CalChamber to Co-Host North America Trade Policy Luncheon

The future of trade policy in North America will be the focus of a noon luncheon and discussion co-hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 8.

The Canadian and Mexico Consulates General are presenting the luncheon with the CalChamber.

CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg were serve as moderator of the gathering. Speakers will include: Brandon A. Lee, consul general of Canada; Pedro Noyola, Ph.D., former undersecretary of trade and foreign investment and undersecretary of finance of Mexico, and representative of Mexico in various trade negotiations; and Andrew Grant, president and CEO, Northern California World Trade Center.

Trilateral trade within North America is one of the largest economic relationships in the world with more than $1 trillion in goods traded annually. In California alone, more than 1.6 million jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, and more than $100 billion in goods and services are traded between the two countries and California each year.

The CalChamber actively supported the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico. CalChamber support for NAFTA is based on an assessment that it serves the employment, trading and environmental interests of California, the United States, Canada and Mexico, and is beneficial to the business community and society as a whole.

 

RSVPs are due by March 3 to intlevents@calchamber.com. For more information, see the CalChamber calendar of events.

CalChamber Reiterates: Immigration Reform Critical for California’s Economic Future

The California Chamber of Commerce has a longstanding position as a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, which is crucial to California’s economic future.

California is home to nearly 3 million residents who are undocumented immigrants, but working and contributing to society. The state also has numerous economic sectors that are very dependent on immigrant labor, including the technology, agriculture and tourism industries.

Although the CalChamber has had the position for many years, it hasn’t highlighted immigration policy since 2013, when the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan, comprehensive reform legislation and the CalChamber was working hard to persuade the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a similar bill. Lack of consensus left the issue unresolved to this day.

An essential component of comprehensive immigration reform has always been stronger border security—for both political and policy reasons.

It is time to highlight the issue again because it appears that border security may be moving forward, and without the other essential pieces to comprehensive immigration reform, California’s economy could be in jeopardy.

The agricultural industry may suffer as workers are unable to move freely back and forth across borders. The technology industry will miss the H-1B visa program and could have to move facilities elsewhere in the world to attract the best talent.

“Today is no different than three-and-a-half years ago. Once again immigration policy appears to be dominated by those states that have no stake in the outcome,” said CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg. “We call on the California congressional delegation to protect California industries and push for comprehensive reform.”

 

Get to Know Your Elected Officials: 

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2017 CalChamber Business Issues and Legislative Guide:  Expanding Opportunity, An Agenda for All Californians

 

 

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