The California-China Office of Trade and
Investment (CTO) is California’s official state trade office with The People’s
Republic of China. The Office is a
public-private program led by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic
Development (GO-Biz), economic development groups, and private sector companies
across the state. It was opened by
California Governor Edmund G. Brown on April 12, 2013 in Shanghai, China.
The CTO is California’s central vehicle for
promoting both trade and investment between the state and China. Dedicated
experts located in Shanghai, Sacramento, and San Francisco provide services to
businesses throughout California and China to forge cross-border trade and
investment relationships, particularly in the innovative environmental technologies,
life sciences, lifestyle, and financial services industries.
Programs run by the Trade Office focus on
helping Chinese companies start and expand in California, assisting California
companies seeking to engage in the China market, and attracting foreign direct
investment into California projects.
The Office of Trade and Investment is financed
entirely free of state funding, largely through the donations of private
enterprises and through matching grants received through trade-focused federal programs.
California-China Trade Network Partners include:
September 2012, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2012, authored by
Speaker John A. Pérez. The bill made GO-Biz the lead state agency for
international trade and investment activities. This includes creating
international trade and investment offices outside of the United States, and
accepting private donations for those purposes.
In October 2012, GO-Biz signed a partnership agreement with the Bay Area
Council, a San Francisco-headquartered nonprofit business organization, to
operate a California Trade and Investment office in Shanghai and organize trade
and investment missions to China.
GO-Biz is required to list all donations for the operation of the office and
related activities. For the current list, view the
California-China Office of Trade and Investment Reports