CIRF Programs

 

Select program activities sponsored by the Foundation:

Image result for flag of the netherlands Official visit to California by a delegation of two cyber security officials from the Netherlands: Ms. Nelly Ghaoui, Senior Policy Coordinator of the Netherlands' Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and Mr. Hans de Vries, Director of the Dutch Cyber Security Center. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about California's legislation and regulations regarding IoT security and privacy, and cyber defense of critical infrastructure. [2019]
Official visit to California by Councillors (members) from the National Diet (parliament) of Japan, led by the Honorable Iwao Horii, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and founder of the California-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League in the Diet. The purpose of the visit was to meet with State leaders and further enhance the already robust relationship between California and Japan. [2019] 
Image result for flag of colombia Official visit to California by a delegation from Colombia, led by Ms. Sandra Ovalle Garcia, General Secretary of the Committee on Territorial Development, of the Senate of Colombia. The purpose of the visit was to explore future cooperative efforts between the California Senate and the Colombian Senate. [2019]
Official visit to California by a delegation from New South Wales, Australia, led by the Honorable John Ajaka MLC, President, Legislative Council of NSW, Australia. The purpose of their visit was to learn more about California's government, trade and investment, energy sustainability, and fire recovery and emergency management, and to continue other potential cooperative projects between California and NSW, Australia. This visit was part of an exchange agreement established in 1997 between the Senate and the State of New South Wales. [2018]
Official visit to California by a delegation of five officials from the Jiangsu Province, China, led by Mr. Huang Xiqiang, Deputy Director General, Jiangsu Foreign Affairs Office. The purpose of the visit was to discuss potential collaborative projects under the auspices of the sister state relationship between the State of California and Jiangsu Province. [2018]
Official visit to California by a delegation of six Senator from Mexico, led by Senator Marcela Guerra Castillo, President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, North America. The purpose of their visit was to strengthen the extensive ties between Mexico and the State of California, to solidify our economic and trade relationship, and to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. [2017]
Image result for flag of cuba Official visit to California by a delegation from Cuba consisting of the Honorable Nazario Fernandez, Deputy Chief of Mission, and the Honorable Joel Oliva, First Secretary, from the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. The purpose of their visit was to develop and cultivate the relationship between Cuba and the State of California given the restoration of diplomatic relations and increasing contact between the United States and Cuba. [2017]

Official visit to California by a delegation from Santa Fe Province, Argentina, led by the Honorable Roberto Miguel Lifschitz, Governor of Santa Fe Province.  The purpose of their visit was to learn more about California’s government, goods movement infrastructure, high technology industries, trade and investment, and to continue the development of potential cooperative projects between California and Argentina.  This visit was part of an exchange agreement established in 2005 between the Senate and the Fundación Nueva Generación Argentina. [2016]

 

Official visit to California by the Honorable Florian Graf, Christian Democratic Union Caucus Leader, and six other members fom the Berlin State House of Representatives, traveling under the auspices of the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation.  The purpose of their visit was to study policies in California regarding clean energy, urban technologies and transportation. [2015] 

Official visit to California by the Honorable Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy and Knowledge, and eleven other officials from the Catalonian government.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss California-Catalan relations and trade opportunities. [2014]

Official visit to California by a delegation of agricultural industry leaders from France.  The purpose of their visit was to research and examine sustainable agriculture methods and policies in California. [2014] 

Official visit to California by Mr. Jonathan Deal, an environmental activist from South Africa.  Mr. Deal was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  The purpose of his visit was to discuss regulatory issues related to hydraulic fracturing and other environmental issues.  [2013]

Official visit to California by a delegation of parliament members and business leaders from Azerbaijan.  The purpose of their visit was to continue an exchange between their parliament and the California Senate, further ties and strengthen goodwill between our regions.  [2013]

