Calendar of Events
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing a Cybersecurity Business Development Mission to Santiago, Chile; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Lima, Peru, March 1-5, 2021, along with an optional stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 8, 2021.
Mission Participants Will: Learn about regional priorities, policy and regulatory changes, projects, and business opportunities. Make industry and government contacts. Have one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, or joint venture partners in Chile, Peru, and Uruguay with optional appointments available in Argentina. Participate in Networking Receptions. Solidify business strategies and advance specific project goals. Why You Should Join: The purpose of this trade mission is to introduce U.S. firms to rapidly expanding markets for cyber-security products and services in South America.
The mission will help participating firms and trade associations to gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina. By participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina on their own, U.S. companies will enhance their ability to secure meetings in those countries and gain greater exposure to the region. By participating in the mission, U.S. companies will partake in customized, one-on-one, business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, and/or joint venture partners through which they may export their products and services to the region.
The Mission will provide opportunities for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions with foreign government representatives in order to advance U.S. cybersecurity sector interests and it will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with local governments and/or associations, to foster long-term partnerships, and to share best practices.
Ahead of St. Patty’s Day on March 17, join Asia Society Northern California on Thursday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific for an off-the-record Executive Roundtable with Ambassador Declan Kelleher, who previously served as Ireland’s permanent representative to the EU and its ambassador to China on how Brexit is affecting intra-European cooperation, the complex relations between China and Europe, and how all these interactions impact the United States. By most metrics, the United States, European Union and China are the world’s most important economies and geopolitical actors. COVID-19 has amplified the importance of the crucial relationships between these global powers and placed a particularly bright spotlight on both the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and China-EU engagement. Isabel Hilton, CEO of the China Dialogue Trust and international journalist and broadcaster, will join us from London to moderate the discussion
The notion Africa Rising will remain a misnomer unless conditions for doing business on the continent with ease are created, a paradigm shift is realized towards sustainable transformation and development, strategic projects with greater impact are prioritized as well as the harnessing of innovative space.
This conference is designed to bring all these critical success factors into deliberation with the view to concluding with agreements on an implementation plan, accountability structure and assessment mechanism for all adopted projects. Presenters and participants will be drawn from all sectors of society to ascertain comprehensive representation and wider transference of conference commitments.
Event: Virtual Trade Mission To Kenya
On March 16, the WTCLA, Consulate General of the Republic of Kenya in Los Angeles, and the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs are hosting a virtual trade mission to Kenya. This trade mission is a series of fact-finding mission events that provides qualifying California companies with cutting-edge market insights and crucial connections into one of the most vibrant economies in Africa. The mission will prepare and equip companies with the background and connections to be successful in future in-person trade missions to the country. The mission is focused on opportunities in housing and construction, sustainability, and smart city solutions.Kenya Trade Mission 2021 - Flyer (4)
Experts and higher officials from Ethiopia will join this virtual Forum. As you know Ethiopia has a large potential for investment. The priority areas include Agriculture, Agro-processing, Textile and Apparel, Leather and Leather products, Pharmaceuticals, Information Technology and Creative Industry, Mining and energy, Tourism and Hospitality among others. In these priority areas of Investment, we are organizing an Investment Forum.
The Consulate General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Los Angeles would like to cordially invite your company to join the upcoming Ethio-California Investment forum which will be held on March 18, 2021 from 9:00 am- 11:00 am Pacific Time.
Topic: Ethio-California Investment Forum
Time: Mar 18, 2021 09:00 am to 11:00 am Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 812 8891 4765
Beauty & Personal Care Products – Export Opportunities in Southeast Asia Webinar
With approximately 650 million consumers, regional economy worth $3.0 trillion and GDP growth of 4.5 percent in 2019, Southeast Asia is third fastest growing market for U.S. beauty and personal care exports, following China and India.
To provide an overview of cosmetics opportunities in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia and assistance available to U.S. exporters.
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Event: Leading a Sustainable Economic Future: The United Kingdom and LA
On March 23, The World Trade Center LA and the British Consulate Los Angeles will present “Leading A Sustainable Economic Future: The United Kingdom and Los Angeles.” Los Angeles and the U.K. are two leading forces in building a sustainable economic future and this program will focus on how the two regions are united by policy and action. This conversation will address how both governments are creating an environment to incentivize private industry to partner on each locale’s aggressive climate policy goals. It will also highlight companies operating successfully in both locations, providing a blueprint for others to follow.
Panel Discussion as part of the Institute of the Americas’ Hemisphere in Transition Webinar Series
DATE: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 10:00am-11:30am (Pacific Standard Time)
With the Biden Administration there is the growing prospect of a potential reversal of sanctions and regulations imposed by the Trump Administration that resulted in restricting travel, investment and remittances that were made possible under the prior Obama Administration. At the same time, President Biden faces a different political landscape with Cuba as human rights abuses continue to be a serious problem in the country, its intelligence service continues to support Venezuela’s autocratic leader Nicolas Maduro, and unanswered questions about the strange brain trauma injuries experienced by U.S diplomats and their families in Cuba linger. Additionally, pressure from the American Cuban community against a possible détente between Washington and Havana remains, adding a domestic political dimension to proposed relaxing of sanctions.
In spite of U.S. domestic political pressures, the recent San Isidro Movement led by Cuba’s artistic community –challenging government restrictions on the performing arts and calling for free speech, free assembly, ownership of businesses and political pluralism –provides hope that a new re-set in U.S-Cuba relations could lead to social and political changes on the island that would otherwise not be possible if current sanctions remain.
