September 7-11, 2014: Multi-Sector Trade Mission to UAE and Qatar
Join Channels Business Solutions on a U.S. Department of Commerce-certified trade mission in exploring the high growth markets of UAE and Qatar.  The United Arab Emirates has been the top United States export destination in the entire Middle East North Africa (MENA) region for the last four years.  Qatar has one of the highest rates of GDP per capita in the world, as well as a stable government and economy; it also ranks as the fifth largest U.S. export market in the MENA region. U.S. exports to Qatar have grown by over 700% over the last ten years.  Dates of mission: September 7 -11, 2014.  Deadline to register: July 14. Fee $4,950 per person per company, $1,800 per additional representative.  For more information, please contact or go to

September 22-26, 2014: Safety & Security Trade Mission to Panama and Colombia
Join a U.S. Department of Commerce official on a 5-day safety & security trade policy mission to Panama City, Panama and Bogotá, Colombia, with an optional port security site visit to Cartagena, Colombia (for an additional fee). The purpose of this mission is to assist U.S. companies in launching or increasing exports of U.S. safety and security goods or services to Panama and Colombia and will include business-to-business matchmaking appointments with local companies, as well as market briefings and networking events. Target sectors include: industry security and safety, intrusion protection, burglary and robbery, fire protection and suppression, surveillance, access control, personal protection, workplace safety, security risk assessment consulting, port and infrastructure security, and law enforcement products and services. Cost: $3,905 for large firms; $3,600 for SMEs.  Participants will be expected to make their own travel arrangements. Deadline for Registration: June 20, 2014. For more information, contact: or visit:

September 29 - October 3, 2014: Illinois Mission to International Fair Bogota Energy Expo – Colombia
With support of the U.S. Commercial Services offices in Chicago and Bogota, the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment is organizing a mission the International Fair Bogota. The 2014 edition of IFB marks the 60th year of the International Fair Bogota.  This show is recognized as the biggest industrial trade show and exhibition in the Andean, Central American and Caribbean regions. The 2012 edition hosted more than 52,000 visitors and over 750 exhibitors. Illinois companies will be exhibiting in Expo Energia hall, the energy-specialized space that highlights electric accessories, power quality, protection, GIE, commercialization of supplies, alternative energy (generation), efficient use of energy, equipment for generation, transmission and electric management, maintenance and supplies. Companies must be accepted by August 11th. Space is limited to 10 companies. Please email Regional Americas Officer Kelsey Schrenk at with cc to  regarding your company’s eligibility and participation requirements. For eligible Illinois SME’s there is no participation fee and the possibility of reimbursement of up to 75% of travel expenses.

October 6-10, 2014: Franchise Trade Mission to Mexico – Monterrey & Mexico City
Franchises represent about 5 percent of Mexico’s GDP, making the country one of the largest markets for franchises in the world. The sector grew 9 percent in 2013, and franchising is considered an important industry in supporting the growth of Mexico’s economy. In January 2014, the government-sponsored National Institute of the Entrepreneur launched the Financing Program for Franchises, an initiative that will support investors and entrepreneurs through finance programs for the acquisition of franchise concepts. Segments with the most demand include food and beverages, retail, education, health and personal care, and entertainment. Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the International Franchise Assn and Franchise Times, this mission offers the opportunity to travel with other senior international executives from established franchise brands and to be introduced to investors in two hot markets in Mexico. Benefits include a customized schedule of one-on-one meetings with key partners/regional investors; advertising of your brand in the most influential business publications in Mexico; first-hand opportunity to assess the culture, political climate and the markets’ potential for your brand; and briefings from experts on the legal, real estate and political climate. Participation fee: $4750. Please register at  For questions, contact

October 19-23, 2014: Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Japan & Korea
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Tokyo and Seoul.  This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors.  In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money to develop these sectors.  Application deadline is August 22, 2014.  Participation fee for SMEs is $9,500 and $12,000 for large firms, and $3,500 for each additional participant.  For more information and to apply visit:

November 11-13, 2014: Illinois Mission to the International Industrial Environment & Sustainability Fair (FIMAI) – Sao Paulo, Brazil
With support of the U.S. Commercial Services offices in Chicago and Sao Paulo, the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment is organizing a mission to FIMAI in Sao Paulo, Latin America’s most important industrial/environmental fair.  FIMAI attracts global providers of leading edge environmental technologies which address sustainability efforts worldwide.  Every year, over 400 exhibitors and 20,000 participants gather in Sao Paulo for this event, and generate approximately $800 million in new business.  Brazil’s growing environmental technology market is valued at approximately US $11 billion, and continues to grow as the country works to improve its sanitation infrastructure and invests in energy efficiency.  Illinois’ participation will highlight the diversity and size of Illinois’ environmental sector, products, equipment, and services. Companies are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited to 10 companies. Please email Regional Americas Officer Kelsey Schrenk at with cc to  regarding your company’s eligibility and participation requirements. For eligible Illinois SME’s there is no participation fee and the possibility of reimbursement of up to 75% of travel expenses.

