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Gov. Schwarzenegger to Promote California at World's Largest Technology Trade Fair

First State Partnership with CeBIT Provides Opportunity for California Businesses

(PresseBox) (Hannover, ) Providing an incredible opportunity for California companies to promote their products in the global marketplace, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will highlight our state's global leadership in information communications technology at CeBIT 2009 in Hannover, Germany. As the first official state partner with CeBIT, California businesses will be spotlighted above all others at the world's largest technology trade fair for digital business solutions and information and communications technology (ICT).

"California is not just the world's eighth largest economy; we are the high-tech capital of the world, the innovation capital of the world and the biotechnology capital of the world. We strive to be the best in everything we do, to invent, to innovate and to create. We are always pushing the envelope and searching for that next great discovery - which, like biotechnology, is usually found right here in the Golden State," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "This is why California was chosen to be the first state to be the official partner of CeBIT, a role previously only reserved for nations. And, I am going to seize this tremendous opportunity for our state at CeBIT 2009 to promote California companies and our global leadership in information communications technology."

Many California companies including a delegation of 51 small and medium sized businesses will showcase the state's innovative ICT technologies in several key industries including green technology, entertainment, Internet-based services, TeleHealth, security, consumer electronics, digital content generation and distribution, aerospace, and research and technology at CeBIT 2009. The Germany-California ICT Summit will be the star attraction of the Partner State program, giving the two entities an opportunity to step-up collaboration and stimulate more bilateral business.

"CeBIT is all about pumping up businesses and finding new customers all around the world. At last year's conference $13 billion in sales were made, so this is a fantastic opportunity for our economy and for these California businesses," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

In 2008, CeBIT attracted 495,000 attendees from 96 countries, 5,900 exhibitors from 77 countries and more than 7,000 press and media representatives from over 72 countries. CeBIT 2008 featured 67 exhibiting companies from California as well as other California companies that registered through their international subsidiaries.

CeBIT 2009 will take place March 3-8, 2009, at the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany. The following is a list of the events Governor Schwarzenegger will participate in while at the conference (subject to change):

Note: All Times Local

Monday, March 2, 2009:

4:30 p.m. Open Press
Golden Book Signing
New Town Hall
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will meet with Hannover Lord Mayor Stephan Weil and sign the "Golden Book," the official guestbook of the city.

5 p.m. Open Press
Photo Opportunity Guest House
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will meet with Lower Saxony Minister President Christian Wulff.

5:35 p.m. Open Press
Photo Opportunity
Hannover Congress Centrum
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Gov. Schwarzenegger.

5:40 p.m. Closed Press
Meeting
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Gov. Schwarzenegger.

5:55 p.m. Open Press
Photo Opportunity
Hannover Congress Centrum
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger along with other official speakers at CeBIT will participate in a photo opportunity.

6 p.m. Open Press
Remarks
CeBIT 2009 Opening Ceremony
Hannover Congress Centrum
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will deliver remarks at the opening ceremony for CeBIT 2009.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009:

9 a.m. Open Press
Tour
Hannover Fairgrounds
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger, joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will tour the fairgrounds of the CeBIT 2009 convention.

11:35 a.m. Open Press
Discussion
Hannover Fairgrounds
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will drop-by a discussion with information technology company chief executive officers from around the world.

11:40 a.m. Open Press
Media Availability Germany-California ICT Summit
Hannover Fairgrounds
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will hold a media availability at the Germany-California ICT Summit.

11:55 a.m. Open Press
Remarks
Germany-California ICT Summit
Hannover Fairgrounds
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will deliver brief remarks at the Germany-California ICT Summit.

1:05 p.m. Open Press
AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award Ceremony and Luncheon
Herrenhausen Garten
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will receive the 2009 AmCham Transatlantic Partnership Award at the American Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

6:30 p.m. Open Press (Note: Due to limited space this event will be a first-come, first-serve event for credentialed media only)
Remarks
California Reception
Hannover Fairgrounds
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Gov. Schwarzenegger will deliver remarks at the CeBIT 2009 California Reception.

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