Given the evolving nature of U.S. bilateral relations with Cuba, the Institute of the Americas plans to organize a special panel discussion, as part of its virtual Hemisphere in Transition Series, with four noted Cuba experts offering a range of views on the topic of U.S-Cuba Bilateral Relations under the Biden Administration.
- William LeoGrande, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Department of Government, American University and author of Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977 – 1992. Most recently, he is coauthor of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.
- Richard Feinberg, Professor of Latin American Studies, School for Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego, and author of the book, “Open for Business: The New Cuban Economy.”
- Michael J. Bustamante, Assistant Professor of History, Florida International University, and author of Cuban Memory Wars: Retrospective Politics in Revolution and Exile.
- Javier Corrales, Chair of the Political Science Department, Amherst College and co-editor of the book, co-editor with Mario Pecheny of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on GLBT Rights.
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing a Cybersecurity Business Development Mission to New Delhi and Mumbai, India, April 19-23, 2021, along with optional stops in Bangalore or Hyderabad, India.
The purpose of this trade mission is to introduce U.S. firms to rapidly expanding markets for cyber-security products and services in India. The mission will help participating firms and organizations gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to India. By participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to India on their own, U.S. companies will enhance their ability to secure meetings in those countries and gain greater exposure to the region.
By participating in the mission, U.S. companies will partake in customized, one-on-one, business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors, and/or joint venture partners through which they may export their products and services to the region. The Mission will provide opportunities for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions with foreign government representatives in order to advance U.S. cybersecurity sector interests and it will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with local governments and/or associations, to foster long-term partnerships, and to share best practices.
WORLD TRADE WEEK SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AWARDS
2021 WORLD TRADE WEEK SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AWARDS
All awards will be presented during the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual World Trade Week Kickoff conference the first week of May. More than one candidate may be submitted and more than one award may be presented in each category. Self-nominations will be accepted and are encouraged. Nominations should include the following information (the various forms are attached for your convenience) and can be from Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties:
Early Bird Registration is Open !
2021 NADEC Virtual Annual Export Conference will bring together distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officials, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies via ZOOM. We will discuss the latest news and updates on Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities, and the new Challenges surrounding the U.S. exporters. Trade Policy Updates include Vital Elements of Modern Trade Agreements, Global Trade and Exporting Post COVID-19, US-UK FTA Update, and Opportunities in Africa including the US-Kenya FTA Update. Sessions on Export Opportunities and Challenges will address EXIM Bank and SBA Programs to assist Exporters, Virtual Gold Keys and Trade Shows, DEC Partnerships with Like-Minded Organizations, and Using DEC Resources to further Exports – How to get the word out to more SMEs.
Dates and Times: May 26, 12:00 – 5:15 EST and May 27, 12:00 – 5:00 EST
Cost: Early Bird Price of $75 until April 15, 2021; After 4/15, price increases to $99
Group Discount – Buy 3 registrations, Get 1 registration FREE! (Contact NADEC for special code.)
Open to All Exporters and Business Leaders!
2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit
The SelectUSA Investment Summit promotes the United States as the world’s premier investment destination and connects qualified foreign firms with U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) to facilitate business investment and job creation.
The Investment Summit draws high-caliber attendees to help you make connections and get started on business deals:
• EDOs on site to share business location intelligence.
• Pre-vetted potential investors actively seeking business opportunities in the United States.
• Relevant service providers that can help investment possibilities become realities.
• C-Suite executives and government officials who can discuss the latest policy and business trends.
For more information or to register, please click here.
Los Angeles is home to United States’ largest county economy, with an annual GDP of over $707 billion. With 88 fantastic cities and over 100 unincorporated areas within Los Angeles County, investment opportunities here are unrivaled throughout the nation. In fact, FDI Cities Magazine ranked Los Angeles 5th in the world for return on foreign investment. More than 18 million consumers live in the five counties that make up the Greater Los Angeles Region, establishing the area as one of the United States’ largest and most attractive marketplaces for every business type. Over 10,300 foreign- owned enterprises have already selected Southern California as their U.S. landing pad, with more selecting Los Angeles each week.
As international companies enter a new market, they often struggle to find the right local partners to integrate into this complex region. The needs of international companies are unique, and a holistic strategy must be carefully developed to navigate business channels and discover the right opportunity in Los Angeles. This is the essence of the Select LA Investment Summit. Select LA provides international and local companies with a comprehensive understanding of the region’s investment ecosystem with actionable insights that can guide key business decisions.
Through matchmaking technology and over four hours of networking, Select LA offers the perfect environment to create and foster new relationships with individuals who are responsible for turning a conversation into an investment opportunity. Just as important as a connection is understanding the local processes and protocol to ensure successful transactions, which is why we gather state and local government officials in addition to private businesses.
The World Trade Center Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation are delighted to jointly host the summit, presenting an array of opportunities to match international investors with local partners, such as table exhibits, one-on-one interactions, plenary panels and breakout sessions led by local and international executives.
The International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) and Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) are forging ahead with preparations for the 12th edition of the World Chambers Congress, which will take place in one year in Dubai, from 23-25 November 2021.
Preparations for the 12th World Chambers Congress are moving forward at a determined pace. With only one year remaining until the event, ICC and DCCI are working together to identify session speakers, finalise the agenda, and coordinate logistics to ensure a productive experience for all participants.
Under the theme “Generation Next: Chambers 4.0”, the Congress will address how technology is reshaping the future of global trade. Representatives from business, government, civil society and chambers of commerce will unite in Dubai to learn how chambers can navigate the ever-evolving conditions of global trade and remain relevant to their local communities. The event will provide chamber leaders with an opportunity to share best-practices, participate in cross-industry dialogues and discuss solutions that will address existing challenges.