing publicly traded companies and startups, worldwide. He is a frequent CNN contributor and has been featured by CNN, BBC, Entrepreneur, WWD, Nasdaq and more. REGISTER NOW. FOLLOW THE CONVERSATION.
China Import Export Fair Briefing, Aug. 21
The Chamber, in partnership with China Foreign Trade Centre (Group), invites you to learn about the many opportunities available at the 2019 China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, in Guangzhou, China, taking place from Oct. 15 to Nov. 4, 2019. The fair is an opportunity for Southern California companies to source or exhibit products. All businesses are invited, in particular the beauty and cosmetics, fashion and design industries.

The 126th Canton Fair is China's premier trade event and is focused on the international market. It is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC and the People's Government of Guangdong Province, and is organized by the China Foreign Trade Centre. The fair will exhibit more than 150,000 categories of products, both from China and overseas, and approximately 24,000 enterprises will participate in each session held at the China Import and Export Fair Complex.

Local speakers will address effective approaches to product sourcing and/or attracting buyers and recent trade developments between Southern California and China. REGISTER NOW.
Upcoming: Southern California Bioscience Briefing, July 23
Members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group are invited to a private briefing on the Southern California bioscience sector on July 23, 9-11 a.m. In partnership with The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (L.A. BioMed), the session will include an expert overview of bioscience hubs in the region, growth prospects/trends and opportunities for international collaboration, as well as a panel discussion with executives from key pharma companies. The briefing will take place on the Grifols campus, a leading global health care company in L.A. RSVP.*
The Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group provides the infrastructure and venue where members of the consul corp. and trade offices can develop their own trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. To date, more than 40 countries are represented in the initiative.
Norman Arikawa receives 2019 Outstanding Citizen Diplomat Award
The Chamber congratulates Norman Arikawa, assistant director of trade development for The Port of Los Angeles, who was honored as the 2019 Outstanding Citizen Diplomat by the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) last week. Arikawa is responsible for trade development and port promotion, including coordinating visits for foreign officials. He has arranged discussions at the port for IVCLA's International Visitor Leadership Program participants on such topics as trade development, port security and environmental initiatives. Arikawa has traveled throughout Asia and extensively in Japan where he helped develop a port training program with Japanese ports.

He is currently a member of the board of the Los Angeles/Nagoya Sister City Affiliation. He has served on the boards of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, East/West Players and the Asian Drug Abuse Program. Through his work and volunteer spirit, Arikawa has impacted countless individuals locally and around the world. He is a valuable leader in the L.A. community and is being recognized for his civic leadership in building bridges and developing international understanding. READ MORE.


International Trade Outreach Meeting, June 25

The Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the U.S. Small Business Administration, is holding an international trade outreach meeting in L.A. on June 25 at 10 a.m. to hear from small businesses about their views on trade agreements in negotiations with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom and their experience doing business in these markets.

The Office of Advocacy is tasked with producing a report to Congress evaluating the small business economic impacts of trade agreements in negotiations, particularly in the services, manufacturing and agriculture sectors, as well as highlighting small business priorities, opportunities and challenges.

The meeting will be held at World Trade Center Los Angeles, located at 444 S. Flower St., 37th Floor (Citigroup building), Los Angeles, CA 90071. RSVP.

Chamber members receive tools to access global opportunities and strengthen their business.
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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