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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Featured Headlines

Mexico's leader: Let others invest in our oil
The Sacramento Bee, August 13, 2013

ANALYSIS-Mexico aims for NAFTA-style growth boost
from energy reform

Reuters, August 11, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Announces First Business Development Mission to Mexico
U.S. Department of Commerce, August 9, 2013

Conference Sees Bright Future for U.S., Mexico
Hispanic Business, August 8, 2013

Mexico’s National Development Plan 2013-2018: Bring Mexico
to its Full Potential

NAFTA Works, July 2013

CalChamber Companies in the News

American Airlines brings new levels of luxury to transatlantic travel
with introduction of new long-range Boeing 777

Web Wire, August 12, 2013

GM to Invest $691 Million to Expand Production In Mexico
Mexico Today, July 29, 2013

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

WTO, OCTA hold first regional workshop on trade in services
for the Pacific

From the White House

Notice -- Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect
to Export Control Regulations

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Samaras
of Greece after Bilateral Meeting

Statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the Expiration of the Ban on Imports from Burma

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Sweden

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Commerce Department Data Show U.S. Travel
and Tourism Exports Contributed $87.1 Billion to U.S. Economy in First Six Months of 2013

New Data Show 17 States Reached Record Highs for Merchandise Exports in the First Half of 2013 According to U.S. Department of Commerce

State Economies Get Boost from Exports
**ITA Blog

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Up Close: U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment

USTR Froman Announces New Efforts to Strengthen Ties
with the East African Community Under President Obama’s Trade Africa Initiative

Remarks by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman
to the AGOA Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on “The Future of U.S.-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation”

United States and Peru Co-Host Workshops to Promote Trade
and Investment through Best Practices in Standardization
and Regulation

Progress for U.S.-Tunisia Small and Medium Business Initiative

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to Travel
to Tokyo, Japan and Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Trade Agreements

Perspectives: "Buy America" and the Future

The European Institute, July 2013

Asia-Pacific trade deal in 'end game' stage
The Hill, August 9, 2013

Japan, US hold trade talks linked to work toward trans-Pacific Partnership regional bloc
Associated Press, August 6, 2013


Immigration reform creates odd political alliances
Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2013

GOP Rep. Jeff Denham voices support for Senate immigration bill
The Washington Post, August 9, 2013

Schumer Sees Path to Passage of Immigration Bill
Associate Press, August 7, 2013


SB 516 (Steinberg) Foreign Labor Contractors

CalChamber Position: Oppose unless amended

Status: Passed Assembly Judiciary Committee with pending amendments on 8/13.

To Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The author committed to continue working with the Coalition (see letter below) on further amendments.

Approaches the real problem of human trafficking in an overly broad manner that will harm legitimate employers by imposing significant burdens on and risks to employers who hire workers from foreign countries. Provides barriers for California companies to hire foreign workers, potentially putting a strain on international economic relationships and future international student work exchanges. Could lead to countries moving their business to other states.

SB 516

Updated Coalition Letter to Assembly Judiciary 8/5/13

Bill version: 08/05/13 Amended

Bill Analysis: 08/12/2013 Assembly Committee On Judiciary (text )

Letter of support from Governor Brown for the STEP program re-authorization.

California STEP
The California State Trade and Export Promotion (California STEP) project combines a network of state, federal, private and non-profit trade promotion organizations in California to facilitate export promotion activities, serving targeted industries, to drive exports for small businesses.

'Job Killer' Bill Held on Senate Appropriations Committee
Suspense File

CalChamber, August 13, 2013

California Legislature faces raft of bills on volatile issues
Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2013

CalChamber-Opposed Bill Will Create Patchwork of Labor Laws Across California
CalChamber, August 9, 2013

'Job Killer' Bill Expands Discrimination Litigation
CalChamber, August 7, 2013

More International Articles

Kerry Works to Shore up Relations with Brazil
Associated Press in ABC News, August 13, 2013

Germany Set to Top G-7 Growth League
The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2013

Air Pollution Takes Toll on China's Tourism
Associated Press, August 13, 2013

Singapore Cuts Trade Outlook as China Slowdown Caps Recovery
Businessweek, August 11, 2013

Global Economy: Seeking European signs of sturdier global rebound
Reuters, August 11, 2013

Wales has biggest rise in inward investment projects in the UK
UKTI Statistics-United Kingdom, August 2013

Obama to Offer Greek Premier Support During Crisis
Associated Press, August 8, 2013

California exports in June rise a tiny amount
The Sacramento Bee, August 7, 2013

China policy mantra signals privatization, securitization: official
Reuters, August 7, 2013

Narrower Trade Gap to Boost Second-Quarter Growth: Economy
Bloomberg, August 6, 2013


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California STEP
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6/6/2013 - 10/8/2013
Go Global Webinar Series

9/7/2013 - 9/22/2013
America's Cup: San Francisco 2013

9/13/2013 - 9/15/2013
CIAPE 2013

9/16/2013 - 9/18/2013
U.S. - Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Guy Fox MIS Dinner

09/19/2013 - 09/26/2013
Trade Mission to Myanmar

9/25/2013 - 9/26/2013
The Americas Business Forum

9/26/2013 - 9/29/2013
Expo Pakistan

10/13/2013 - 10/20/2013
CA Trade & Investment Delegation to China

10/31/2013 - 11/1/2013
Select USA 2013 Investment Summit

11/28/2013 - 11/30/2013
Interwine China 2013

12/4/2013 - 12/7/2013

World Expo: Milan 


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