Major California Trade Conference in San Jose
Panelists from major business sectors to participate
SAN JOSE - 11/26/03 - TradePort, the Monterey Bay International Trade Association and the CalTrade Report will host "Global California: An Economy in Transition" on December 5, 2003 at the Cisco Conference Center in San Jose.
The day-long conference will address the future of global trade services in California and how recent developments will impact the state of California's global economy.
"Exports from California support one out of every ten jobs in the state. With the recent shut-down, due to budget constraints, of the state's international trade and investment offices abroad, there is an urgent need to focus our resources to address this important economic driver," said Sean Randolph, president of the Bay Area Economic Forum. "We need to ask ourselves how important the global market is to California's economy. This event will be the first time that the state's trade leaders will gather together to address these new challenges."
Topics to be discussed include key California industries targeted for global growth; the role of state government in facilitating trade; developments in eLogistics technology; international trade as an engine of regional economic development; and the global opportunities and challenges facing the state's international traders.
Panel participants from leading California business development and trade organizations will represent a broad spectrum of industry and trade-related sectors including finance, logistics, agriculture, economics, manufacturing, technology, trade promotion, economic development, and international marketing.
Confirmed speakers include Greg Mignano, director - Pacific USEAC Network, US Department of Commerce; Esther Vicente, director - export programs, California Department of Food & Agriculture; Rod Ballance, executive director, Global Trade Center of the Inland Empire; Jerry Levine, president, Mentor International; Moises Cisneros, international trade manager, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Sean Randolph, president, Bay Area Economic Forum; and Jerry Bridges, director of maritime operations, Port of Oakland.
Also participating will be Joe Harrison, executive director, California Council for International Trade; Jose Duenas, executive director, Bay Area World Trade Center; Bernard Weiss, statewide director, Centers for International Trade Development; Barbara Harley, executive director, Silicon Valley International Business Incubator; Dr. William Goldsborough, principal, Logistics Alliance Strategies; Hugh Constant, vice president, San Diego World Trade Center; Carlos Valderrama, director of Latin American operations, Carlsmith Ball LLP; and Dr. John Husing, president, Economics & Politics Inc.
The conference will be highlighted by a web-conference "question-and-answer" session with US Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the US Commercial Service, Carlos Poza.
Poza - a veteran trade officer with extensive service in Guatemala, Panama, Mexico and Chile, and a graduate of both Yale and Johns Hopkins - will offer his insights on the recently-crafted Free Trade Agreement of the Americas and the Chile-US Free Trade Agreement, and the opportunities the trade pacts hold for California-based international traders.
TradePort is an international business consortium of the Bay Area Economic Forum, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Monterey Bay International Trade Association.
The conference is sponsored by Cisco Systems; the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; PIERS-Global Intelligence Solutions; the Northern California World Trade Center; the Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development; the Bay Area World Trade Center; the California-Asia Business Council; the Taiwan Trade Center; COFACE; TradeSense; the Corporation for International Business; the Centers for International Trade Development; the Bay Area Economic Forum; and the Silicon Valley Association of Start-Up Entrepreneurs.
Individuals or parties interested in attending or exhibiting at the conference can register at www.tradeport.org, by e-mailing email@example.com, or by calling 831-469-0148.
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