International Support

California has developed trade and investment desks in Mexico, Armenia, and Japan with important partners in those markets. Additionally, the China Trade and Investment Network (CTIN) was established with stakeholders to support economic engagement with China. These international networks and facilities aim to promote California exports and attract investment to our state.


China Trade and Investment Network (CTIN)

The China Trade and Investment Network (CTIN) was announced on September 10, 2019 (see press release here). It is a multi-organizational partnership focused on expanding California’s trade and investment efforts in China. Two-way trade between California and China was valued at $177 billion in 2018. CTIN enables California businesses to gain from the many economic development organizations focused on exports to and investment from China by sharing resources and contacts, working together on trade shows and missions, and cooperating on business development.

Membership includes:

For questions or to request to join CTIN, please contact us.



Announced on October 2, 2019, the Mexico Trade and Services Desk is used to promote trade and investment by Californian and Mexican businesses and support more robust two-way exchange on environmental protection, education, and tourism. The goal of this desk is to create a sustained, strategic, and mutually-beneficial partnership. The Trade and Services Desk is located at the University of California’s Casa de la Universidad de California in México. To learn more, please contact us.



In September 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom met with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and signed an agreement to create a Trade and Services Desk in Armenia. This desk will be used to encourage trade and investment by Californian and Armenian businesses. The Trade and Services Desk will foster economic cooperation and development by assisting entrepreneurs in connecting with their counterparts to engage in various trade and commercial activities. To learn more, please contact us.


Trade and Investment Desk Signing-Japan

The Trade and Services Desk in Tokyo, Japan was announced on March 14, 2023 during a trade mission led by GO-Biz Director Dee Dee Myers and Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis. The desk is intended to promote two-way trade and investment between California and Japan and is located at Keidanren, one of the largest and most influential business associations in the country. GO-Biz and Keidanren agreed to support one another’s broad economic development goals and collaborate on activities that spur innovation and business growth in and between California and Japan, including hosting conferences, workshops, business exchanges, trade missions or delegations. See the MOU establishing the trade desk here.