President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (PAC-AAPI) Convenes Inaugural Open Meeting and Virtual Listening Session

WASHINGTON – On May 20th, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders convened its Inaugural Open Meeting with all fourteen (14) Commissioners in attendance. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Co-Chairs of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, provided welcoming remarks at the meeting, which commenced with the official swearing-in ceremony of Commissioner Helen Van Etten of Kansas.

The Commission is tasked by President Trump’s Executive Order to provide advice to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation, on how to broaden access by Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employers and communities to economic resources and opportunities.

“We appreciate your advocacy for the more than 1.9 million AAPI-owned businesses, and for the 22 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, many of whom have been so adversely impacted by the pandemic,” said Secretary Wilbur Ross in his welcome remarks. “Your work on their behalf is more important than ever before. Secretary Chao and I look forward to your advising us and President Trump on how best the U.S. government can serve this vibrant and growing American community.”

Secretary Elaine L. Chao highlighted the four areas that both the Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are focused on: Passing the Torch, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Bridging the Income Gap, and AAPI Women in Leadership. In highlighting the ways the AAPI community can better take advantage of federal resources and opportunities, she shared: “Secretary Ross and I recently signed a letter to re-establish the White House Initiative Interagency Working Group. This group consists of representatives from throughout the federal government who will advise the Initiative on the implementation and coordination of Federal programs as they relate to Asian Pacific American access to economic resources and opportunities.”

Dr. Paul Hsu, Chair of the Commission, provided opening remarks and convened the meeting by addressing the task at hand: “President Trump has clearly outlined in his Executive Order that our mission is to improve the lives of all AAPIs and their communities, which will always be our guiding principle and our roadmap. That is exactly why we are here today.”

The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders also convened its first virtual AAPI Business Town Hall with business owners, chambers of commerce and business associations on Tuesday, May 19th, a day prior to the open meeting. Chair of the Commission Dr. Paul Hsu and Commissioner Herman Martir facilitated this listening session hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. About 200 AAPI business and community leaders participated with many of the Commissioners also in attendance.

As the Commission prepares its advisory reports, these town halls and listening sessions reflect the mission and importance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to our country. Many of the speakers provided insight on how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has affected AAPI-owned businesses across different states and U.S. territories, including Guam and American Samoa. Town hall speakers represented 9 different states and U.S. territories, while audience participants hailed from 31 different states and territories. In response to concerns about harassment of AAPIs due to the virus, the Initiative and interagency working group are coordinating with the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure active engagement with local communities on addressing these issues.  

These public forums also provided a platform for federal officials and trade groups to highlight resources and opportunities. At the AAPI Business Town Hall, the U.S. Census Bureau provided a presentation on the Small Business Pulse Survey, which asks small businesses to share the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on their business. There was also an update on the ongoing 2020 Census, including the latest response rate, information about the extended window for response to the Census, highlights of the partnership and outreach campaign, and ideas about virtual ways that partners can support the Census in the upcoming months. The U.S. Census Bureau’s partnership program is working with more than 6,000 organizations across the country that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Following the U.S. Census Bureau, the Small Business Roundtable, a coalition of leading small business and entrepreneurship organizations, presented a read out of their State of Small Business Report. This report will be the first of an ongoing series that tracks the activities of small businesses across the country.

Presidential Delegation to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum

WASHINGTON– President Donald J. Trump announced the Presidential Delegation that will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 20 to January 24, 2020. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, will lead the delegation.

Members of the Presidential Delegation:
Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury (Lead)
Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
Eugene Scalia, Secretary of Labor
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation
Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative
Keith Krach, Under Secretary for Growth, Energy and the Environment, Department of State
Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President and Advisor to the President
Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President
Christopher Liddell, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination

Upcoming Event: Asian Financial Forum

Asian Financial Forum
January 13-14, 2020
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Participate in Deal Flow Matchmaking Session’s, one-on-one meetings.
  • Meet project owners, private equity firms, investors, high net-worth individuals, and senior professionals from intermediaries and professional service providers.
  • Contact AICC: usa@aiccus.org
  • Contact U.S. Commercial Service: Peter Sexton

2019 AFF Asian Film Festival Golden Diamond Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles

On December 12, the AFF Asian Film Festival grandly held the Golden Diamond Awards at the Millennium Bitmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Nearly a thousand Hollywood and guests from all walks of life, filmmakers from around the world participated in the series of events held on the day. shine. Representatives from the film industry, judges of the Golden Diamond Awards, and founding members of the finalists from more than 50 countries around the world witnessed the first AFF Asian Film Festival award ceremony with guests from all walks of life in the United States.