November 12-13, 2014: Energy and Energy Efficiency Trade Policy Mission to Peru
Join a U.S. Department of Commerce official on a two-day renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) trade policy mission to Lima, Peru. The mission will help create a policy environment in Peru capable of facilitating additional RE&EE development, remove restrictions to U.S. RE&EE exports, and introduce U.S. companies to senior-level Peruvian officials.  Peru’s liberalized power market and strong policy regime led to over $1 billion of cumulative clean energy investment since 2012, with additional investment expected well into the future. Peru now offers several policy incentives, including priority dispatch for renewable electricity, accelerated depreciation of up to 20 percent for investments in machinery or equipment that support renewable energy deployment, and technology-specific auctions.

Participants in the RE&EE trade policy mission will:

  • Accompany a Department of Commerce official to meetings with the Government of Peru on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy;
  • Receive an invitation to an official reception for networking with Peruvian officials and companies; and
  • Receive in-depth market information from the U.S. Embassy in Lima, including opportunities, challenges, and long-term projections of the Peruvian RE&EE market.

Cost: $2,300 for large firms; $1,300 for SMEs. Participants will be expected to make their own travel arrangements. Deadline for Registration: August 31, 2014.  For more information, contact: or or visit:

December 3-11, 2014: Infrastructure Business Development Mission to Morocco, Egypt, & Jordan
Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this mission (with optional West Bank briefings) will enable U.S. firms will gain market insights, make industry contacts, network with key government officials and decision makers, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects. With a predicted 5-7% annual rate of infrastructure expansion growth in 2014, there are many opportunities for U.S. companies across North Africa and the Levant region, especially in efficient energy technology equipment and services, transportation infrastructure and equipment, water and waste treatment, marine and ports infrastructure, and tourism and building construction.  Increasingly seen as Northwest Africa’s regional hub for transportation and business, Morocco plans to invest $15 billion towards upgrading basic infrastructure by 2015. Egypt’s has set a target of 20% power from wind, hydro, and solar by 2020, and the Suez Canal Regional Development Project is expected to be implemented in late 2014/2015. Jordan’s Free Trade Agreement with the United States, means there are now virtually no tariffs between the two countries, and bilateral trade has increased 600% over the last ten years. The government’s $18 billion strategic energy plan and $2.2 billion investment in efficient energy projects provide excellent opportunities for U.S. companies.  Apply now at: NALinfrastructure Space is limited. See above for info on the June 25 webinar regarding these markets and the mission. Deadline: September 12, 2014. For questions, contact

March 4-12, 2015: Safety & Security Trade Mission to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is organizing an Executive-led Business Development Mission in March 2015. The mission's purpose is to help U.S. firms in the safety and security industry find business partners and sell products and services in North Africa. Specific opportunities for U.S. companies include but are not limited to: all security and safety equipment and related solutions for seaports, airports, border crossings, security and safety agencies such as the police, and buildings; integrated monitoring and surveillance solutions; luggage screening devices; fire prevention and control equipment, alarm equipment for building safety, emergency evacuation systems; radio communication systems; and inspection equipment for containers and seaport cargo, border and perimeter control, bomb detection equipment, uniforms, protective apparel & accessories (industrial) and x-ray and scanning equipment.  The mission will include stops in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco; Algiers, Algeria; and Cairo, Egypt, where participants will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key officials and prospective partners. There will be an optional stop in Beirut, Lebanon. Cost: $5,000 for large firms; $3,300 for SMEs.  Deadline for Registration: January 15, 2015. For more information, contact: Frank Spector at (202-482-2054) or Paul Matino at (410-962-4539 Ext. 108), or visit 

March 15 – March 21, 2015: Education Trade Mission to Central America
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing an education mission to El Salvador and Honduras with optional stop to Nicaragua. Department of Commerce is partnering with the Department of State’s EducationUSA Advising Centers. The education mission’s emphasis will be on U.S. higher education, focusing on, in order of importance, intensive English language programs, community colleges, and summer undergraduate and graduate programs.   Registration Deadline: January 15, 2015. Please contact with cc to for more information, or see the U.S. Commercial Service Education website for more details at


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