Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I August 2019
Message from Carlos J. Valderrama, President, Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment 

It has been my distinct privilege to serve as the Chamber's president of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment during these last 11 years.
I give my personal and professional gratitude to the regional Los Angeles international business community for its support, encouragement and participation in the many global trade and foreign investment events we participated in together.
Your unconditional support, guidance and annual participation at the America's Business Forum, World Trade Week, Latin American Business Conference, Global Initiatives Council seminars, international trade missions and exhibitions, country briefings and various other meetings with foreign counterparts have undoubtedly contributed to increasing regional export sales and international business transactions, and, therefore, creating local employment.
The participation and support of the California governor's office, City of Los Angeles mayor's office, Los Angeles World Airports, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the U.S. Small Business Administration and California STEP Grant programs were instrumental in encouraging regional manufacturers and exporters to participate more in foreign markets. Equally important was the counsel and support received from many professional organizations and educational institutions, primarily the Milken Institute, UCLA Anderson, USC Marshall School of Business and USC Gould School of Law.
Special recognition is given to the consul generals and trade commissioners representing their countries in the L.A. region. These diplomats are in fact the cultural, educational and business bridges we need to forge better and stronger relationships with nations around the globe.
While we have accomplished a great deal together, the Chamber is ready to embrace your continued commitment to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities we face in global markets.

Thank you again and best wishes,

 Carlos J. Valderrama
Chamber supports CA aerospace companies at industry expo in Colombia
Last month, the Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, funded the participation of five regional manufacturers through the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant at F-AIR Colombia, one of the leading aerospace and defense trade shows in Latin America. The show featured exhibitors from more than 220 countries and more than 3,500 attendees, creating new commercial and business opportunities for the participating California small- to medium-sized aerospace and defense companies. LEARN MORE about STEP and other trade programs eligible for support.
Chamber joins Alibaba.com for Build Up Los Angeles
Last month, the Chamber was proud to partner with Alibaba.com for their inaugural Build Up Los Angeles workshop. The event brought together business owners from across the region to learn about Alibaba's new platform, which aims to transform and reshape b2b global trade for U.S. SMEs. LEARN MORE about Alibaba's nationwide Build Up event series. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Chamber hosts Vietnamese Provincial Business Briefing
Last week, the Chamber, in partnership with the Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco, hosted an intimate business briefing with a visiting delegation of executives and government officials in charge of investment, planning, trade and industry development from the Quang Nam Province, home to eight industrial parks, 51 industrial clusters and the Chu Lai open economic zone. The Vietnamese province attracts investors from a number of countries and territories with more than 135 projects and a combined registered capital of more than $5.78 billion. The delegates provided an overview of opportunities in hi-tech agriculture, energy, automobile manufacturing/assembly and electronics. The newly appointed Consul General of Vietnam in San Francisco, H.E. Nguyen Trac Toan, provided welcome remarks. LEARN MORE. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Global Issues Affecting the Los Angeles Region, Aug. 20
Join the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council on Aug. 20, 9:30-11 a.m., as Dr. Chris Thornberg, founder of Beacon Economics, provides an in-depth overview of the effects of international business and trade dealings on the regional economy. Global trade agreements, commercial disputes, trade wars, adjustments in supply chain management, foreign policy, technology trends, logistical and transportation issues all have a direct impact on the regional economy and provide business executives with challenges and opportunities in foreign markets. Thornberg will comment on and discuss how the following topics affect the region's employment, economic adjustments and growth:
  • The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) approval process
  • The China-U.S. trade truce
  • The Huawei effect
  • Brexit
  • U.S.-EU trade talks
The session will also feature special remarks by Congressman Jimmy Gomez, California's 34th Congressional District. REGISTER NOW.
Shortly after the council meeting concludes, the Hong Kong Trade Development Center (HKTDC) will be hosting a Global Trade & Asia Market Update Networking Luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., featuring Ralph Chow, HKTDC regional director, Americas. REGISTER NOW.
China Import and 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.
Local speakers will address effective approaches to product sourcing and/or attracting buyers and recent trade developments between Southern California and China. REGISTER NOW.
The Canton Fair International Pavilion attracts about 20 national delegations each session from various countries such as Germany, Estonia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Egypt and India. World famous brands, including industry giant Honeywell and Caterpillar, are among those in attendance. CLICK HERE for the chance to exhibit and to find out more about this exciting opportunity.
Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group visits Grifols for Southern California bioscience sector briefing
Diplomat members received a briefing on the Southern California bioscience sector, organized in partnership with Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) and Chamber member Grifols, a leading global health care company. The greater L.A. area is home to 1,000 bioscience firms and employs 90,000 bioscience professionals. The session included expert overviews of bioscience hubs in the region by executives from key pharmaceutical companies, who also discussed growth prospects/trends and opportunities for international collaboration. Ahmed Enany, president of SoCalBio, noted, "Going global is not an option [for bioscience firms], it is a necessity even for emerging companies." SEE THE PHOTOS.
Southern California's Ontario International Airport earns recognition as favorite alternative airport
In announcing winners of its fifth annual Trazees Awards last month, the web publication Trazee Travel awarded Ontario International Airport "Favorite Alternative Aiport," based on a survey of its readers between December 2018 and March 2019. In addition to recognizing airports, Trazees are awarded to favorite air carriers, airport dining and retail concessions, frequent-flyer programs and hotels, among other air travel-related categories.

