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Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka Hotel Industry
"The Lonely Planet" has named Sri Lanka as the number one destination in the world to visit in 2013. At the recently held 23rd Annual Hotel Investment Conference in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Myanmar were identified as the top hotel resorts for future travelers. International hotel chains including Shangri La, Sheraton, Sun City and the Hyatt Regency have already invested in Sri Lanka.

This is the opportune time to enter the Sri Lanka leisure sector, as they expect 2.5 million tourists by 2016. Sri Lanka needs to expand the hotel room capacity up to 55,000 within the next couple of years.

Contact Shantha Wijesinghe or + 94 11 2883477. 
Trade news from around the world
Twice a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces an email brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Trades Council exclusive email benefit that is later published online. Read more.
World Trade Week participates in International Trade Education Program's GPS Your Future
In January, former World Trade Week (WTW) scholarship students and interns participated as exhibitors in a career discovery event hosted by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and California State University Dominguez Hills, for ITEP Academy students at Banning, Barstow, Carson, Gardena and San Pedro High Schools. The students distributed the WTW Career Guide and discussed trade career paths with others. WTW, an initiatives of the L.A. Area Chamber, dedicates itself to educating the public on the positive aspects of international trade on the local and national economy through educational programs and events. Learn more about supporting this program and scholarships for students by becoming a sponsor. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569. 
From left to right: Youssef Abdallah, Tanya Gonzalez, Dalia Duran, Nicholas Hikita and Aaron Borboa. 
Global Initiatives Council: Strategies for Expanding California Exports, Feb. 20 

Join the Global Initiatives Council for the first session of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9-11 a.m. The council will hear from Kevin Klowden, director of the California Center at the Milken Institute, as he discusses his research on "Strategies for Expanding California's Exports." Klowden will address California's export advantages, current challenges and recommendations regarding private-public partnerships to boost the Golden State's exports. This special extended meeting will include a welcome to incoming Council Chair Francisco Uribe, director of state, local and international government relations, The Home Depot, and a Global Policy Outlook from Council Co-Chair Brian Peck, adjunct professor at University of Southern California. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.   

Export Champions Program, Feb. 27 

LArexc_Logo Join UCLA Anderson School of Management's Global Access Program and its Center for Global Management in cooperation with the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 a.m. - noon to learn about California export competitiveness, trends, and export opportunities and challenges for California small and medium enterprise manufacturers. Sessions will include a presentation by the Export Champions Program and feature how companies have successfully used this program via successful export plans. This opportunity is open to current manufacturers and export-ready companies only. Register now or contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570. 

By Brian Peck, co-chair, International Policy, Global Initiatives Council 


With the Korea, Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements (FTA) now in force, the Obama Administration is focusing its efforts on expanding markets and trade opportunities for U.S. businesses through several ambitious multilateral trade agreement initiatives in 2013. These trade initiatives would help provide a catalyst for U.S. economic and job growth, while complementing the on-going National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports. Read the full op-ed to find out about the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S. - European Union FTA and several World Trade Organization agreements in the works. 
The Brookings Institution calls for creation of Regional Export Acceleration Grant Program

The Brookings Institution recently released a new policy brief that calls for scaling up regional export plans as an essential component to national ambitions to boost exports, create jobs, and help our economy prosper in the face of global opportunities. The brief proposes the creation of a Regional Export Accelerator Challenge (REACH) grant program to spur the development and start-up implementation of metro export plans. The REACH program would be a $25 million grant program, requiring a one-to-one local match, which can reach up to 35 markets. Grants would enable metropolitan areas to prepare and launch customized regional export strategies, sustained by local investments.
In an op-ed piece, "Don't Ease Up on Exports," Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution argues that with two full years remaining to meet the national goal to double exports by the end of 2014, the president should use his State of the Union address to announce his ongoing commitment to exports and a new effort to "go-to-ground," in regions and metro areas, to make deeper, sustained progress on expanding global trade and exports.

Upcoming Sessions:
Private Briefing and Tour of US Foods Distribution Center, Feb. 21 

The first TCNG session of the year on Thursday, Feb. 21 will be a private briefing and tour of the Southern California distribution center of US Foods. The group will take part in a roundtable discussion with Michael Martin, director of purchasing of one of the nation's leading food service distributors. Mike Rosenfeld, vice consul of British Consulate General/UK Trade & Investment is the 2013 TCNG chair. Read his 2013 welcome message.

TCNG was established to provide the infrastructure and venue where foreign diplomats, including trade commissioners, can develop their own international trade strategies and programs as they perform their professional responsibilities. The Chamber is committed to working closely with countries who are actively promoting trade and economic opportunities. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Business Opportunities in Qatar Related to 2022 World Cup-, Feb. 18


China-Latin America Trade on the Pacific Rim: Opportunities, Feb. 20


The Border, Ports and Trade: Southern California and Global, Feb. 21


2013 US-China Trade Outlook, Feb. 26


VITA Global Networking Breakfast, Feb. 27


TPP Singapore Stakeholder Event, March 6

ANTAD Expo, March 13-15 


Pulse of the Ports: Peak Season Forecast, March 27


Safety & Security Trade mission- Seguridad Trade Show, April 23


Milken Institute 2013 Global Conference, April 28


ACCESS 2013: International Trade Forum, May 1


The 28th World Ports Conference, May 7


China 2013 International Trade and Expo, May 12


North Africa Water Tech Trade Mission 2013 Algeria & Morocco, May 25


Global Action Forum and Awards, May 28



Visit the International Trade Calendar for a complete listing.

To submit an event or for more information on any of the information in this newsletter, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569
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
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