The AFF Asian Film Festival awards ceremony was unveiled at the Biltmore Hotel with a long history. The grand event scene and magnificent momentum regretted the Hollywood movie capital. The stars gathered and established the new era image and professional charm of the Asian Film Festival. Shocked and eye-catching, received unanimous praise and attention from the mainstream film industry.

Jason Quin, Executive Chairman of the American International Chamber of Commerce and Executive Chairman of the AFF Asian Film Festival, said that the AFF Asian Film Festival is based in Los Angeles and leverages Hollywood film talent, technology, management and financial resources to target the global and Asian film markets. Cultural exchanges between the East and the West films have contributed resources and strength to the development of world film art and industry.

Mr. Quin said: Film art is one of the cultural industries with a unique world language. The fast-growing Chinese movies have brought momentum and hope to world movies. Hollywood filmmakers are full of enthusiasm and expectations for Chinese movies.

Attending the red carpet and celebration reception on the day of the awards were Hollywood internationally renowned directors, producers, stars and celebrities, Oscar winner Richard Anderson, and Golden Horse winner Trun Ping Yang.

The 2019 Asian Film Festival awards ceremony will kick off in Los Angeles on Dec 12th

2019 Asian Film Festival
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Event Date: December 12th, 2019

The 2019 Asian Film Festival Golden Diamond Awards Ceremony will kick off in Los Angeles on Dec 12th,2019

The 2019 Asian Film Festival Golden Diamond awards Ceremony, co-sponsored by the American International Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Film Festival Committee will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles Hotel on December 12.

Nearly 1,000 nominees, filmmakers, business leader and winning from around the world will attend the event.

Event agenda:

9:00-19:00 PM, Asian Film Festival Art Exhibition
Open to the public, Free event, RSVP

2:30-3:30 PM, Asian Film Cooperation Forum
free for all nominees and public, RSVP

3:30-5:00 PM, Red Carpet
The VIP guests, nominees and winners only.

5:00-8:00 PM, Asian Film Festival Golden diamond Awards Ceremony
The Invited VIP guests and winners are admitted free. All other guests must pay for admitted entry ticket.
$50 Student, Admission pass $100, VIP $150.

8:00-9:30 PM, After Party. Hollywood Night Celebration Reception
The VIP guests and winners are admitted free. All other guests must buy tickets.
Admission VIP pass $150. USD
Student pass $70.USD

End at 9:30PM

Ticket available booking on official website

Upcoming Event: ESNA 2019 Conference and Expo

November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Join 2500 industry leaders representing over 30 countries at the largest and most influential grid-connected and energy storage conference and expo in North America.

ESNA is pleased to offer the events below as part of their international programming:

ENERGY STORAGE ON THE MOVE WEBINAR:
On September 19 at 11 AM PT (2 PM ET), and in partnership with ITA, ESNA will host a free, public webinar on “How Vehicle Electrification is Shaping the Future Global Electricity Landscape.” You can register for the free here.

GLOBAL GRID TRANSFORMATION AT ESNA 2019:

ESNA will host the Global Grid Transformation program, a one-day facilitated roundtable and workshop with key stakeholders from around the world. International delegations come together to promote cross-border collaboration on grid transformation issues with policymakers and companies with a focus on promoting a decarbonized, resilient and affordable power grid.

SITE VISIT OPTIONS AT ESNA:
Registered attendees are eligible to sign up for an optional site visit to an energy facility in the San Diego region on the morning of November 5. Site visits are available on a first-come, first-served basis and fill up quickly.

