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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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U.S. – Saudi Business Opportunities Forum

Already the largest economy in the region and a key member of the G20, Saudi Arabia is undergoing an extraordinary economic boom. Massive public investment, rapid private-sector growth and new sector initiatives are driving an expansion projected to offer more than $1 trillion in trade and investment opportunities over the next decade.

This recent US-Saudi Forum was held September 16-18 in Los Angeles highlighting the U.S.-Saudi commercial and trade relationship and how U.S. companies can participate in Saudi Arabia’s expansion. Approximately 1,200 American and Saudi businesses, government officials, academics and opinion leaders were in attendance.


US-Saudi Forum Keynote: His Excellency Dr. Tawfig Alrabiah

Keynote Address: The Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Obama Trade Official Highlights the Positive Impact of Expanding the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Trade Relationship
ITA Blog, September 18, 2013

CalChamber Companies in the News

Almond Breeze Debuts in Japan!
Blue Diamond Growers (Sacramento, California, USA; CEO Mark D. Jansen) has signed a licensing contract with Marusan-Ai Co., Ltd. (Okazaki-shi, Aichi Prefecture) under which Marusan-Ai will market Almond Breeze, a new almond milk beverage, throughout Japan.
Blue Diamond Growers, September 23, 2013

The Safeway Foundation Helps Fight Childhood Obesity
with over $3 Million for Research and Prevention Programs
Asian Week, September 18, 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

WTO sees gradual recovery in coming months despite cut in trade forecasts

Trade Policy Review: Costa Rica

Director-General Azevêdo launches Global Seminar
on WTO Accessions

Azevêdo:“Many pending Bali issues are political,
capitals must be continuously engaged”

Indonesia files dispute against Australia over tobacco plain packaging

Azevêdo announces responsibilities of his Senior Leadership team

EU donates EUR 700,000 to enhance trade capacity
of developing countries

From the White House

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

Remarks by the President at the Meeting of the Export Council

Remarks by the President at the Business Roundtable

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Obama Trade Official Expands Collaboration
with AMCHAM Shanghai
 *ITA Blog

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

Readout of U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman’s Meeting
with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo

Ambassador Froman Highlights TPP and TPA, Participates
in President's Export Council Meeting at White House

Ambassador Froman Joins Vice President Biden in Mexico City
to Kick off the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

Trade Agreements

Readout of this week’s Trans-Pacific Partnership discussions
in Washington, DC

USTR, September 20, 2013

Merkel’s Victory for the Transatlantic Economy
AICGS, September 23, 2013

Why you should care about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Washington Business Journal, September 17, 2013


U.S. International Trade Commission
Public Hearing:

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

NASA Ames Research Center,
Mountain View, CA 94035

Information on how to participate

Nancy Pelosi may introduce immigration reform bill
Politico, September 23, 2013

Emerging Market Tourist Spend Boosts U.S. Travel: Economy
Bloomberg, September 23, 2013


CalChamber Reports Status of Major Bills
for Business at Close of Legislative Year

CalChamber, September 23, 2013

Chamber of Commerce successful against most 'job killer' bills
Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2013

AB 1400 (Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy) Export documents: expiration.

Position: Support

Facilitates exporting and improves the business climate in California by reducing delays in processing necessary documents for California exporters.

Bill Versions: 09/16/2013 Enrolled and to Governor

JETRO Message to California Business Circle: "Innovation-minded business eco-system that integrates California and Japan"
JETRO, September 2013

More International Articles

Canada July Retail-Sales Rebound Boosts Recovery Argument
Bloomberg, September 24, 2013

Argentina's August Trade Surplus Tumbles 59% to $568 Million
The Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2013

Under new WTO head, race for December trade deal picks up pace
Reuters, September 20, 2013

EU-Singapore Trade Text Released, Due to Apply Around End-2014
Bloomberg, September 20, 2013

Obama Calls Record U.S. Exports a Big ‘Bright Spot’ in Recovery
Businessweek, September 19, 2013

Japan Export Gains Offer Growth Momentum as Sales-Tax Rise Looms
Bloomberg, September 18, 2013

Obama faces heavy lift with India trade relations
Politico, September 18, 2013

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

China's interest grows in joining an Asia-Pacific trade deal
The Hill, September 17, 2013


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

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

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

INCO Terms Seminar

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

UNA-USA SF Area Council Luncheon

Advanced Management of an Import/Export Business

9/29/2013 - 10/9/2013
Trade Mission to Japan?
Expanding Horizons for Small Business

Re-Shoring for Exporting Roundtable

KITA Seminar and Reception?

10/8/2013 - 10/9/2013
West Coast Economic Summit

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

12/7/2013 - 12/14/2013
Cuba Educational & Policy Trip

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

World Expo: Milan 


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