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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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UC Professor Explains China in Transition at CalChamber Gathering
CalChamber, September 17, 2013

U.S. International Trade Commission
Public Hearings:

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is seeking information for two hearings:

1. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 9:30 a.m.:
Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies
Written comments due by:
Friday, March 21, 2014

2. Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9:30 a.m.:
Trade Barriers that U.S. SMEs Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union

Written comments due by: October 15, 2013

Location for both events:
NASA Ames Research Center,
Mountain View, CA 94035

Information on how to participate

CalChamber Companies in the News

PG&E Unveils Energy Statement in Chinese 
to Help Customers Better Understand and Manage Energy Use

Herald Online, September 12, 2013

Trade Policy

Canada-United States
Regulatory Cooperation Council –
Request for Input

The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council is inviting stakeholders, Canadians and Americans alike, to contribute their views on how to reinforce, institutionalize, and expand efforts at regulatory cooperation between Canada and the U.S.

See Federal Register and (type keyword "Regulatory Cooperation Council" or Docket ID# OMB-2013-0004). These highlight a number of key areas where the RCC is seeking input until October 11, 2013.

For further information, see

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: Viet Nam

Advanced course on regional trade agreements begins

Registration for the WTO Public Forum closes in one week

Russia joins WTO’s Information Technology Agreement

From the White House

Statement by the Press Secretary the President’s Travel to Asia

Update on the Vice President's Travel to Panama and Mexico

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Letta of Italy

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker,
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Co-chair the Launch
of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

International Buyer Program Leads the Pack
at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013

**ITA Blog

Commerce Secretary Pritzker Announces Representatives
from More than 60 Countries to Attend SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

NextGen Solutions Vendors Guide Brings State-of-the-Art Air Traffic Management to Global Clients
**ITA Blog

From the U.S. Trade Representative

U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces FY 2014 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products

Readout of the Meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Turkey’s Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan

Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Mid-Year Review Seeks Steps Forward, Solutions, in U.S.-China Trade Relationship

Minority-led small businesses in the U.S. contribute
to the global economy, boost U.S. growth

USTR Holds Public Hearing on Section 301 Investigation of Ukraine

"Strengthening the U.S.-Brazil Trade and Investment Partnership
for the 21st Century" Remarks by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro

Trade Agreements

United States and Brazil Hold Second Meeting of the Commission
on Economic and Trade Relations under the United States-Brazil Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation

USTR, September 13, 2013


House Should Get Immigration Reform Done by Year’s End
The California Chamber of Commerce and a large coalition of local chambers of commerce also have urged the Republican majority to adopt comprehensive national immigration reform this year.
The Sacramento Bee, September 16, 2013

U.S. Government to Investigate India's Trade
and Investment Restrictions

Diamond Intelligence, September 12, 2013


SR 20 (Emmerson)

Topic: Relative to trade relations with Europe

The CA Senate urges the President and the US Senate to respectively negotiate and ratify the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement with the European Union.

Adopted. (Ayes 35. Noes 0.)

Bill Versions:
09/16/2013 Enrolled
09/11/2013 Introduced

California Chamber Kills All But One Bill on Its 'Job-Killer' List
All but one of the 38 bills the California Chamber of Commerce identified as "job killers" died. 
The Sacramento Bee in CalChamber, September 16, 2013

California Legislature curbs spending impulse
"We are pleased with our success," said Denise Davis, a spokeswoman for the Chamber. "We fought hard and made sure legislators understood how bad these proposed job killers would have been for California jobs and our economy."
Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2013

Photo Release: Governor Brown Expands Partnership with China
to Combat Climate Change

Governor's Office, September 13, 2013

More International Articles

EU calls on Russia to stop extra border checks from Lithuania
Reuters, September 17, 2013

EU ready for talks with China on pact paving way for free trade
Reuters, September 17, 2013

Germans distrust Brussels, want UK to stay in EU: poll
Reuters, September 17, 2013

U.S. Chamber Delegation to Geneva Presses for New Trade Pacts
US Chamber of Commerce, September 16, 2013

Indian Inflation Unexpectedly Quickens Before Rajan Review
Bloomberg, September 16, 2013

Shanghai Free Trade Zone to Help China Competitiveness, Kim Says
Businessweek, September 15, 2013

EU warns Russia over trade 'threats' to ex-Soviet bloc
BBC News--UK, September 12, 2013

U.S. export prices fall for 6th straight month; import prices flat
Reuters, September 12, 2013

China’s Bottom Line: Slower GDP Growth, but With Steady Employment
Businessweek, September 12, 2013

Insight: Changing China set to shake world economy, again
Reuters, September 10, 2013


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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

9/18/2013 - 9/22/2013
California Week Shanghai 2013

9/19/2013 - 9/20/2013
California Asian Business Summit

9/19/2013 - 9/20/2013
Russian Innovation Week Conference

9/19/2013 - 09/26/2013
Trade Mission to Myanmar

Start Your Own Import/Export Business

Digital Trade in the U.S. and Global Economies

Sacramento Roundtable: Trade Barriers Affecting the US

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

International Trade Finance: Methods of Payment

Invest Chile Forum

San Jose Hearing: Trade Barriers Affecting the US

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

Advanced Management of an Import/Export Business

9/29/2013 - 10/9/2013
Trade Mission to Japan?

Expanding Horizons for Small Business

West Coast Trade/Export Finance Conference 

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

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

10/16/2013 - 10/20/2013
Trade Expo Indonesia 2013?

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

11/6/2013 - 11/13/2013
Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Mexico?

11/14/2013 - 11/15/2013
K-Tech Conference & Expo

Latina Style Business Series

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

12/4/2013 - 12/7/2013

Global Callifornia Conference

1/13/2014 - 1/14/2014
International Investment Forum Chile 2014

World Expo: Milan 


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