With over 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside of the United States, international trade and investment have become a critical component for California’s economic growth and engine for creating jobs. In 2015, California goods exports accounted for $165.4 billion. Further, international trade supported more than 775,000 California jobs, and foreign-owned companies employed over 631,500 workers in California.

To capitalize on this immense global opportunity, the International Affairs and Business Unit is the state’s primary point of contact for expanding California’s international trade and investment relations. The unit works to drive business for California and to address barriers to the Golden State's continued global economic strength. The unit provides critical support on issues relating to international trade and investment opportunities, foreign relations, international agreements and partnerships with the countries that have a friendly relationship with California.

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