AdvocacyInternational

Overview

California is one of the 10 largest economies in the world with a gross state product (GSP) of more than $2 trillion. International-related commerce (including exports and imports of goods and services, plus investments) accounts for approximately one-quarter of the state’s economy. Although trade is a nationally determined policy issue, its impact on California is immense. California exports to 229 foreign markets.

The California Chamber supports expansion of international trade and investment, fair and equitable market access for California products abroad, and elimination of disincentives that impede the international competitiveness of California business.

International Trade Business Issue

Trade is Good for America: U.S. Presidents Weigh In
“Expanding trade, including through trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is good for U.S. businesses of all sizes, good for the U.S. economy and good for U.S. jobs.”
Trade Benefits America, July 22, 2016

CalChamber International Trade Issues and Priorities

Highlighting its international trade priorities, CalChamber supports renewing the President’s authority to negotiate trade agreements and pending agreements with Pacific nations and the European Union.

CalChamber Council for International Trade

CalChamber Council for International Trade hosts trade events, forums, and guests.

International Activities

Overview

Looking Out for Business

Through our lobbying team and committees, we monitor state and federal legislative issues, as well as multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations on behalf of Californians doing business abroad.

Making Connections

We work as a clearinghouse of information for international trade. We encourage our members to share their international expertise, while also bridging the gap between government agencies and private companies, here and abroad.

Getting Involved

We give you as many chances as possible to grow your international business. Each year, we sponsor/co-sponsor trade and investment missions, educational programs and conferences, as well as trade and catalog shows.

Cuba Policy Trip

CalChamber Joins World Affairs Council on Cuba Policy Trip – April 2015

cuba-300-200This nation-wide 20-member delegation met with high-ranking government officials, chatted with entrepreneurs in the emerging Cuban private sector, enjoyed the work of professional artists and musicians, heard from renowned historians and convened with diplomats and economists.

Cuba Policy Trip Blog

Trade Missions

CalChamber delegations have participated in the state’s trade and investment missions. Members and CalChamber officials often participate in trade events such as International Expos and the World Economic Forum. Board members and officials have accompanied four California Governors to various worldwide destinations, including Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.)

Gubernatorial Trade Mission to Mexico – July 2014

MOU signing at Casa de CaliforniaVisit california-mexicomission.calchamber.com to learn more about this successful trade and investment mission led by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., organized by the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with CalChamber.

Along with senior members of his administration and business delegates, Governor Brown traveled to Mexico City, the political capital and financial center of Mexico.

Gubernatorial Trade Mission to China – April 2013

CalChamber President/CEO Allan Zaremberg and Governor BrownThe delegation traveled throughout China and attended the opening of the California Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai, California’s first official permanent presence in China in nearly a decade. With more investment deals from China than any other state, California is positioned to capture China’s growing foreign investment. Trade Mission Blog

Past Trade Missions

Awards

CalChamber Receives President’s Export Award

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right) presented the award to CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (right) presents the award to CalChamber Vice President of International Affairs Susanne Stirling in Washington, D.C.

President's Export Award LogoThe California Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious President’s “Excellence for Export Service Award,” the nation’s highest award to honor United States exporters.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Locke said that those honored at the November 2009 ceremony have “shown the foresight and ability to grow and prosper through a strong export strategy. Exporting U.S. manufactured goods and services plays an important role in rebuilding the American economy and creating jobs at home. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside our borders, there is great potential to boost economic growth and create new jobs in America through exporting. Alert Article

 

CalChamber Receives Korean Presidential Citation

Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee (left) and Consul Kwang Ho Lee (right) of the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco present the Korean Presidential Citation to Susanne Stirling.

Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee (left) and Consul Kwang Ho Lee (right) of the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco present the Korean Presidential Citation to Susanne Stirling.

On December 6, 2012, the California Chamber of Commerce received the prestigious Presidential Citation from the government of the Republic of Korea for promoting U.S.-Korea trade and commercial relations, and specifically for contributing to the passage of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The CalChamber was an early supporter of the U.S.-Korea FTA, the culmination of a five-year process from negotiations, to passage and implementation.

