October 14, 2009
 

Chamber and Chilean American Chamber partner to promote trade

Chamber hears from CATO Institute on importance of trade and globalization

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director Discusses Trade Security


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Chamber and Chilean American Chamber partner to promote trade

The Chamber signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) earlier this month to promote trade and investment between California and Chile. "In order to lead the way toward recovery, Los Angeles must embrace all international trade opportunities such as this one, which is important to our economy," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. This partnership with Chile adds another dimension to the Chamber's strategic alliances with the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce, Consejo Empresarial Mexicano (COMCE) and the Korean International Trade Association (KITA). From left: Paul Simons, U.S. Ambassador to Chile; Susanne Stirling, Vice President, California Chamber of Commerce; Ricardo Garcia, President, Chilean American Chamber of Commerce; Carlos J. Valderrama, Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives, L.A. Area Chamber; and Jose Goni, Chilean Ambassador to the United States. View photo gallery.

 
 
 

Chamber hears from CATO Institute on importance of trade and globalization
Daniel Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the CATO Institute, discussed the process of globalization and the benefits of free trade with the Chamber's Global Initiatives Committee earlier this month. Griswold referenced his latest book, "Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization," to stress the importance of international trade and to challenge the myths that trade is destructive to the American economy. "A lack of trade has helped to deepen this recession," said Griswold. "Trade is about moving up, doing more of what we do best and playing up to our strengths." Griswold went on to call Los Angeles a "manufacturing powerhouse" and said that one out of every 10 people in the region works for a foreign-owned company or a company related to international business.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director discusses trade security
Kevin Weeks, director of Field Operations at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, discussed the responsibilities, successes and challenges in managing one of the largest port complexes in the nation at the Global Initiatives Committee meeting in September. Several new programs have been created to enhance import security, regulations and procedures.

For more information on Chamber events, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.


 
 
 

Trade Commissioners Group meets with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director
Kevin Weeks, director of Field Operations at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, met with members of the Trade Commissioners Networking Group (TCNG) in September to openly discuss the responsibilities, successes and challenges in international trade in Los Angeles, and to strengthen a strategic partnership with the consular corp in Los Angeles. At left, Weeks speaks with trade representatives from the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles.

Next session: Thursday, Nov. 5, 9-10:30 a.m.
Guest Speaker:
Tim Olson, Program Manager, California Energy Commission

The L.A. Area Chamber established the TCNG to provide the infrastructure and venue where members 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.

To join TCNG or for more information, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.

 

 
 
   
 

2009 L.A. Export Series, Oct.20- Dec. 1
It's not too late to join us for the L.A. Export Series. If you're only selling in the United States, you're only reaching 5 percent of the world's population and one-third of the world's purchasing power. Learn from experts on how to assess your own export potential, protect yourself internationally, identify the markets that need your products and make ongoing export sales and get paid. A CITD trade specialist will be present at each seminar for free on-site counseling and resources. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai- Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.

California Spain Business Forum, Oct. 26-27
Join the Chamber, in cooperation with the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and the Trade Commission of Spain in Los Angeles, to meet with senior executives representing leading Spanish companies in the renewable energy, transportation, water treatment and environmental industry sectors on Oct. 26-27 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. The meetings with counterparts in Southern California are the first step in exploring mutually beneficial business opportunities and strategic alliances to pursue projects in California and foreign markets. The Chamber is proud to organize this international business encounter and showcase local companies. Our objective is to develop business synergies that will result in economic gains for our region. Register now, or contact Carlos Valderrama, 213.580.7570 or cvalderrama@lachamber.com.

Global Initiatives Committee Meeting, Nov. 19
Hear from Dr. Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., Dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management, discuss Becoming a Global School of Management and the global strategic alliances recommended for universities to develop programming that improves academic and practical experiences of students in global management. Register now or contact Jasmin Sakai- Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.


 
   
 

International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) Compliance Training, Oct. 22
Where: El Camino CITD, Hawthorne
Register: Darling Garcia, 310.973.3148 or dagarcia@elcamino.edu  

International Private Sector Investment Conference and Business Forum on Pakistan, Oct. 23-25
Where: Islamabad, Pakistan
Register: Shahid Tarar, 310.474.6861 or PakComm@aol.com

US-Korea Solar Power Initiative, Oct. 26
Where: Anaheim Hilton Hotel, Anaheim
Register: Tammi Kim, 323.954.9500, Ext. 137 or renewable@kotrala.co

Global Electric Power Tech 2009 Autumn in Korea, Oct. 29-30
Where: Seoul, South Korea.
Register: Tae Kim, 323.954.9500, Ext. 129 or taek1@kotrala.com

Costa Rica's IT Clusters & Telecom Network, Nov. 5
Where: Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Brooklyn, NY
Register: Trade Commission of Costa Rica in NY, 212.967.0051 or Newyork@procomer.com

Armenia's Global High-Tech Industry Business Conference, Nov. 5-8
Where: Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA

Register: www.armtechcongress.com

Footwear & Leather Exhibition - Sri Lanka, Nov. 6-9
Where: Colombo Sri Lanka
How: www.lankaleather.lk or slcgla@gmail.com

 

To submit an event, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or jgonzalez@lachamber.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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