The award is the latest significant recognition for Ontario International -- the nation's fastest-growing airport and the No. 1 airport for outgoing cargo. Since its return to local control in late 2016, Ontario International Airport has re-emerged as a transportation hub and economic driver for one of the fastest-growing population centers in the U.S. READ MORE.
Port of Los Angeles issues request for proposal for new Cyber Resilience Center
Moving forward with its plans to create a first-of-its-kind Cyber Resilience Center, the Port of Los Angeles issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) last month, seeking companies or firms interested in designing, installing, operating and maintaining the planned center at the nation's busiest trade gateway.
The Cyber Resilience Center will serve as a focal point for cyber threat information-sharing across companies and stakeholders at the Port, helping to identify and prepare against cyber risks potentially impacting the cargo supply chain ecosystem. The idea for creation of the collaborative center was an outcome of a maritime industry working group meeting hosted by the Port earlier this spring. The full RFP can be downloaded HERE. Final proposals must be submitted by Sept. 4. For questions regarding the RFP, contact Tanisha Herr.
China International Import Expo (CIIE) exhibit opportunity, Aug. 30 deadline
The Bay Area Council will be hosting a large pavilion at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai from Nov. 5-10. The deadline for registering as an exhibitor is Aug. 30. The California Pavilion is for exclusive use by California-based companies wishing to display their goods and services at China's largest import expo. CIIE provides an excellent opportunity for your clients wishing to expand their business in China. Companies will gain quality exposure and introductions through the matchmaking service CIIE provides. Exhibitors can access the large database of businesses in China in advance of the event in order to arrange meetings or to open relationships. CIIE is under the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing.
CIIE was created by President Xi Jinping in 2018 to demonstrate China's buying power and need to purchase goods from around the world. In addition to the 400,000 Chinese buyers, there are more than 130 countries attending the event. Last year, the BAC/California booth was a beehive of activity, signing deals, media interviews and VIP visitors. VIEW exhibit pricing, or for more information, contact Del Christensen, 415.946.8738.

Business organizations unite for major push on USMCA

More than 600 organizations throughout the country, including the L.A. Area Chamber, submitted a coalition letter to Congress urging support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) when legislators return from summer recess. Four billion dollars a day of trade are done between the U.S. and our North American neighbors, impacting more than 12 million jobs. READ the letter.
2019 K-CON Biz Matching Meeting & Showcase

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) invites L.A. companies to the K-CON Biz Matching Meeting & Showcase on Aug. 16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.
This event will provide U.S. companies the opportunity to meet with 40 Korean companies to showcase exports, technology cooperation and other partnership opportunities. The event will offer those in attendance information on the latest Korean products and services through pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings.
To register or for more information, please contact taek1@kotrala.com.
Think Asia, Think Hong Kong Conference, Sept. 20

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will lead a business delegation comprising more than 100 CEOs, investors, innovators, designers and startups together with trade and investment institutions to L.A. this fall. In celebration of the visiting delegation, HKTDC will host a full-day symposium at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on Sept. 20. Chamber members are invited to REGISTER NOW for complimentary admission.
Set to be this year's largest conference on Asia in L.A., the event is expected to draw more than 2,000 attendees and the full-day program will examine the trends of Asia's new economy, innovation and creativity, consumption and digital entertainment, health care opportunities and IP protection. A complimentary networking luncheon and free consultation on cross-border professional services will be available. HKTDC will arrange customized business matching for U.S. companies interested in fintech, food and foodtech export partnership, Asia expansion, startup collaboration, design and innovation and more. LEARN MORE.
Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles

Interested in what's happening with global affairs on the West Coast? Check out the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and watch their new video to learn more.

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