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its new member Patrick Mulcahy, President and Founder of Team
China/California LLC. Team Team China California, LLC is a marketing
services consulting company with the experience to help small businesses
achieve their objectives in China. The company has been involved in
joint venture development projects in China since 1984.
nearly two decades of experience, the company has built strong relationships,
providing valuable business introductions to potential Chinese partners.
would like to announce the upcoming seminar 'The Insiders' Secrets
to Doing Business with China'.
Here's how to
get your share of the world's fastest growing market. All while
enjoying yourself in an in-depth, tax-deductible, Grand Tour of
With both meetings
and sightseeing in Beijing, Shanghai, and on a spectacular Yangtze
River cruise, you'll learn how to make money in China, while visiting
and meeting important contacts.
A luxury tour
unlike any other, you'll be traveling alongside and hob-nobbing
with some of the world's most knowledgeable experts on doing business
with China. You'll meet Chinese officials, experienced China trade
experts, Sino-USA business representatives, plus U.SA. government
trade officials who will smooth your way into the Chinese market.
You'll be staying
in world-class 5-star hotels, including the famed Shangri-La in
Shanghai, and you'll be personally guided through sites that make
China today's most exciting travel destination, including the Great
Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Three Gorges Dam, and more.
in Beijing, Shanghai, and aboard a luxury cruise ship up the Yangtze
will teach you
- How to meet
your best China trading partners, including manufacturing, distribution,
- Vital marketing,
finance, legal and tax issues for both exporters and importers
examples of how to create market entry strategies
and outsourcing (make the connection)
- What are
the unique market opportunities (not the obvious),
- How you can
capitalize on the opening of China's financial market
- Where to
find new investment opportunities
- Find the
best sectors for exports of environmental technologies
- What type
of legal agreements do you need
- Learn how
to jump start your business in China
- Learn from
seminars by top legal and accounting experts
- Where to
find new investment opportunities; how do you invest in infrastructure
- Learn from
trade briefings from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Foreign Assistance
experts in Beijing and Shanghai
- Find new
business opportunities in the Middle-Kingdom
- How to follow
up on new business leads after you're back home!
Secrets tour is personally hosted by Patrick Mulcahy, the pioneer
who helped open doors for countless American companies who have
followed him into China trade since 1984. Mr. Mulcahy is in his
second term as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce's District
Export Council. He has recently returned from Beijing, where he
was a delegate to the Environmental Roundtable as part of Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Trade Mission to China.
this affordably-priced tour will be completely tax deductible for
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MBITA member Bob Edgren,
the latest from Ukraine
Edgren, MBITA Member
On March 23,
2006 President Bush signed a bill normalizing trade relations with
the country of Ukraine. So what does this mean? What opportunity
does this present? It is not the purpose of this article to provide
sources or direct links to trade with Ukraine. Most of my trade
knowledge comes from other Americans and foreigners, the American
Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, and a few trade consultants and
groups who trade with Ukraine.
I have been
traveling to Ukraine for seven years. Each year I make a list of
items, mainly consumer goods that could be brought over. Every year
my list gets smaller as entrepreneurs quickly fill gaps. There exists
many opportunities both in trade and investment in this dynamic
country. However, I think it is equally important before one takes
a business venture, to analyze the political and social temperature
before making a move, and of course to be constantly vigilant to
any changes. What this article offers is a look into the average
Ukrainian person's views, outlook, and beliefs. In order to understand
this one must take a short step back into history.
has happened since perestroika and glasnost. The end of a cold war
signaled a new world order, one based on freedom, democracy and
peace between the two major superpowers.
The early years
of the end of the cold war was not what all the experts were anticipating.
Here in the US, where the military industrial complex was in high
gear for decades, most expected to start manufacturing peacetime
products. The dismantling of our military complex was felt no more
than here in the San Francisco Bay Area with some 10 base closings,
thousands of people left jobless and a dramatic collapse of the
real estate market.
the eastern bloc countries the situation was not even comparable.
The collapse of the Soviet Union was a short celebration. Following
there was virtual lawlessness Thugs and organized crime groups sprung
up all over the ex Soviet countries. It was chaos. Old people were
thrown out of their apartments. Scientists fled with dangerous and
valuable weapons and technology information to be sold to the highest
bidder. Even President Gorbachev was kidnapped for a short time
as a military coup tried to take charge of Russia.
300, 000 young girls were enticed, kidnapped, or dragged off the
street, and shipped off to a fast growing prostitute business with
buyers around the world. It was virtual anarchy that eventually
launched fascists governments in some ex Soviet countries, like
Belarus, and could have enveloped many more.
So put your
self in the shoes of a former Soviet citizen. Are things better
I spent almost a year in Ukraine during the Orange Revolution. In
preparing for political interviews, especially one with President
Yuschenko that never came to fruition, I spent about 6 months interviewing
mainly people in the capital of Kiev. To my amazement and my interpreters,
young or old interviewees, were relatively split between pro west
candidate Yuschenko and pro Russia candidate Yanokovych.
