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Challenges of Trade and Investment in Europe

Category: Luncheons
Date(s) and Time(s): Friday, Jul 29, 2005, 11:30 AM - Friday, Jul 29, 2005, 01:30 PM
Venue: China One Int\'l Buffet
Address: 525 Water St.
City / State / Country: Santa Cruz / CA / US
Organizer / Promoter: MBITA
Phone: 831-335-4780
Email: cristina@mbita.org
URL: http://www.mbita.org
Description: The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) (www.mbita.org), a non-profit public/private partnership dedicated to promoting small to mid-sized businesses in the global marketplace, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Monterey (www.export.gov) cordially invite you to the Santa Cruz Chapter luncheon meeting \'Challenges of Trade and Investment in Europe.\'

Guest speakers

Antonio Estevez, Economic/Commercial Consul of the Trade Commission of Spain in Los Angeles (us.spainbusiness.com) will talk about the recent development of the Spanish economy—the economic and commercial relations between U.S. and Spain evolution and future prospects—and the major business opportunities in the Spanish economy—biotechnology, water and waste treatment, renewable energies, chemicals, hospitality, education and publishing industry, public transportation management (railway, highway), food and beverages and home related industries.

Zygmunt Janiec, Head of Economic and Commercial Division of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles (www.polishconsulatela.com) , will talk about trade and investment opportunities in Poland. With 38.2 million people, Poland is the sixth largest EU country. The U.S. has roughly 3% of Poland’s import market, selling $759 million worth of products and services in 2003. However volume is expected to increase steadily due to a depreciated U.S. Dollar, reduced tariffs on a range of U.S. products, increased domestic demand and a continued overall affinity for U.S. products. Investment opportunities are in industry sectors such as automotive, software engineering, electronic equipment, aviation, food and food processing Zygmunt Janiec was previously General Manager of Foreign Investors Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Warsaw. Prior to this Dr. Janiec was the Polish Commercial Counselor of Poland in the Middle East (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman).

MBITA Member Franz Helbig, President of Monterey Venture Partners, LLC (www.montereyvp.com) will review key current economic, investment and trade conditions in Germany. He will position the country in the context of European and global competition for investment capital and export sourcing. As the third largest economy of the world, Germany has emerged as one of the key pillars of globalization, along with the U.S., China and India. Its leadership in many high technology fields, Germany remains a major target of successful foreign direct investment, centrally located in the prosperous 500 million people European market. The country\'s venture capital sector is in top three of the world, along with the U.S. and the U.K., a sure sign that innovation and business development are encouraged and supported by policy and funding. Major segments that are the focus of German investment activities include communications, biotechnology, medical devices, services and consumer goods. Franz will outline what makes investing in Germany attractive and what are critical issues for success there.

Phillip Kunze, Director, Industrial Investment Council (www.iic.de) will talk about investment opportunities with eastern Germany. With a total volume of US$2,400 trillion, Germany is the largest economy in Europe offering excellent opportunities for trade and investment for Californian companies. The country provides both access to a vast number of clients, individuals as well as corporations and a value-for-money location for product engineering or manufacturing in eastern Germany. Germany’s key industries with outstanding growth opportunities include photovoltaic, information technology and semiconductors, services and the large automotive industry.

Eva Boswell, Trade Commissioner of Innovation Norway (www.invanor.no/sf) will discuss trade and investment opportunities in Norway. Innovation Norway is the international arm of Norway’s commercial industry and research, a non-profit government organization that operates in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General. Working closely with political and economic leaders across borders, the focus is on value creation and matchmaking between international parties in the areas of IT, biotech/agri/food, energy and renewable energy, marine, and general goods.

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Visit http://www.mbita.org/europe.html for information about U.S./Europe trade issues.

Attendance fee:
Online registration $25 members; $30 non members ;
PAY @ door $30 members; $35 non members -
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