May 13, 2009
  Chamber discusses California business climate

Chamber reviews current trade issues and national policies

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"In order to ensure a speedy revival of the U.S. and global economies, it is imperative that we work with our trading partners to further open markets as well as working with members of Congress and stakeholders on new and pending free trade agreements in order to expand the free flow of trade." 

- Ambassador Ronald Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative

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USTR HELPS KICK OFF WORLD TRADE WEEK. Ambassador Ronald Kirk, United States Trade Representative, above right, with World Trade Week Chair William Collier, joined more than 400 executives and members of the diplomatic corps to celebrate the kickoff of World Trade Week last Thursday at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles. "Trade opens avenues of opportunity for businesses large and small," said Ambassador Kirk. Keynote speaker Dr. Steven Sample, president of the University of Southern California, told the audience that “the world is coming together in Los Angeles — we must seek mutual understanding and respect. There is no better place to be than in the City of Angels — the capital of the Pacific Rim." (View photo gallery)
Global Initiatives Committee discusses California business climate with USC professor
Professor Abraham Lowenthal, University of Southern California, discussed the challenges and successes California’s economy faces today at a recent Global Initiatives Committee meeting. Lowenthal referred to the research and analysis in his latest book, "Global California: Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge," and addressed how Californians are uniquely affected by international trends. "California was born with an international DNA," said Lowenthal. "California needs to mobilize its influence in Washington, D.C."

Chamber reviews current trade issues and national policies
LTG (Ret.) Daniel Christman, senior counselor for national security affairs to U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue, discussed the current state of international trade at the Chamber recently. "It’s absolutely vital to hear the voice of the L.A. Area Chamber," he said. " The idea of a network is to raise the passionate voice of business. It’s awfully important for chambers to weigh in on the issues affecting their regions. Every legislator in California should be arguing for greater investment in this area."

Learn more about the Chamber's Global Initiatives events or contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or


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The Americas Business Forum, May 27-28
The Chamber and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, with the participation of the city of Los Angeles, UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Center for International Business Education & Research, are hosting a forum to increase awareness and encourage Southern California manufacturing firms to more aggressively participate in exporting opportunities in the Americas, primarily in Latin America. Hear from trade experts including U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke (invited) and Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, president, Institute of the Americas. Register now or contact Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570 or


Community and World Trade Week Events in May


International Trade Outlook 2009, May 14
Examine the outlook for international trade in the coming year and determine where the real opportunities lie in the international trade sector.
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World Trade Month - Exploring the Global Frontier, May 14
Focus on the growing importance and great opportunities that foreign investment and trade represent for the Inland Empire.
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Australian Cleantech Mission, May 14
Hear from the Australian Trade Commission and 15 Australian cleantech companies from the State of Victoria.
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Issues in Focus: Is the United States Losing Its Edge in Science and Technology?, May 14
Receive an up-to-date perspective on the United States' science and technology sectors and find out whether we are losing the competitive edge in today's global economy.
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World Trade Week Luncheon, May 15
Hear from former Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor during a discussion on the state of international trade.
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World Trade Week Luncheon and Trade Fair, May 19
Join in a discussion on how trade policy has been made from inside three administrations and hear from ambassador Derek Shearer.
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Luncheon with Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego, May 19
Hear from one of Latin America's leading corporate figures and entrepreneuers on the current global economic crisis.
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Doing Business in South Africa, May 20

A representative from the South African Consulate will discuss the current business climate and environment in South Africa.
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Global Electric Power Tech 2009 in South Korea, May 20-22
Meet with power and plant-related industries in South Korea.
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1st PMF Bancorp 2009 Doing Business With China Seminar, May 21
Learn to maximize profits in Hong Kong and China through the latest strategies and tax codes.
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California-China Trade and Investment Conference 2009, May 21
Receive valuable insider information on how to profit in China. Expert speakers will discuss how to find business success in China.
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U.S.-Jiangsu, China Green Business Networking, May 22
Meet with Jiangsu provincial government officials on green business projects and Jiangsu companies seeking clean-tech solutions and opportunities.
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To submit an event, contact Global Initiatives Manager Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or

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