Revolution yielded Yuschenko as the final president. However, it
left Russian President Putin steaming. In early January Putin showed
his punishing hand by mandating to quadruple the gas prices to Ukraine,
during one of the coldest winters on record.
If the international
community did not step in, this would have been a disaster for Yuschenko
and his pro west policies. Nevertheless in the most current parliamentary
elections, Yuschenko's party followed third behind leading Yanokovych
and the flamboyant Hillary Clinton clone Yulia Tymoishenko.
Ukraine there are basically three countries. One is western Ukraine,
which is very open to democracy and joining the west. The other
is eastern Ukraine, home of the economic engine of Ukraine of steel
and coal, which is pro Russia. The third is a sleeper, and that
is a prize in itself, the Crimea region with its famous and important
ports to the Black Sea and historic vibrant city of Yalta. Most
people in Crimea are pro Russian; indeed, many Russians who vacation
there consider it part of Russia.
think it is clear now that most political analysts realize that
President Putin is not for a free and open democracy. Where he will
stir the country is unclear. Hopefully, at best, it will be towards
some sort of hybrid of free enterprise, socialism and some freedoms
. It is quite possible, however, he has intentions to stir Russia
into old Soviet era structure, in his own words, "perestroika
was a disaster." Any move though, must be watched carefully
as it will directly impact trade and political relations with all
of East Europe.
If he has a
master plan, he is keeping his ideas very closed. The economic success
since the free market arose has created much wealth among many individuals.
Probably few westerners know that there are now more declared millionaires
in Moscow that in New York city, and there are probably that much
between Russia's grip and being an independent country. However,
bear in mind that at least from this writer's perspective, more
people in Ukraine feel a stronger kinship with Russia than the west.
As Russia exerts its powerful oil muscle influence over the region,
I believe that Ukraine will drift away from the west and into Russia's
fold. I hope I am wrong.
what about trade? What does this new bill mean? Actually it is probably
more symbolic than anything. Bush signed it just before the parliamentary
elections trying to give Yuschenko a boost.
from the Ukraine Embassy of California web site
From the import
and export people
I have had discussions
with, and the westerners who have done business in the Ukraine or
live there, one must be ready to go through a myriad of bureaucratic
steps, licenses, under the table fees to get anywhere. I don't think
this bill will change much of that.
the only salvation for Ukraine to stay westernized is for a swarm
of deep pocket businesses to invade the country and set up a shop
and start conducting business. This is what Yuschenko promoted almost
instantly after becoming president.
from the Ukraine Embassy of California web site
This is what
McDonalds did early on after the Soviet collapse. I think most Americans
are amazed at the popularity of MacDonald's in Ukraine.
As far as future
trade, this well remain in the crystal ball category as the political
situation evolves. Perhaps the only hope, as mentioned, is for some
large corporations to extend their recourses and open businesses.
Nevertheless, the actual business climate in Ukraine is very vibrant
and exciting. If you go, do not be surprised to see tall modern
office and apartment buildings under construction, Walmart and Home
Depot like box stores and state of the art new shopping centers.
There is no
doubt that free enterprise has a strong foothold in Ukraine and
people are enjoying profits that they never imagined they could
under the previous system.
The future, both economically and politically probably may also
lie in great part with the youth. The new young generation, many
nouveau rich, who never even experienced communism are traveling,
marrying westerners, and enjoying freedoms their parents and ancestors
are baffled at.
Ukraine is a country that has been a boon and can be a success to
invest in for the westerner. However, just remember that there are
cold north political winds of Siberia blowing down from the north
and there still exists corruption at many levels in Ukraine itself.
from the Ukraine Embassy of California web site
One great thing,
if you make the trip, do not be afraid to wear American flags or
American red, white and blue garments. They are a trend there. It
is probably one of the few countries one can walk down any main
street and see young girls with the stars and stripes on their t-shirts
or embossed on their jeans. These I took plenty of pictures of because
I thought no one would ever believe it. I even bought and used daily
a US flag beach towel while in Yalta.
Most of the
fears and anxiety of the world's worst atomic power plant catastrophe
have subsided and have become an after thought for many Ukrainians,
Europeans, and the world. However, after 20 years, the hastily constructed
shield over the reactor has been, and is having problems. There
have been plans to construct another shield for some time with European
assistance. Chernobyl is about 100 miles north of Kiev, the capital.
This is something to maintain a close watch on. It will probably
be resolved. There is a new adult generation that were children
when it occurred. However, for the people who experienced the panic,
the fear, the fleeing, these memories remain as if it happened yesterday.
