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Bureau of Industry and Security: Export Regulation Course
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

This two-day program is led by the Bureau of Industry & Security’s professional counseling staff and provides an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

The program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. Presenters will conduct a number of “hands-on” exercises that will prepare you to apply the regulations to your own company’s export activities.

This workshop will explain:

  • The Scope of the Export Administration Regulations
  • How to determine the export licensing requirements for your product
  • When you may export without applying for a license
  • What an “Export Management Compliance Program (EMCP)” is, and how it can help meet your regulatory responsibilities
Central America Energy Transition Roundtable
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For years, Central America has sought to achieve energy security in a variety of manners. Countries have looked to a wide range of alternatives to replace imported oil including the possibility for natural gas and an enhanced role for renewable energy beyond hydroelectricity. Indeed, guaranteeing sufficient supplies at reasonable costs has been at the center of many debates focused on boosting the region’s economic competitiveness. In terms of the broader renewable energy outlook, long-term auctions across Latin America have resulted in record costs and made clear that renewables are a competitive source of the supply mix in emerging markets.

More recently, Central America has not been immune to the global energy transformation underway. Many of the elements of the energy transition are being assessed at varying levels in countries of the region. Indeed, long dependent on imported energy sources, Central America has increasingly embraced the role for domestic sources of renewable energy in their power mix. Incorporating wind and solar energy to support the region’s important hydroelectric capacity has seen important results and in many cases reduced exposure to volatile international oil prices, as well as lessening exposure to climate change and improving resiliency. In addition, the economic goals inherent in regional interconnection, and ultimately integration, of the nations’ six power markets is an important policy option for increased energy security and reducing costs.

Costa Rica, in particular, has garnered international attention for its consecutive days of electricity generated from renewable sources – over 300 days in 2017. The country has long been known for its commitment to sustainability across all segments of the economy and has burnished its reputation with its clean energy milestone last year. Meanwhile, Panama and El Salvador have made great strides as well guiding their countries toward increasingly competitive electric markets while diversifying their energy matrices; Panama will soon commission Central America’s first natural gas-fired power plant and plans are on tap for LNG in El Salvador next year. Honduras and Nicaragua despite grave security and political challenges have been hugely successful with incorporating renewable energy into to their power mix. Indeed, electric market reforms in Honduras have fostered the region’s most competitive solar market.

But, the nations of Central America must continue to insure that developments in the energy sector will support economic competitiveness. Indeed, the role of government in setting and managing policy, as well as regulating private sector economic activity, is a long-standing element for discussion. But with rapidly evolving global energy markets, it deserves renewed attention as government officials, investors and regulators alike must make decisions in the context of the new reality for competition, energy sources, how energy is consumed and the role of the consumer.

Beyond the critical intersection of energy and economic development in Central America, there are other questions surrounding the ability to fully finance, deliver projects on time, and at the prices won at auction. Moreover, the rise of renewables is simultaneously boosting the potential for distributed generation and net metering. In many cases, these changes are already forcing utilities to become far more flexible and nimble in the way they manage their grids. Additionally, decarbonization of transportation in Central America is an increasingly urgent matter for discussion. Finally, Costa Rica has rightfully ignited a robust debate over the feasibility of a 100% renewable power mix for a country, a question that would have been discarded as pure fantasy only a few short years ago

Tea Discussion with India Government Leaders in Technology
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
California-Asia Business Council, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, San Francisco Bangalore Sister City, TiE, California Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) cordially invite you to a tea with government leaders in technology from the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The delegation is  comprised of :

Dr M Manikandan, Minister for Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu

Dr Santhosh Babu, Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr M Vijaya Kumar, Managing Director, Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr B Evanesan, General Manager, ELCOT The Minister and his team are particularly interested in discussing the evolving technology ecosystem in their state, exchanging best practices and possible collaborative business opportunities.

