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View presentations from the 10th annual Global California conference Dec. 5, 2013 - Topic: the Latin American marketplace and the bilateral trade and investment opportunities
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This conference was held recently in Silicon Valley.  Click the link or scroll below for access to the conference presentations. 
http://www.mbita.org/events/presentations/2013/theamericas.html

The Americas – A Plethora of Business Opportunity for U.S. Companies
The 10th annual Global California conference will be held at NestGSV in Silicon Valley, (Redwood City) Ca., with this year's theme focusing on the Latin American marketplace and the bilateral trade and investment opportunities that exist now for businesses of all sizes.
Public and Private sector representatives from Brazil, Chile, Colombia,Mexico and Peru will address the conference attendees on why 'The Americas' marketplace is hot, especially for California companies.
Additionally, a special 'take-action' roundtable will be conducted in the afternoon session of the conference where attendees will be able to interact and meet leading trade promotion service providers in the trade finance, legal, marketing, education, advocacy and logistics business sectors.



The Americas - A Plethora of Business Opportunities for U.S. Companies
10th annual Global California Conference
Dec. 5, 2013 - Redwood City, CA

The Other Special Relationship - Public
Fernando Franco, Trade & Investment Deputy Commissioner, ProMexico
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Healthy food products are not only tasteful but also convenient - Private
Carolina Castelazo Miranda, Co-Founder & CFO, HOM Foods
View BioView Presentation.

Colombia: Investment and Trade Opportunities - Public
Santiago Ospina, Trade & Investment Representative San Francisco Bay Area, Proexport Colombia
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101 to Develop an Effective Operation in LATAM: Saving Cost & Minimizing the Risk - Private
Francisco Rojas, President, Bees2Biz
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Richard Soyombo, Director, Bay Area Center For International Trade Development (CITD)
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Brazil and California - Trade & Investment Opportunities - Public
Juliano Alves Pinto, Deputy Consul and Head of the Trade Section (SECOM),Consulate-General of Brazil, San Francisco. View Bio. View Presentation.

Business Opportunities in Brazil: Before and After the Mega Events
- Private 
Stephen Scheibe, President, Allabroad.org. View Bio. View Presentation.

How the US.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Expanded our Reach into Chile - Private 
Eloy Retamal, President, EUR Consulting & Development, Inc.
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The Art of Doing Business with Peru - Private
Victor Florian, CEO, Rocca International USA
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Maria Bonilla-Giuriato, Central Coast Regional Director, Latin Business Association (LBA)
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Rick Rasmussen, VP Business Development, nestGSV
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Exploring Business with Brazil - An Overview on Hot Opportunities for California Companies - Keynote
Alex Nascimento, Chief Strategy Officer, 7BrazilConsulting; UCLA Marketing Strategy Professor. View Bio
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Doing Business in Central America, Let CAFTA Work for You
Aileen Crowe Nandi, Commercial Officer, Silicon Valley U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. DOC Foreign Commercial Service. View Bio View Presentation

How Exporters Can Grow Internationally with IOR/EOR Services and Support
Sergio Retamal, President & CEO, Global4PL Supply Chain ManagementView Bio. View Presentation

Don't let trade compliance issues slow down your global supply chain
Deep SenGupta, President, Trade & Customs Advisory Services (TCAS),FedEx Trade Networks Trade Services. View Bio. View Presentation

How to Extend Competitive Payment Terms to Latin America
Robina Peanh, Regional Manager, International Insurance Services,Meridian Finance Group. View Bio.
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Maximize Profits: Tax Considerations for California Companies Operating in Latin America
Harry-Todd Astrov, Principal, ASTROV P.C. View Bio. View Presentation

Identifying New Clients in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil , Panama and Colombia
Joe Davis, West Coast Sales Executive, PIERS. View Bio. 
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Intellectual Property Rights and Exports
Soody Tronson, Counselor at Law, STLGip.com. View Bio. 
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How to use Ex-Im Bank credit and finance programs to strengthen your export business 
David Josephson, Western Managing Director, Ex-Im Bank
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Temporary (E-1/E-2) and Permanent (EB-5) Visas for Entrepreneurs and Super-Investors
Martin J. Lawler, Attorney, Lawler & Lawler. View Bio. View Presentation

Financing Options for Renewable Energy in Latin America
Pedro Castaneda, President, Provia International
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Selling to the Latin America Marketplace. There is much more than translation to reach your target audience
Carla Itzkowich, President, International Contact, Inc. View Bio.View Presentation

Translation/Interpretation in the Age of Instant Communication
Keith Ensminger, Principal, Kramer Translations. View Bio. View Presentation

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Justin Mallen of Silk Road Telecommunication talks about 20 years of doing buinsess in China at Silicon Dragon Shanghai 2013 event
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View the 17 minute video of Justin talking about how doing business in China has changed over his 20 year career there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOjwY0h8pMM

For other videos and information about the event check out:
http://www.silicondragonventures.com/Pages/SiliconDragonShanghai2013.aspx



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World Economic Forum Report: Good Practice Guidelines on Conducting Third-Party Due Diligence
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[GBP NOTE: This is a free report from the World Economic Forum posted April 2013.  Highlights include extensive Internal and External DD questionnaires and a sample Red Flag Checklist.]


