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 Governors 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.