ESNA FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR GOVERNMENT POLICY MAKERS:
ESNA offers fellowships to distinguished government representatives, decision makers, and thought leaders who may otherwise not be able to attend the event. The fellowships include a free All-Access pass to ESNA.

The ESNA application deadline is October 15, 2019.

Upcoming Domestic and International Trade Events

Event: WEFTEC 2019 
Date: September 21-25, 2019 
Location: Chicago, IL 
Description: WEFTEC is the largest conference of its kind in North America and offers water quality professionals from around the world with the best water quality education and training available today. The U.S. Commercial Service will be offering B2B matchmaking and Showtime market counseling services. 

Event: Expo Agua Peru
Date: October 16-18, 2019
Location: Lima, Peru
Description: This is the main water expo of Peru, where the latest technological innovations and integral solutions for the sustainable and productive management of water are presented. The event brings together leading companies in their fields, international experts, decision makers and a broad segment of end-users coming from the water sector and related sectors (agriculture, mining and industry); who share their experiences and solutions to the problems and challenges that face Peru and the Andean region regarding the integral water management. The U.S. Commercial Service will have a booth space and offer matchmaking and promotional opportunities for interested U.S. firms.  

Event: IFAT India
Date: October 16-18, 2019
Location: Bombay Exhibition Center, India
Description: IFAT India is the country’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, solid waste, and recycling. The trade fair provides a platform for exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations and solutions, debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale. 

Event: WETEX
Date: October 22-24, 2019
Location: Dubai, UAE

Event: InterAqua
Date: January 29-31, 2020
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Event: Envirotech Executive Service (EES) Mission – Water Delegation to India
Location: New Delhi, Ahmedabad & Chennai with optional spin-off Gold Key Service in Mumbai or Hyderabad
Date: February 9-15, 2020 (spin-off on February 17, 2020)
Description: Water/wastewater is one of the most promising sub-sectors of the environment technologies industry in India for U.S. exporters.  The EES Mission to India will introduce potential delegates to the Indian water/wastewater markets in these three cities; help participants learn about relevant policies, procedures and opportunities in India’s water industry; and take part in business to business matchmaking appointments with private sector organizations and government agencies.  In addition, the delegates will have an opportunity to visit/participate in the Water Expo 2020, a local trade show that takes place from February 13-15, 2020 in Chennai. 

Event: Water Today’s Water Expo 
Location: Chennai, India
Date: February 13-15, 2020

Event: IFAT
Date: May 5-9, 2020 
Location: Munich, Germany 
Description: IFAT is the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. This truly international show offered over 3,300 exhibitors the opportunity to present their latest innovations in waste management and recycling to more than 142,000 visitors from 162 countries!

Event: Singapore International Water Week
Date: July 5-9, 2020
Location: Singapore
Description: There will be a U.S. pavilion and support for participating U.S. exhibitors from the U.S. Commercial Service in Singapore.  

Event: USA Fair Access Nigeria
Date: March 31-April 2, 2020
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Description: The USA Fair 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria will present American manufacturers, suppliers and service providers with product showcase opportunities in the largest and most dynamic market on the African continent! Save the date now and register by November 30, 2019 to get the early bird rate. 

Upcoming Event: Apollo 50: The Role of Intellectual Property in Space Commerce

USPTO Graphic on Apollo 50 July 23, 2019 event. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Date And Time
Tue, July 23, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Location
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Clara Barton Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States

Event description:
Apollo 50: The role of intellectual property in space commerce

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the USPTO will host an event focused on space innovation, technology transfer from the Apollo missions, and an overview of the current administration’s policy on space exploration, commerce, and industry.

Featured speakers include federal government executives, astronauts, inventors, and commercial space industry executives:
United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Andrei Iancu
Director of the Office of Space Commerce Kevin O’Connell
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter
Former Associate Director, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, NASA and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee Frank Cepollina
Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan
Astronaut Paul Richards
VP and General Manager of Strategic Operations of Ball Aerospace Debra Facktor
CEO of NanoRacks Jeffrey Manber
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Slingshot Aerospace Melanie Stricklan