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ha_jbrown00189.JPGGov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he has formed an advisory council on international trade, appointing as its chairwoman Eleni Kounalakis, the businesswoman and daughter of Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos.

Kounalakis is involved in Democratic politics and is a former U.S. ambassador to Hungary.

Brown, a Democrat, said in a prepared statement that the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council will advise Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development, or GO-Biz, on international trade and investment for California businesses.

"As the economy recovers, California is well-positioned to expand its reach into foreign markets," Brown said in a prepared statement. "Under the leadership of Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, this council will help the state do just that."

Brown has taken a heightened interest in international trade during the second half of his third term, traveling to China last year and announcing he plans next to visit Mexico. Brown held talks in San Francisco on Wednesday with the ambassador of Peru, Harold Forsyth, and president of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva.

PHOTO: Governor-elect Jerry Brown, speaks at a press conference a day after he defeated Republican Meg Whitman at his Oakland campaign headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua


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