Friday, September 21, 2018 Bay Area Council 353 Sacramento St., Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 3:00 to 5:00 PM— Tea and Discussion

There is limited space for this exclusive event, so please RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on September 20 to Jeremy Potash at

The U.S.-Vietnam Trade and Investment Forum 2018
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Vice Minister of Trade and Industry of Vietnam (MOIT), accompanied by high ranking officials of the Ministry, some Deputy Mayors of Provinces and representatives from about 30 companies with be visiting Los Angeles from September 23-25.

The Government delegates will include:

– Vice Minister of MOIT Hon. Mr. Hoang Quoc Vuong
– Mr. Phan Cao Thang, Vice Chairman, Binh Dinh Province
– Mr. Tran Hoang Tuy, Vice Chairman, Vinh Long Province
– Mr. Ta Hoang Linh, Director General of Europe-America Department
– Mr. Vu Ba Phu, Director General of Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency
– Mr. Dao Minh Hai, Director General, General Administration
– Mr. Pham Tu Phuong, Director General, Trade and Industry Department, Vinh Long Province

This will be one of the highest profile delegations of MOIT to Los Angeles so far. The delegation will be staying in LA from September 23 to 25, then leaving for Seattle, Washington DC and New York City.

During their stay in LA, MOIT and Vietnam Consulate General in San Francisco in collaboration with Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office with support of Los Angeles Regional Export Council, Port of Los Angeles, California Chamber of Commerce, Vietnamese Real Estate Professional Organization, World Trade Center Los Angeles and others will organize “The United States of America – Vietnam Trade and Investment Forum 2018”

Participation is free of charge




What Diplomats Do and Why It Matters
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm

It’s been a challenging year, the Department of State and its diplomats often finding themselves sidelined and starved for resources. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson will discuss the importance of fully deploying the Foreign Service so they can do their work on behalf of the United States—at our 273 embassies and consulates around the world. Stephenson will discuss concrete examples of the important work carried out by American diplomats overseas and lay out the argument that maintaining global leadership through effective diplomacy is the most cost-effective way to keep America secure and prosperous.

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The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco94105

TUE, SEP 25 @ 12:00 PM

India Energy Storage and Smart Grid Program
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – Oct 6 @ 5:00 pm

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring an opportunity to meet leading energy decision-makers from across India as part of the India Energy Storage and Smart Grid Program that includes a Reverse Trade Mission to San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC from September 26 – October 6, 2018, a Workshop on October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC, and a follow-up Workshop on December 2018 in Mumbai, India.  

This effort provides a forum for U.S. and Indian power sector stakeholders to better understand how U.S. grid modernization, energy storage, energy efficiency and renewable energy integration solutions can support India’s efforts to meet increasing energy demand across the country. The activities will also highlight regulatory policies and best practices and financing mechanisms to spur increased investment in cutting edge technologies in India that already are transforming energy distribution globally.

The Webster Group (logistics) and the Tuatara Group (technical program management) are organizing the visit on behalf of USTDA. For further information about hosting a meeting or sponsoring the program, please contact Pamela Peseux at or +301.776.6509.

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National Association of District Export Councils Annual Export Symposium
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm

Each ​​year ​​National ​​Association ​of ​District ​​Export ​​Councils ​(NADEC) ​​organizes ​​Export ​Symposium ​and ​DEC ​Forum ​​where ​​exporting ​​community ​​and ​​DEC ​​members ​​come ​​together ​​to ​​share ​​the ​​recent ​​developments ​​
and ​​work ​​on ​​the ​​pressing ​​issues ​​on ​​U.S. ​​foreign ​​trade ​​and ​​exporting. ​​

Oct ​2 ​- ​District ​Export ​Council ​Forum ​ ​- ​open ​only ​to ​DEC ​members
Oct ​3 ​- ​Export ​Symposium ​– ​open ​to ​all ​exporting ​community

This ​year’s ​DEC ​Forum ​will ​have ​panels ​on ​
– ​How ​to ​Get ​Started/Re-engaged ​as ​a ​DEC ​Member
– ​Taking ​Your ​DEC ​to ​the ​Next ​Level
– ​DEC ​Manual ​Updates
– ​Congressional ​Engagement ​Methods
– ​Providing ​Direct ​Business ​Assistance

as ​well ​as ​DoC ​ITA ​Updates ​and ​Speed ​Networking ​sessions.

