INTERNATIONAL TRADE MISSIONS

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: http://www.export.gov/trademissions/ NALinfrastructure Space is limited. Deadline Extended to: September 30, 2014. For questions, contact Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

February 2-6, 2015: Ports and Marine Technology Mission to India
India’s rapid port infrastructure growth and marine technology developments open tremendous opportunities for U.S. companies.  Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kochi will be featured destinations on an upcoming U.S. Department of Commerce Executive-Led Port and Marine Technology Trade Mission to India February 2-6, 2015 that will be outlined during this webinar. India’s extensive coast is home to more than 200 ports, with most equipment obsolete and projected cargo growth rates tripling by 2020. Sales opportunities are coming from government tenders as well as private ports and terminal operators with upgrades and new projects. Leading equipment and services opportunities for U.S. exports to India’s port and marine sectors concentrate in the areas of security, logistics, vessel tracking, oil spill detection and contingency preparedness, dredging, underwater exploration and mapping, among other goods and services. For details on Trade Mission visit:  www.export.gov/trademissions/portsindia. For further inquiries please contact Jessica Gordon at jessica.gordon@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

March 1-4, 2015: Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Join the U.S. Department of Commerce on a 4-day trade mission exploring the market in the Dominican Republic. With a population of 10 million consumers and a GDP of $59 billion, the Dominican Republic is the ninth largest economy in Latin America and the second largest in the Caribbean region. The United States represents the DR’s largest trading partner, 43.6 percent of imports into the DR are of U.S. origin. Since the entry into force of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), bilateral trade has grown at a robust pace. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one business appointments with Commercial Officers and local companies. Each one-on-one business appointment will be with a pre-screened potential buyer, agent, distributor or joint-venture partner.  Funding for the trip will be provided to eligible companies by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity -Office of Trade and Investment. Dates of mission: March 1–4, 2015. Deadline to apply: October 31, 2014. For more information or to apply, please contact Haley.Pitonyak@trade.gov.

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 Frank.Spector@trade.gov (202-482-2054) or Paul Matino at Paul.Matino@trade.gov (410-962-4539 Ext. 108), or visit http://export.gov/trademissions/safetysecurity2015/ 

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 Gabriela.Zelaya@trade.gov with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov for more information, or see the U.S. Commercial Service Education website for more details at http://export.gov/industry/education/.

 

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