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San Diego Dialogue

Hands Out Awards for Civic Excellence

A delegation of 24 San Diego business and civic representatives will soon depart for a trade mission to Japan.

The San Diego World Trade Center and the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana organized the trade mission, which departs Nov. 3 and returns Nov. 10. Sponsors of the trade mission are the San Diego Unified Port District and San Diego-based LH Systems LLC.

Hugh Constant, vice president of the San Diego World Trade Center, said the participants are from various industries, including information technology, high-tech, software, accounting and advocacy sectors.

“There were a couple of people who expressed concern,” after the recent terrorist attacks on the United States, Constant said. He reassured them it was appropriate for the trade mission to go forward.

Participants will attend business matchmaking meetings or cultural and academic exchange meetings during the day, and social and business networking events in the evenings. The group will visit Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. They will meet with U.S. Embassy officials and Japanese community leaders and business executives along the way. Some of the San Diego delegation will visit Hiroshima for the presentation of a memorial bridge.

Constant said the Port District and some local companies have scheduled meetings with Japanese shipping companies and companies that ship products and materials to discuss container-shipping service into San Diego. Currently, containers arrive in Los Angeles before their contents are delivered to San Diego.

For more information on the trade mission to Japan, contact Constant at (619) 615-0868, Ext. 103 or at hconstant@sdwtc.org.

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January Trade Mission:

The San Diego World Trade Center and the Asian Business Association will lead a group of companies on a trade mission through Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Bangkok, Thailand.

Company representatives will have the opportunity to participate in round-table meetings, presentations and receptions in the three destinations Jan. 18 to 26.

Group air and ground transportation, hotels, and group meetings and briefings are included in the $3,600 fee, with a $300 additional fee for nonmembers of the cooperating organizations: Biocom San Diego, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., San Diego Regional Technology Alliance, South County Economic Development Corp., and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Optional matchmaking meetings can be pres-scheduled for an additional fee.

To register for the trade mission, a 50 percent deposit is required by Nov. 17. For more information, contact San Diego World Trade Center’s Hugh Constant via phone at (619) 615-0868, Ext. 103 or via e-mail at hconstant @sdwtc.org, or go to www.sdwtc.org.

LH Systems and the Port District are sponsors of the trade mission.

Civic Awards:

The San Diego Dialogue recently gave out Awards for Civic Excellence.

The Enhancing Cross Border Collaboration award went to Laura Silvan and Dolores Monterrubio from the Programa Bioregional de Educaci & #243;n Ambiental.

There was a tie in the Displaying Outstanding Public Leadership category: state Sen. Dede Alpert, D-San Diego, and H & #233;ctor Osuna Jaime, senator for the state of Baja, California. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Leon Williams, chairman of the board for the Metropolitan Transit Development Board.

The San Diego Dialogue is part of the Division of Extended Studies and Public Programs at UCSD. The organization addresses regional policy issues by bringing together academics, business, government and civic leaders.

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Exporting With Merit:

The Mexican Council of Foreign Trade of Baja California, Civil Association recently gave exporting merit awards to 10 companies.

The council awards exporting companies in Baja for maintaining quality and high competitive standards. The awards went to Productos Marinos ABC, Galvanizadora Tijuana, Aguila del Desierto, Philips Lighting Electronics de Mexico, Productora Agricola, Industrial del Noroeste, Tecnologia del Pacifico, Alcoa CSI de Mexico en Ensenada, Ensambles Serraga, OPA Mexicana, Fabrica de Papel San Francisco, Price Pfister de Mexico, and Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma.

The organization and many companies participating in the Oct. 5 awards dinner donated a percentage of the event’s ticket sales to the Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Baja.

Joining Hands:

Project Concern International will host its 11th annual Hands Across the Border dinner and auction.

San Diego-based Project Concern is a nonprofit health organization, which helps prevent disease by providing access to clean water and nutritious food and health care in the United States and 10 other countries.

The Nov. 9 live and silent auction and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Harbor Island Resort.

Proceeds support Project Concern’s programs to improve community health along the border in Mexico and San Diego. Tickets are $150. Call (858) 279-9690 for more information.

Send international trade news to Mandy Jackson via fax at (858) 571-3628 or via e-mail at mjackson@sdbj.com.


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