This ​​year’s ​Annual ​National ​DEC ​Export ​​Symposium ​ ​will ​​​have ​several ​panels ​focusing ​​​on ​​​the ​key ​export ​issues ​and ​updates. ​Panels ​will ​include ​the ​following:
– ​NAFTA ​- ​What’s ​on ​the ​Horizon
– ​Data ​Privacy ​- ​It ​is ​not ​just ​about ​the ​EU ​anymore
– ​Tariffs ​- ​China ​and ​Everywhere ​Else
– ​Exim ​Bank ​- ​Show ​me ​the ​Money!

This ​year, ​we ​will ​also ​offer ​Table ​Topic ​Discussions ​on ​China, ​Africa, ​Europe, ​Western ​Hemisphere, ​IndoPacific, ​232/301 ​Investigations, ​Enforcement ​& ​Compliance ​- ​Anti ​Dumping ​and ​CVD, ​Supply ​Chain ​and ​other ​hot ​topics.

Our ​speakers ​include:
– ​Wilbur ​Ross ​(U.S. ​Secretary ​of ​Commerce, ​invited)
– ​Ian ​Steff ​ ​(Performing ​the ​non ​exclusive ​functions ​and ​duties ​of ​the ​Assistant ​Secretary ​for ​ ​ ​Global ​Markets
​and ​Director ​General ​of ​the ​U.S. ​and ​Foreign ​Commercial ​Service)
– ​Tom ​McGinty ​(National ​Director, ​U.S. ​Commercial ​Service)
– ​John ​Murphy ​(U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce, ​Sr. ​Vice ​President ​for ​International ​Policy)

and ​distinguished ​speakers ​and ​panelists ​from ​the ​
U.S. ​Department ​of ​Commerce ​- ​Bureau ​of ​Industry ​and ​Security ​
International ​Trade ​Administration ​
U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce ​
Small ​Business ​Administration
EXIM ​Bank, ​and ​exporting ​ecosystem

2018 U.S.-Taiwan Business Day
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trade between the U.S. and Taiwan is highly complementary. Taiwan is the U.S.’s 11th largest trade partner while the U.S. is Taiwan’s 2nd largest. With the aim of augmenting Taiwan-US bilateral business cooperation, both the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and TAITRA are co-hosting “US Business Day” in Taipei, for the 7th consecutive year. The one-on-one business meetings facilitated by TAITRA will serve to help US businesses tap into Taiwan’s global supply chain, and vice versa. The event will reimburse qualified buyers for travel expenses incurred during their visit.

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Oman Technology Roadshow
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Delegation Leader: H.E. Eng. Ahmed Hassan Al-Dheeb
Undersecretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Deputy Chairman, ITA Board of Directors

Looking for opportunities and partners in the following sectors: 

Oman Technology Roadshow

• Artificial intelligence                                      • Government digitalization
• Autonomous vehicles                                     • Logistics / transport
• Blockchain                                                        • Networking / IoT / smart cities
• Cloud services                                                  • Robotics
• E-commerce                                                     • Quantum computing
• Energy generation / storage                         • Virtual / augmented reality

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Pacific Rim/E-Commerce Export Opportunities Event
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco State University and the U.S. Commercial Service are featuring a “How to Do Business in the Pacific Rim” event in San Francisco on October 12th, 2018.  Mr. James Bledsoe, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service E-Commerce Innovation Center will present on global e-commerce and website optimization.

There will also be panel discussions on export tools and resources with moderator Doug Wallace, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce in San Francisco.  In addition, there will be a panel discussion on the current Asia Business Outlook.

Ticket Cost – $100-$150

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