Official visit to California by a delegation of parliament members visiting from the Kurdistan region of Iraq.  The purpose of their visit was to research and examine legislative processes as they relate to State government, explore the many different levels of staff, and gain a better understanding of the various participants that are involved in the legislative process.  [2013]

Official visit to California by a delegation of female leaders from Afghanistan. The purpose of their visit was to participate in a cross-cultural exchange, learn more about leadership roles of women in California and to share their experiences of life in their home country. [2012]

Official visit to California by the Honorable Francis Maude, Minister of the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, his staff and consular officials from the United Kingdom. The purpose of Minister Maude’s visit was to research government efficiency savings and budget balancing in tough economic times.  The Minister, responsible for all the UK government’s finances and government efficiency, learned about California’s experience in this area and shared the UK’s experience in reducing its own deficit. The Cabinet Office is responsible for helping to ensure effective development, coordination and implementation of policy and operations across all government departments.  [2012]

Official visit to California by a delegation of members from the Vietnam National Assembly led by the Honorable Vice President Huynh Ngoc Son, and accompanied by multiple government and consular officials. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the ties between the State of California and Vietnam. [2011]

Official visit to California by a delegation from the Moscow City Duma (Parliament), led by the Honorable Vladimir Mikhailovich Platonov, Chairman of the Duma.Their program in Sacramento, San Francisco and Napa Valley included discussions with government representatives and business officials in an effort to learn more about California's economic development, environment and transportation policies, business climate and legislative issues.  Their visit was part of an exchange agreement established between the California Senate and the Moscow City Duma in September 2006. [2011]

Official visit to California by a delegation of female entrepreneurs from multiple countries who were participating in the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP). The purpose of their visit was to partake in a cross-cultural exchange, learn more about leadership roles of women in California and share their experiences of life in their home countries. [2010]

Official visit to California by His Excellency Hossam Zaki, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; His Excellency Dr. Hesham M. Elnakib, Consul General; and Ms. Heba Zaki, Consul, Consulate General of Egypt in San Francisco.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss California/Egypt ties and the Building Bridges initiative.  [2009]

Official visit to California by Mr. Farokh Balsara, Head of Media and Entertainment for the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Mumbai, India. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the development of follow-up programs resulting from the official Senate visit to India in 2008.  [2009]

Official visit to California by a delegation of young community leaders from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Northern Pakistan.  The purpose of their visit was to participate in a cultural exchange and to give a presentation on daily life in their regions.  [2009]  

Official visit to California by members of the Committee on Taxation from the National Parliament of Denmark, led by the Danish Minister of Taxation, the Honorable Kristian Jensen. The purpose of this visit was to discuss the fiscal and budgetary procedures of the State of California. [2008]

Official visit to California by a delegation from the Transportation Committee of the Swedish National Parliament, led by the former Minister of Education in Sweden, Mr. Baylan. The purpose of his visit was to discuss the creation of a sustainable transportation system, with regards to environmental safeguards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Also discussed was the infrastructure financing and management of public transportation. [2008]

Official visit to California by the Honorable Eva Palatova, Counselor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.  The purpose of her visit was to discuss the overall California trade and economic development strategies and allocation of resources. [2008]

Official visit to California by a delegation of  members from the Regional Government of Umbria, Italy, led by the Honorable Mauro Tippolotti, President of the Regional Legislature.  The purpose of their visit was to learn more about issues related to state administration, university exchange, high technologies and nanotechnologies, health care and tourism promotion.  This visit was part of an exchange agreement established in 1998 between the California Senate and the Regional Government of Umbria.  [2007]

Official visit to California by a delegation of Members of the Icelandic Parliament, led by the Honorable Sólveig Pétursdóttir, President of the Althingi (Parliament). The purpose of the visit was to learn more about policies related to energy and environment, women's issues, security issues and the fight against terrorism, as well as trade and other bilateral relations. This visit was part of an exchange agreement established in 2003 between the Senate and the Icelandic Parliament.  [2007]

 

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