Good Practice Guidelines on Conducting Third-Party Due Diligence
From the forward:
Companies conducting business overseas face growing legal and reputational risks. These risks have become even more important because of increasingly complex business regulations worldwide, mounting pressure from regulators, enforcement agencies and civil society, and a dramatic increase in levels of business carried out in higher risk jurisdictions.

In the field of anti-corruption in particular, due diligence obligations on third parties have recently expanded in the wake of various laws such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. Under most of these laws, corporate criminal liability can be triggered when the bribe is paid by or through a third party. Companies are therefore incentivized to look into the details of transactions and their related third parties to identify and avoid the risk that third parties could bribe on their behalf.

In 2011, the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) launched a working group charged with developing Good Practice Guidelines on Conducting Third Party Due Diligence. The guidelines are aimed at helping organizations mitigate the risk of becoming involved in corruption through third parties (e.g. agents, suppliers, joint venture partners).


Download the full report here:
Good Practice Guidelines on Conducting Third-Party Due Diligence

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PIERS Free Report - China’s Impact on Manufacturing Exports of Other Developing Nations
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China’s Impact on Manufacturing Exports of Other Developing Nations

This paper brings to light the waning strength of China’s labor-intensive export manufacturing and its impact on manufacturing activity in other developing economies. Rising wages and labor shortages are prompting factory owners in China to relocate facilities inland or in many cases flee to other developing countries where wages are lower or competitive and supply of unskilled and semi-skilled workers is abundant.

The results suggest that China’s waning strength in labor-intensive exports is benefiting some developing economies more than others, while a few appear to not be benefiting at all.

Click the link below to register and download the full report:
http://www.zzz.piers.com/PIERSWW_Manufacturing

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Webcast replays of Stifel Nicolaus Transportation and Logistics Conference - February 12-13, 2013
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Stifel Nicolaus Transportation and Logistics Conference was held at The Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, Florida, on February 12-13, 2013.

The two-day event featured 30-minute company overviews, topical panel discussions and featured guest speakers with interaction and questions from the audience with over 60 leading public and private companies including the freight forwarding, logistics, trucking , railroad, parcel and intermodal industries.

Click here for links to webcasts:  https://statusproconf.com/Agenda/event/20

List of companies presenting:

Canadian National Railway Company
YRC Worldwide Inc.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Ryder System, Inc.
Quality Distribution, Inc.
XPO Logistics Inc.
Echo Global Logistics
Forward Air Corporation
Con-way Inc.
Saia Inc.
CSX Corporation
Werner Enterprises
Canadian Pacific Railway, Ltd.
Universal Truckload Services, Inc.
Kansas City Southern
Heartland Express Inc. of Iowa
Landstar System, Inc.
Student Transportation Inc.
FedEx Corporation
Norfolk Southern Corporation
TravelCenters of America
Swift Transportation
The Greenbrier Companies
GATX Corporation
Radiant Logistics, Inc.

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Primer on due diligence for exporters to China
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The following is one of the best primers on due diligence for exporters  to China that I've seen in a long time.  Although The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service says the purpose of the report is to "provide guidance to Canadian companies seeking to export products to China" it serves as good advice for exporters of all countries.  It has done an excellent job of covering 5 major export issues:

1. Who Are Your Customers?

2. Exporting To China - What Are The Rules?

3. Checking Out Your Business Partner

4. Financing The Deal

5. Visiting Chinese Delegations - Words of Caution


From The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service:

Due Diligence for Exporters - China


Click here for more information on doing business in China from the CTCS






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Opportunity to follow up on Obama's visit to Myanmar - Myanmar Private Sector Investment Summit - January 2013
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Attend Myanmar Private Sector Investment Summit (MPSIS) to Find Out How You Can Get a Head Start in Myanmar!


