Global Initiatives Council

clientuploads/Council Icons/GlobalInitiatives.pngThe Global Initiatives Council works to develop programs and events to promote global trade and investment to create regional employment.


 Read the 2017 Trade Policy Recommendations 

  • Earnestly continue the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement negotiations with the European Union with the objective to successfully conclude a mutually acceptable agreement as soon as possible.
  • Support and play a leading role in the negotiations for the World Trade Organization (WTO) International Service Agreement that will expand market access for our service sectors. 
  • Support and conclude negotiations for the WTO Information Technology Agreement to increase the scope of duty-free IT products.
  • Successfully reach agreement on bilateral investment treaties with China and India.
  • Support the full implementation of current free trade agreements and ensure the effective monitoring and enforcement of our trading partners’ obligations.   



An Update on California's International Trade Agenda

Friday, Aug. 25

9 - 10:30 a.m. 


Regional Impact of the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Wednesday, June 21

The Chamber's Global Initiatives Council convened in late June to hear from Joel Backaler, managing director of global marketing at Frontier Strategy Group. Backaler provided an overview of the potential outcomes of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation initiated by the United States. The presentation and the Q&A session generated diverse comments regarding the future of NAFTA. These different opinions were acknowledging that the NAFTA partners are going into a trilateral negotiation, but that some matters and cases bilateral arrangements or accords could also be an important part of the overall renegotiation. The overall consensus was that the USA, Canada and Mexico are most interested in a final agreement that will benefit the North American continent. SEE THE PHOTOS.


This council meets most third Wednesdays of the month, 9 - 10:30 a.m.  Meetings will take place at the L.A. Area Chamber.

 DATE Feb. 15
March 15 June 21
Aug. 25
Oct. 18
Nov. 15
 LOCATION Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber



 Date      Meeting Materials    
Feb. 15: New Year, New President, New Trade Agenda?


& Video

March 15: California, the Pacific Rim and Trade in the New Administration


 & Video

June 21: Regional Impact of the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Agenda & Presentation

>> See the Global Initiatives Council Archive


Free & Fair Trade

The L.A. Area Chamber has actively supported and advocated for the passage of previous Free Trade Agreements, with the belief that trade is not the problem but part of the solution. The Chamber is committed to collaborating with partnering organizations to effectively work together to support the enforcement of trade agreements, protection of intellectual property and promotion of direct foreign investment and constructive dialogue.



Once a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces a brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Initiatives Council exclusive email that is later available online.



Access to key information and resources is one of the tools that the Council strives to provide its members. Under the leadership of Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev, professor at Loyola Marymount University and Council Co-chair, a team of LMU students are compiling research for pertinent topics. Below are some of the research papers:

Advancing California’s Competitiveness through International Trade: Exploring Best Trade-Supporting Programs and Practices
Megan Hoffman, Kelly Pasek and Jasmine Quezada

This paper explores the role of trade in California’s growth and development. An assessment is conducted of the state’s government trade programs and their ability enhance California’s competitiveness in the global market. The State’s trade infrastructure remains competitive in the global market, and international trade is still very much an integral component of the economy. However, California is experiencing a decline in its appeal as a trade partner, largely due to the absence of a centralized government agency to promote foreign trade. The lack of government representation for business interests in California is producing a commercial climate that is becoming increasingly antagonistic to foreign trade. Consequently, Sacramento must observe and adopt other state’s examples of trade-supporting agencies. Lastly, the state government must reform its corporate tax code if it wishes to remain competitive in the country and world. 


An Analysis of Economic Development Programs and Best Practices for Southern California
Matthew Seccombe

This paper is a survey of both foreign and domestic programs, policies, and strategies whose purposes are to stimulate trade, create business-friendly climates, and find a set of best practices.  Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea, have agencies that offer consultation to facilitate trade for their countries’ products, provide opportunities for investment, and offer business matching making services. Within the United States, President Obama’s National Export Initiative strives to get SMEs to export, expand into other markets, and provide trade financing.  Other state governments have their own trade initiatives to aid in economic development for important industries within their state.  California’s trade initiative programs are not as effective compared to these others.  Sacramento can adopt practices from these other programs by developing: trade offices, economic zones, export councils, and industry cluster databases.


The following white papers were compiled by Kevin Bell, Research Intern, Global Economics, sponsored by Venture Strategies Innovations:

Brazil: The Economic Implications

Brazil is under great pressure to modernize and upgrade its infrastructure in time for the World Cup and Olympics.  In addition, if Brazil is to maintain its economic growth it must invest in its ports, rail system, and roads which are in poor conditions.  Brazil cannot compete effectively in international trade if these problems are not fixed.  In the medium-term, Brazil will move from a developing nation to a developed one.  However, much of its population still lacks access to clean water and sewage.  California businesses can help Brazil answer these obstacles due to its experience solving these issues.  Brazil provides a great investment opportunities in the short and medium-terms.  Californian businesses are better off entering the Brazilian market in a joint venture in order to help it navigate the complex regulatory and tax systems. Read more

To read more of Kevin's work, including white papers on intellectual property rights, trans-pacific partnership, and the implications of the KORUS FTA, please visit our advocacy page.




2017 Global Initiatives Council Leadership:

Lisa Greer Quateman

Lisa Greer Quateman
Principal, Polsinelli LLP

Brian Peck

Vice Chair
International Trade Policy
Brian Peck
Director, Transnational Law & Business Center,
USC Gould School of Law

Leon Grice

Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Hon. Hans Joerg Neumann
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

Lamia Mekhemar

Vice Chair
Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Amb. Lamia Mekhemar
Consulate General of Egypt

Thank you to our 2017 Council Sponsor:

Port of Los Angeles
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