IBA’s (International Business Association) 2023 Annual Consulate Series

Published April 25, 2023

Thank you for attending IBA’s (International Business Association) Annual Consulate Series!

After years-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Business Association (IBA) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) successfully organized its largest annual event, Consulate Series, on April 12, 2023. The event, which aims to promote cultural exchange and international business opportunities, featured keynote speakers from various consulates, cultural performances, and networking opportunities for students and professionals.

The event kicked off with a keynote address from the Consul-General of Japan in Los Angeles, Consul General Kenko Sone, who spoke about the strong economic and cultural ties between Japan and the United States. He also highlighted the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges. Mr. Tak Yokoo, the chairman of the Japan Hydrogen Forum (JH2F), gave a presentation focused on Japan-US collaborations aimed at achieving a carbon-neutral society. He also discussed the activities of JH2F, as well as the technologies of Japanese companies that are active in Southern California. The event also provided valuable networking opportunities for attendees, who were able to connect with professionals and consulates.

IBA 2023 Consulate Series

IBA International Logistics, Chanboramey Lon, expressed her excitement for the return of the event, which had been postponed multiple times due to pandemic-related challenges. IBA noted that the Consulate Series is a hallmark of the organization's commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding and providing valuable learning experiences for students interested in pursuing international business careers. IBA President and Vice President, Chelsea Quach, and Dalton Downer, noted that the Consulate Series was an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about different cultures and gain insight into international business practices. They want to express their gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the IBA team in organizing the event and would love to thank all attendees and participants for their support.

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, events like the Consulate Series serve as a reminder of the importance of cultural exchange and international cooperation. International Business Association at CSULB is proud to have brought back this important event and looks forward to continuing to promote cross-cultural understanding and international business opportunities for students and professionals alike. IBA hopes to see you at the next consulate series!