The Consulate General of Finland took part in the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce' 91st Annual World Trade Week kick-off breakfast held in Downtown Los Angeles on May 4. The event offers L.A. based consulates, organizations and trade offices a chance to showcase their business opportunities to a varied group of participants, who are interested in global trade. The breakfast conference featured several speakers such as Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the keynote speaker was Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of United Kingdom.
Mayor Garcetti highlighted the trade week's importance for the City of Los Angeles. According to him, global trade opportunities and a multicultural business environment are what make L.A. one of the most important business hubs in the world. One of the main messages Tony Blair highlighted in his keynote speech was the importance of global trade. He emphasized that international trade has had only positive results for the global economy as well as for nations individually.
For more than 90 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.
World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California. The events are jump started by the Chamber’s Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with more than 800 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.
Text: Heidi Luukkonen & Suvi Aherto