International Events

Sep
27
Tue
2016 Public Forum on “Inclusive Trade”
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/pfor_08mar16_e.htm

The Forum will be an opportunity for participants to discuss how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system and how WTO rules can help to ensure everyone benefits from trade. At a time when the business environment is changing and world growth is slowing, it is important to ensure that trade is truly inclusive, allowing small enterprises, women and innovative businesses to take an active role in the global trading system.

This year’s Forum will examine in particular how the WTO can foster the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the global market, how the trading system can support innovation and how women can participate more fully in international trade.

The Forum will also see the launch of the WTO’s flagship publication, the World Trade Report, which will focus on SMEs. A number of other books will also be launched during this year’s Forum.

Stands organized by both internal and external partners will display information concretely showcasing how to make trade more inclusive.

2016 Public Forum on “Inclusive Trade”
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news16_e/pfor_08mar16_e.htm

The Forum will be an opportunity for participants to discuss how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system and how WTO rules can help to ensure everyone benefits from trade. At a time when the business environment is changing and world growth is slowing, it is important to ensure that trade is truly inclusive, allowing small enterprises, women and innovative businesses to take an active role in the global trading system.

This year’s Forum will examine in particular how the WTO can foster the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the global market, how the trading system can support innovation and how women can participate more fully in international trade.

The Forum will also see the launch of the WTO’s flagship publication, the World Trade Report, which will focus on SMEs. A number of other books will also be launched during this year’s Forum.

Stands organized by both internal and external partners will display information concretely showcasing how to make trade more inclusive.

Sep
29
Thu
Environmental Law & Free Trade in the Americas
Sep 29 @ 4:45 pm – 7:00 pm

http://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1646#.V9cY-K0Uh14

The Dominican Republic-Central America-US Free Trade Agreement
(CAFTA-DR) commemorated the tenth anniversary in July of this year.
The states reaffirmed their common commitment to promote sound
environmental policies that ensure high levels of environmental
protection and to encourage trade and investment that is in line with
such polices.

CAFTA-DR countries face similar challenges associated with the
degradation of natural resources, the management of water resources,
the enforcement of environmental laws, the illegal trade of wildlife,
including marine resources, and the conservation of coastal and marine
ecosystems that call for the promotion of regional initiatives that
enhance national capacities to address these challenges.

The discussants will focus on: What impact has this trade agreement had
on people and the environment? Did it support the interdependence of
economic development, social development, and environmental
protection?

This program will provide a timely discussion as free trade agreements,
such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, are facing controversies
among the US public today.

Sep
30
Fri
Diplomacy Begins Here: Northern California
Sep 30 all-day

http://www.norcalwtc.org/events/summit2016/

Join the Northern California World Trade Center and Global Ties San Francisco for a dynamic one-day summit, Diplomacy Begins Here: Contributing to the world through innovation in agriculture, water, and energy.

Oct
4
Tue
2016 Sima-Sipsa International Ag Expo
Oct 4 – Oct 7 all-day

http://www.us-algeria.org/usabc-events/the-u-s-a-pavilion-at-the-2016-sima-sipsa-international-ag-expo.html

The Sima-Sipsa International Ag Expo is the largest Ag expo event in all of Africa. Situated on a sprawling campus of country-specific pavilions, the Sima-Sipsa International Ag Expo is a productive forum dedicated to promoting trade and partnership on a global level. This year more than ever, the U.S.A. will take the center stage at the event because the U.S.A. is the Guest of Honor – What does this mean for you? Well, the Guest of Honor Pavilion will be featured in the newspaper and television daily, and will be visited by the Prime Minister of Algeria and all of his cabinet of key advisors and ministers! It will also feature events and activities featuring the U.S.A. and the strength of our businesses – especially our agribusinesses!

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Susanne-Stirling-2012-300x300Susanne Stirling
Vice President, International Affairs