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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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Oman Technology Roadshow
Oct 9 @ 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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International Consulate Reception
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The event is designed to cultivate and strengthen East Bay EDA’s relationships with local Consulate offices and international business providers to ensure that opportunities for East Bay companies seeking foreign investment or trade/service abroad are maximized, and that East Bay companies are positioned for success. The event also demonstrates the depth of East Bay EDA’s capacity to provide direct business services, make connections, and identify business resources and opportunities to enhance international trade and investment for the business community.

Event Location/Time and Program Elements

The International Consulate Reception will be hosted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center at 550 10th Street, Oakland, CA. Doors will open at 3:30 pm to allow attendees to check-in and briefly network before finding their reserved seating for the short program that will begin at 4:00 pm.



The program will include introductory remarks by the East Bay EDA Chair, welcoming remarks from the Mayor of Oakland, and recognition of the Consuls Generals and Consulate delegations/staff present. This will be followed by a brief address on international trade or investment from a keynote speaker. At the close of the keynote address, a raffle drawing will be held for airline tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

At approximately 5:30 pm, all attendees will then be escorted into the reception area for a two hour networking opportunity. There will be some sponsor expo tables in this space, as well as the possibility of a photo area with the three NBA championship trophies from the Golden State Warriors. Passed hors d’oeuvres and appetizer food stations will be available, as well as a hosted wine and beverage service.

This reception will enable attendees to access information to assist with trade and investment, and will maximize opportunities for business matchmaking and connections. The event will adjourn at approximately 7:30 pm.

International Consulate Reception Flyer small

2018 International Consulate Event Sponsor Packet





China International Import Expo
Nov 5 – Nov 10 all-day

In May 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China will hold China International Import Expo (CIIE) starting from 2018.

It is a significant move for the Chinese government to hold CIIE to give firm support to trade liberalization and economic globalization and actively open the Chinese market to the world. It facilitates countries and regions all over the world to strengthen economic cooperation and trade, and to promote global trade and world economic growth in order to make the world economy more open.

The Chinese government sincerely welcomes government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers across the world to participate in CIIE and to explore the Chinese market. We would like to work with all countries, regions and international organizations to make CIIE a world-class Expo, providing new channels for countries and regions to do business, strengthen cooperation and promote common prosperity of the world economy and trade.

China to Focus on Imports with International Expo in November
CalChamber, January 26, 2018