As a member
of MBITA, we are planning a future conference to highlight potential
trade opportunities and provide trade promotion services to companies
wishing to explore the Ukranian market. Please keep in touch with
the MBITA office or myself for any further information.
& Investment Opportunities with Malaysia
Monterey Bay International Trade Association is arranging
exclusive one-on-one conference calls with BADLISHAM GHAZALI who
is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Multimedia Development
Corporation (MDC), the one stop agency set up by the Government
to facilitate the development of foreign companies and their interests
in the Multimedia Super Corridor
(MSC). These exclusive conference calls are directed to
California companies wishing to explore Malaysia in the following
- Bridge into
Asia Pacific market (esp. Middle East & China)
- Conduct profitable
businesses with any of over 1400 MSC-status companies
- Start JVs
with any MSC-status company
- Become a
distributor of MSC products and services in your country/region
- Main site
for offshoring activities and/or backup site for current regional
- Set up your
R&D centre in the MSC
in Asia Pac but not in Malaysia
in Malaysia but not MSC
is responsible to provide the leadership to drive the MDC as a high
performance organization that is responsible to translate the MSC
vision into action. As a one-stop agency, Multimedia Development
Corporation (MDC) has been established to facilitate the development
of Malaysias national ICT project called the Multimedia Super
Corridor (MSC) and to expedite the entry of investors into the MSC.
MDC is also empowered to grant MSC Status to companies wishing to
locate their operations in the MSC.
the former Director of the new Hewlett-Packard in Malaysia and Country
General Manager of HP Technology Solutions Group (TSG). Among his
greatest achievements was Badlisham had led HP Services to the No.1
position with a growth rate of 18%, as the largest IT services organization
in Malaysia with over 600 IT professionals under his care.
government will also be hosting a breakfast at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel in Santa Clara at 8am on May 13th to further discuss and present
their offerings to US companies.
the MBITA office if you would like to meet with Ghazali in person
on May 11th @ 11:30-12:30 and 2:30-3:30. in San Jose, Ca. or speak
with Mr.Ghazali One-on-one by conference call.
For more information please visit www.mbita.org/malaysia/msc.ppt
Global Trade & Investment in Green Technologies
Cruz , CA - March 31, 2006
Tony Livoti, opening the luncheon.
CEO and Chairman of Nanovapor Systems Inc., (www.nanovapor.com)
spoke about his experience in managing large environmental remediation
projects and addressing the larger source points of environmental
concern. In addition to soil and wastewater effluent related technologies,
Mr. Moorhead has specialized in the suppression of NET gases (Noxious,
Toxic, Explosive) for refinery services and all petroleum related
environmental and regulatory issues.
Robin, Managing Director of Integrated Investments
International (In3) (www.in3inc.com)
discussed the current state of investment in clean and
sustainable technology ('cleantech'), describe industry drivers
and leverage points, highlight funding sources, gaps, and perceived
issues for global cleantech markets, technology transfer and trade.
Mr. Robin offered success strategies for structuring and presenting
your venture deal to gain investor partner interest and target valuation,
tools for international trade projects and debt finance, as well
as ways to help nudge the industry toward more mainstream acceptance.
Swenson , Managing Director of Solar Quest (www.solarquest.com)
and Mark Dure-Smith, Project Manager of
Solar Quest explained how building the largest
photovoltaic system in Santa Cruz County is enabling him to develop
large projects in South America. Ron's talk will focus on exporting
solar expertise, information and equipment to developing countries.
Using his extensive experience in South America, he explained how
American engineering knowledge and methodologies can be leveraged
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MBITA Luncheon -
Trade & Investment with Africa
, CA - May 5, 2006
The MBITA Monterey
Chapter luncheon 'Trade and Investment with Africa' was a great
Charles Manuel, Trade Commissioner of the South
African Consulate General in Chicago spoke on opportunities
with Africa's most important economy. Known as the gateway to Africa,
South Africa is home to 6% of Africa's population and produces 18%
of the continent's GDP. It also boasts 45% of Africa's mineral production
and 50% of the continent's purchasing power. Mr. Manuel will discuss
all the key aspects of considering South Africa as one of the most
stable and reliable business partners in the African continent.
Manuel, Trade Commissioner of the South African Consulate General
Executive VP of ASEMA USA
spoke on Angola as one of the best investment options in Africa.
Increased opportunities for U.S. investment in the Angolan economy
include target sectors such as tourism infrastructure development,
agribusiness, telecommunications, energy and environment, housing
development, import/export of services and goods, healthcare and
Executive VP of ASEMA-USA
Program Manager of GlobalCalifornia.org
spoke about using the GlobalCalifornia.org platform for wine
transactions with South Africa.
can be downloaded from the following links:
|L - R:
Nick Lourenco, Executive VP of ASEMA-USA;Simphiwe Mdingi, Vice-Consul,
South African Consulate-General; Tony Livoti, President, MBITA
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