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Trade Update - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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Featured Headlines


CalChamber Luncheon Highlights Mexico’s Energy Reform, Investment Opportunities
CalChamber, May 4, 2016

After long delay, U.S. Senate approves envoy to Mexico
Reuters, April 28, 2016



World Trade Month:
The Importance of Global Trade

U.S. Department of Commerce, May 3, 2016

California celebrates National
Travel and Tourism Week

Visit California, May 7, 2016


The Coalition for TPP invites you to sign onto a letter to congress. A sample of the letter can be found here. Please click here to add your organization’s name to the letter based on your state – each Member of Congress will receive a letter unique to their state. Once you sign on, please share with colleagues throughout California! The deadline for sign on is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, May 13.


CalChamber Companies in the News

Thousands Flood Shanghai Disney, and It Won't Open for Weeks
Bloomberg, May 8, 2016

Southwest Airlines planning new flights to Mexico,
CEO Gary Kelly says

Aviation Blog, May 3, 2016

UPS Earnings Exceed Analyst Estimates on Strong U.S. Results
American Journal of Transportation, April 28, 2016

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

DG Azevêdo: Time to move from reflection to action

DG Azevêdo calls for action to provide trade finance
for small businesses

WTO launches call for proposals for 2016 Public Forum

From the White House

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel
to Vietnam and Japan

Remarks by the President on the Economy

Remarks by the President at the 2016 Cinco de Mayo Reception

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Caribbean and Central American Energy Summit

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

Readout of Vice President Biden's Meeting with President Salvador Sánchez-Cerén of El Salvador, President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala, and President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Op-Ed -- America is Open for Business

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on International Trade in Goods and Services in March 2016

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Statement by the United States at the Informal Meeting
of WTO Heads of Delegation

United States and Australia Review Progress Under Bilateral FTA

Joint Statement on the 12th Joint U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade
and Investment Framework Council Meeting

Trade Agreements

President Obama: The TPP would let America, not China, lead the way on global trade
By President Obama, Featured in the Washington Post, May 2, 2016

U.S. Trade Representative Highlights How Los Angeles Economy will Benefit from Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
USTR, May 2016

Commerce Secretary Pritzker Addresses Impact of TPP
on Trade Relationships in the Western Hemisphere

U.S. Department of Commerce, May 6, 2016

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – State of Play
European Commission, April 27, 2016


Ag advisors prepare for trade talks
ABC News, May 6, 2016

Strong U.S. services sector data buoys economic outlook
Reuters, May 4, 2016

U.S. State Department's History of U.S. Ambassadors
State Department, May 3, 2016

Remarks at the Council of the Americas' 46th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas/ U.S.-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit Reception
Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry, May 3, 2016


Travelers to California spent a record $122.5 billion in 2015
The Sacramento Bee, May 6, 2016

California exports continue to lag last year’s figures
The Sacramento Bee, May 4, 2016

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Governor's Office, May 4, 2016

Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Small Business Month
Governor's Office, May 3, 2016

Spotlight On ... Andrew Grant, CEO, Northern California World Trade Center
Sacramento Business Journal, April 29, 2016

CalChamber Attends Chile-California Council Meeting
CalChamber, April 28, 2016

CalChamber Identifies 13th Job Creator Bill    

More International Articles

Obama to become first sitting president to visit Hiroshima
Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2016

British exit risk casts shadow over EU's economic hopes
Associated Press, May 10, 2016

Lew, Lawmakers Intensify Puerto Rico Bill Push After Default
Bloomberg, May 9, 2016

Capital Economics sees positives in China's April trade data
CNBC, May 8, 2016

Geoffrey Pyatt is the New US Ambassador to Greece
Greek Reporter, May 6, 2016

EU, Japan seek to conclude free trade deal this year, May 5, 2016

China to invest $11.9 billion in aviation infrastructure in 2016: Xinhua
Reuters, May 5, 2016

Spanish Economy Shows Resilience in April Despite Politics
Bloomberg, May 4, 2016

Ambassador praises Canada-U. S. relationship
The Record, May 4, 2016

Two countries, one Congress, and no time left
The Hill, May 2, 2016





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