March 10, 2010

A Look at the Second Annual The Americas Business Forum

Chamber receives Global Policy Update from RAND Corporation

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SECOND ANNUAL THE AMERICAS BUSINESS FORUM. More than 200 participants attended the forum, in partnership with UCLA, the City of Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Under the leadership of the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and UCLA, the conference was once again held in the Los Angeles region. The event, which was inaugurated by Mayor Villaraigosa, is one of the first programs in California to support President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative. Above, Mayor Villaraigosa with Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis Hightower. (Photo by ImageActive) Read more about the event below.


Creating jobs at home through exports
"Increasing the export of American products and services to global markets can help revive the fortunes of U.S. companies, spur future economic growth and create jobs here at home," said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis F. Hightower, above, at the Second Annual The Americas Business Forum at UCLA on March 3. "The Americas Business Forum serves as a critical tool in helping small and medium-sized businesses in Southern California to market opportunities around the Western Hemisphere."

Fourteen senior commercial officers stationed in countries including Brazil, Peru, Argetina and Canada traveled to Los Angeles to share the latest market opportunities in their respective countries with U.S. companies. The group had the opportunity to meet privately with Secretary Hightower, left. Roughly 320 one-on-one business meetings were scheduled on the second day of the conference with the Senior Commercial Officers.

The Americas Business Forum is a critical component in the Chamber's overall goal to increase exports of local manufacturing companies, and create jobs in our region. Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners for making this two-day event a success. Click here to view presentations and photo gallery.

Chamber receives global policy update from Rand Corporation
Ambassador Charles Ries, senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, addressed the Global Initiatives Council in February on trade agreements and highlighted past U.S. Free Trade Agreement achievements as he shared his views on a proposed Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). "The Chamber and Los Angeles understand international economics and trade like no other," said Ambassador Ries, who described free trade agreements as tools that strengthen trade relationships and create jobs through exports. Ambassador Ries discussed the bilateral advantages that would stem from the projected TAFTA, including $20 billion in cost savings if tariffs were removed, as well other incentives such as encouraging progress in the World Trade Organization. Brian Peck, Global Initiatives Council Co-Chair of International Policy, also provided the Council with an overview of President Obama's National Export Initiative.

84th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast, May 3
Join more than 500 executives and members of the diplomatic corps at the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 3 at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown. Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker. Bergsten has authored, coauthored or edited 40 books on international economic issues; was ranked in the top 50 "Who Really Moves the Markets?" (Fidelity Investment's Worth); and was named "one of the ten people who can change your life" in USA Today. The Institute is the only major research institution in the United States devoted to international economic issues, and it has been called "the most influential think tank on the planet." This year's event will launch a month of world trade events in Los Angeles, as we celebrate The Path to Economic Recovery, including a special celebration and presentation of the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson Award. Register now or visit for more information.

Chamber Seeking nominations for World Trade Week awards
The Chamber and the World Trade Week Committee are currently seeking nominations for a series of international trade awards that will be presented at the 84th Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Monday, May 3. Click here to submit nominations.

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The International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia (IFFINA), March 11-14
Where: Jakarta, Indonesia

VITA Global Networking Breakfast: "Doing Business Within the Gulf Corporation Council," March 17

Where: The Valley Economic Alliance Building, Sherman Oaks

West Coast Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) Seminar, March 22

Where: El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne
Register: or 310.973.3132

Costa Rica Investment World Event, April 14-15

Where: Centro de Convenciones — Ramada Hotel, San José, Costa Rica

ITEP 10th Annual Scholarship & Fundraising Dinner, April 22

Where: World Cruise Center, San Pedro
Register: Monika Wegener, 818.951.2842

3rd Energy Efficiency Symposium: "The Future of Energy Efficiency in Buildings," April 26
Where: UCLA Institute of the Environment, Los Angeles
Register: Click here to register

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