Together with the official Local Host, UMFCCI, Myanmar Private Sector Investment Summit (MPSIS) will zoom into the private sector led industries and reveal their prospects and offer insights on how foreign investors can take part in these booming sectors:

- Trading Opportunities in Myanmar
- Myanmar's Retail Growth
- Development of Manufacturing in Myanmar
- Opportunities for Plantation / Agriculture in Myanmar
- Myanmar’s Tourism Growth and Opportunities in Hotel & Hospitality Sector
- Myanmar’s Construction & Real Estate Markets
- Outlook of the Forestry / Timber Products Sector in Myanmar
- Prospects of Fisheries Sector in Myanmar
- Developments in Transportation & Infrastructure in Myanmar

MPSIS gives you more than a conference agenda on investing in Myanmar. Find out about our specially designed
"MYANMAR IMMERSION PROGRAM"
which will help you to THINK LOCAL & ACT LOCAL.


Register Now
View the Program Agenda


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To search for business parks in South-East Asia visit Global Business Parks at:
South-East Asia Business Parks Industrial Parks and SEZs


Click here for a list of Business Parks and Industrial Parks in Vietnam:
Vietnam Business Parks and Industrial Estates


Click here for a list of Business Parks and Industrial Parks in Thailand:
List of Thailand Business Parks




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Speeches and Presentations from the World Export Development Forum 2012 in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 15 - 17
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The World Export Development Forum was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from October 15 - 17, 2012.  The main program with links to speeches and presentations can be found here:
http://www.intracen.org/policy/wedf/2012-programme/#Registration_day

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To search for business parks in South-East Asia visit Global Business Parks at:
South-East Asia Business Parks Industrial Parks and SEZs

Click here for a list of Business Parks and Industrial Parks in Vietnam:
Vietnam Business Parks and Industrial Estates

Click here for a list of Business Parks and Industrial Parks in Thailand:
List of Thailand Business Parks



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Aging workforce threatens China's low-value production status
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Aging workforce threatens China's low-value production status

Posted : August 09, 2012
Global Sources

Labor-intensive industries will be forced to move upscale or automate facilities to sustain operations.

With first-generation migrant laborers nearing retirement age, what propelled China to its status as the primary hub for low-cost production is now pushing the country out of this very position.

Labor-intensive industries such as toys, footwear, caps and textile products are expected to weaken in coming years as the current worker pool matures and labor shortages intensify.

Already, the latter has forced many factories in the southern and eastern provinces to close down in the past 12 months. Some plants have moved to second- or third-tier cities in the inland provinces of Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan. Costs in these areas are about 20 percent lower than in Guangdong province.

Other companies have transferred overseas, including to Bangladesh and Vietnam, where production remains inexpensive. Labor rates in Bangladesh are just one-fifth of China's.

Relocation, however, is a temporary measure as the economies of these alternative hubs flourish and costs start to rise.

China's graying workforce

China's labor pool is older than those in other low-cost manufacturing centers despite the emergence of a new generation of workers, although even that poses a separate challenge.

According to Ben Simpfendorfer, managing director of Silk Road Associates, LLC, the average worker age in China is 35, whereas it is 21 in Laos. Indonesia and Vietnam laborers are the second-oldest at 28.

China itself is aging. In a report on the Elderly Protection Act, the National People's Congress said that as of November 2010, China had 178 million people more than 60 years old. The elderly demographic will exceed 200 million by 2013 and hit 300 million by 2025. Further, in just 30 years, roughly one-third of China's total population will be over 60.

The working-age population, meanwhile, is expected to peak at 1 billion in 2013 then begin shrinking. Over the next 10 years, the number of people in China between 20 and 24 will drop by more than 20 percent, said the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, eventually erasing the country's demographic dividend.

Some industry pundits argue that relaxing or lifting the one-child policy will simply alleviate the worker decline, but not stop it.

Click here to read full article in Global Sources

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Reducing the Cost of Regulations by Using Data Standards
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Reducing the Cost of Regulations by Using Data Standards Posted 2012-08-21 in Baseline

XBRL data standards have a wide variety of uses across various industries and can reduce the cost of surveillance, increase efficiency in data reporting and help organizations use this information to clearly analyze the impact of regulations.

By Greg Carter


I am addicted to Sunday morning news programs, and my wife and I spend most Sundays reading various papers and listening to the topics du jour. Regulation, and more important, the cost of regulation, is a frequent topic of discussion. On a recent Sunday, there was an especially interesting discussion centered on advances in process management and technology that could reduce the cost of regulation for businesses and governments. The problem being discussed involved the level of administrative bureaucracy instituted by both regulators and businesses. The cost for businesses and agencies to pull together compliance data and normalize it is significant. However, by using data standards rather than technology standards, these organizations could dramatically reduce costs while increasing efficiencies.


Click here for full article in Baseline


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