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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our next Council for International Trade Update will publish on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

From all of us at the California Chamber of Commerce, we wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous new year!

Susanne Stirling, Vice President, International Affairs
Mary Douglass, Administrative Assistant,
International Affairs

Ann Amioka, Vice President, Communications
Steve Dormann, Managing Web Editor
Sara Espinosa, Publications Editor
Neil Ishikawa, Art Director
Cheryl O’Neal, Communications Assistant

Featured Headlines

Gathering Highlights Trade Link to U.S. Jobs
U.S. Ambassador Siddiqu Speaks to CalChamber
CalChamber, December 16, 2014

Governor Brown to be Sworn In,
Deliver Inaugural Address on January 5th
in Sacramento

Governor's Office, December 8, 2014

Assembly Names Committee Leaders
CalChamber Alert, December 5, 2014

2015 Pictorial Roster: California Constitutional/Statewide Officers

CalChamber Companies in the News

Southwest Airlines to add Belize flights
The Arizona Republic, December 11, 2014

Coca-Cola Donates $200,000 to Liberia to Fight Ebola
Breitbart, December 10, 2014

Trade Policy

Remarks at the 20th Anniversary
of the Summit of the Americas

Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. State Department,
December 10, 2014

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: United States of America

Members prepare for 200-day push on GI register portion
of post-Bali programme

DG Azevêdo urges members to remain actively engaged on ITA

Nairobi, Kenya to host 10th WTO Ministerial Conference

Let’s make sure 2015 will be a year to remember
for the WTO – Azevêdo

Azevêdo: Accessions work is a WTO priority

Hong Kong, China first to ratify WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement

From the White House

The Economy in 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit
of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

Remarks by the President at Meeting of the Export Council

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks
at Meeting of the President’s Export Council

Deadline Approaching: Credential for 25th Session
of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Remarks from U.S.Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
on the Importance of Travel Opportunities
at the White House Travel Bloggers Summit

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Michael Punke at the 12th WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States of America

Statement on Meeting of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement
(KORUS) Joint Committee

Statement by WTO Ambassador Michael Punke
on the Information Technology Agreement Expansion

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Preview Upcoming U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Statement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
on the Out-of-Cycle Review of India

Transcript of Press Gaggle with U.S. Trade Representative Froman
and European Commissioner for Trade Malmstrom


U.S. Congress closes out year without passing IMF reforms
Reuters, December 10, 2014

Congress reaches deal for $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill
Reuters, December 10, 2014

Businesses See Revenues, Employment Growing in 2015, ISM Says
The Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2014


'Cal Facts' offers snapshot of state's finances, demographics, trends
Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2014

IRS Announces 2015 Standard Mileage Rates;
Business Rate Increases

CalChamber, December 12, 2014

Study: Almond industry contributes $21.5 billion to economy
Capital Press, December 12, 2014

Economic Advisory Council: California's Recovery Relatively Strong
CalChamber, December 10, 2014

More International Articles

Bank of Japan business survey shows tepid outlook
Associated Press, December 15, 2014

Russian Industrial Output Unexpectedly Drops Amid Ruble Debacle
Bloomberg, December 15, 2014

US West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries
Reuters, December 12, 2014

Free Market Guru Attali Inspires Hollande’s New Economic Push
Bloomberg, December 10, 2014

France makes new effort to encourage hiring
Associated Press, December 10, 2014

U.S. Senate confirms ambassadors to Afghanistan, India
Reuters, December 9, 2014

Commerce Ministry relieves Foreign Investor’s Worries
on the Amendment of the Thai Foreign Business Act

Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, November 17, 2014

Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) - "patent possible
on retail store layout"

Apple wins in principle case on trademark registration in Europe
Jyllands-Posten-Denmark, August 11, 2014



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