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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Brian Peck, 54, of Huntington Beach, has been appointed deputy director of international affairs and business development at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

Governor Brown Announces Appointments
Governor's Office, August 14, 2013

Jerry Brown Fills Cabinet Secretary Post, After All
Sacramento Bee, August 15, 2013

Trade Barriers That U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union; Institution of Investigation and Scheduling of Hearing

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking information for a report that will identify trade-related barriers that U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) perceive as disproportionately (as compared to large firms) affecting their exports to the European Union (EU). SMEs, associations with SMEs in their membership, and interested stakeholders are encouraged to respond to the Federal Register Notice request for comment on trade barriers affecting U.S. SME exports to the EU.

Full text of Federal Register Notice

Written comments due by October 15, 2013. Requests to appear at hearing due by September 13, 2013.

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

CalChamber Companies in the News

KPMG Signs On As Founding Partner Of 2014 Special Olympics USA Games June 14-21
PR Newswire, August 19, 2013

GE Unveils Onshore Wind Farm in Estonia
Zacks, August 15, 2013

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

Director-General Elect Azevêdo announces his four Deputy Directors-General

UN Secretary-General appoints Arancha Gonzalez of Spain as ITC Executive Director

WTO puts innovation and Bali Ministerial issues on agenda of 2013 Public Forum

From the White House

The AGOA Forum: Promoting Sustainable Growth in Africa through Trade and Technology

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Top Business Leaders to Participate in SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces $2.5 Million in Investments to Strengthen Innovation and Economic Growth Initiatives

From the U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Trade Representative Froman Welcomes WTO Leadership Announcement

Trade Agreements

“Japan, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific in the 21st Century” Remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Japan National Press Club August 19, 2013
USTR, August 19, 2013

New Zealand envoy sees U.S. willing to deal in Asia-Pacific trade talks
Reuters, August 16, 2013

Two Years Of Free Trade Between Canada And Colombia
Sacramento Bee, August 15, 2013


U.S. boosted by digital trade but internet barriers remain -report
Reuters, August 15, 2013

Jobless Claims in U.S. Decline to Lowest Level Since 2007
Bloomberg, August 15, 2013


CalChamber, Coalition Opposing Overly Broad Foreign Worker Proposal
CalChamber, August 16, 2013

Assembly, Senate Poised to Consider Bills Harmful to State’s Economic Recovery
CalChamber, August 19, 2013

Dan Walters: California data bank could fill big knowledge gap
Sacramento Bee, August 18, 2013

Job Creator Encouraging International Trade/Tourism Moves in Senate
CalChamber, August 16, 2013

California jobs report: Expect modest growth in certain industries
LA Times, August 15, 2013

JETRO Message to California Business Circle: “Thoughts on the collaborative agricultural relationship between California and Japan”
JETRO, August 2013

More International Articles

U.S. pushes for more access to Japan auto, insurance markets
Reuters, August 19, 2013

Japan’s Exports Rise Most Since ’10 as Deficit Swells: Economy
Bloomberg, August 18, 2013

China to Ease Foreign Investment Rules for New Free Trade Zones
Bloomberg, August 17, 2013

US Official Talks Trade in Taiwan
Voice of America, August 16, 2013

EU requests WTO panel on Chinese duties on steel tubes
Reuters, August 16, 2013

Russia accused of trade war against Ukraine
Associated Press, August 15, 2013

Easy Credit Dries Up, Choking Growth in China
New York Times, August 15, 2013

Obama to Meet Nordic Leaders in September
Associated Press, August 15, 2013

Germany poised to overtake U.S. as world's No.2 exporter this year: DIHK
Reuters, August 15, 2013

Eurozone comes out of recession
BBC News-UK, August 14, 2013


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

Developing an Export Plan

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

Start Your Own Import/Export Business

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

International Trade Finance: Methods of Payment

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

Advanced Management of an Import/Export Business

10/11/2013 - 10/12/2013
Global Entreperneurship Summit 2013

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

Latina Style Business Series

12/4/2013 - 12/7/2013

World Expo: Milan 


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