March 18-19, 2015: Water Innovation Forum - Sydney, Australia
The Australian Water Association (AWA), the peak organization representing the industry, is organizing a Water Innovation Forum scheduled for March 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  The AWA has its own annual water trade show called Ozwater (the Australian equivalent of WEFTEC or AWWA’s ACE), but this Forum is specifically designed to showcase innovative water and wastewater treatment solutions and best practice across the water, construction, food and beverage, and agricultural industries that can be adopted in other sectors.  For U.S. companies keen to explore the Australian water market and/or identify and potentially meet with new end-users, we see this as an ideal event.  More information on the event can be found at http://www.awa.asn.au/EventDetail.aspx?id=4294979855.  Questions: Contact Vicki Tolefree at Vicki.tolefree@trade.gov or 312-353-3748, or John Kanawati at john.kanawati@trade.gov.

March 23-24, 2015: SelectUSA Investment Summit - National Harbor, MD
The SelectUSA 2015 Investment Summit will connect businesses and investors from around the world with U.S. economic development organizations at the state, regional, and local levels. Participants will benefit from unique networking opportunities; one-on-one meetings; moderated panels; and discussions on the latest information on business investment. Venue: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, near Washington, DC. To learn more about the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit visit: http://selectusa.commerce.gov/selectusa-investment-summit.

April 3, 2015:  Matchmaking Event with Student Recruitment Agents – Almaty, Kazakhstan
The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing an additional opportunity for U.S. colleges and universities exhibiting at the Kazakhstan education fairs on April 4 & 5 to further enhance their student recruitment efforts in Kazakhstan.  The U.S. Commercial Service is inviting select Kazakhstani student recruitment agents who would like to represent additional U.S. schools for individual meetings with interested U.S. colleges and universities coming to Almaty for the education fair.  The event will take place on the afternoon of Friday, April 3, and will include 4-5 individual meetings with top Kazakhstani student recruitment agents per school and a 30-minute coffee-break for networking.  Fee:  $500.  To sign up, please email Debra.Rogers@trade.gov and Aliya.Shaikhina@trade.gov, and we will send you a participation agreement and link for online payment.  Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

April 4-5, 2015: U.S. Consulate Education Fairs in Kazakhstan – Almaty & Shymkent
Organized by the U.S. Commercial Service and the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Consulate General, U.S. colleges and universities will have the opportunity to recruit Kazakh students on Saturday, April 4 in Almaty; and Sunday, April 5 in Shymkent, a one-hour flight away. $750 registration fee covers a booth at both at fairs. Almaty is the major commercial and cultural center of Kazakhstan, and Shymkent is the third most populated city of the country. There are 45 universities in Almaty and 12 universities in Shymkent. Almaty and Shymkent have more than 200,000 college students and the highest percentage of high school graduates in Kazakhstan (40%). Kazakhstan sends over 37,000 self-funded students abroad, and this number has tripled over the past five years. Since August 1, 2013 Kazakhstani citizens are eligible to apply for a 5-year visa to the United States.   Please register online at http://bit.ly/KAZAprilFair. For more information, please contact: Debra Rogers, U.S. Commercial Service – Chicago, Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

April 8, 2015:  Essentials of Export Controls – St. Louis, MO
This is an intensive, one-day program that covers the key information you need to know to comply with the Export Administration Regulations.  Counseling and other professionals from the Bureau of Industry and Security will cover the major elements of the U.S. export control system for commercial exports.  Topics covered: Export Control Basics and Types of Controls; Classifying Your Product; Determining License Requirements; General Prohibitions; Using License Exceptions; License Application / Supporting Documentation; & Export Clearance and Recordkeeping. This fast-paced program is ideal for those with busy schedules. For more information visit: www.missouriexports.com.

April 9, 2015:  How to Develop an Export Management & Compliance Program – St. Louis, MO
This one-day workshop provides an overview of the steps a company may take to implement an internal Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP).  Agenda topics include guidance on how to establish an EMCP, strategies to improve your company’s compliance program, how to avoid common compliance errors, and how to build a solid framework for your company’s compliance program. This event will be led by senior export compliance specialists from the Bureau of Industry and Security. For more information visit: www.missouriexports.com.

April 16 -18, 2015: EducationUSA Fair – Germany
The U.S. Mission to Germany is pleased to promote EducationUSA fairs in Hamburg and Heidelberg, jointly organized by EducationUSA, the Public Affairs Office, and the U.S. Commercial Service in Germany. Germany is the twelfth leading place of origin for students coming to the United States, with 9,819 students in 2013. Both cities have strong ties to the United States and a large student population. Staff from the U.S. Mission in Germany will be on hand to promote education opportunities in the United States as well as counsel potential students on benefits of studying in the United States. High school visits will be part of the program and these event dates are coordinated with other EducationUSA fair opportunities in Europe. For more information please contact Elizabeth.Walsh@trade.gov , U.S. Commercial Service – Frankfurt, with cc to Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.

May 6-8, 2015: International Environmental Technology Trade Fair (IE 2015), Shanghai, China
The U.S. Commercial Service in Shanghai is pleased to invite American firms to exhibit in the U.S. Pavilion at the IE Expo 2015.  This is an outstanding opportunity to promote your company’s environmental related products, technologies and solutions in order to develop your business in Asia’s largest market.  IE Expo 2015 is an international trade fair for water, sewage, refuse, recycling, air pollution control, soil remediation and energy conservation. IE Expo 2015 will also offer a high quality conference program of workshops and B2B matchmaking activities for U.S. exporters to meet experienced professionals; key domestic and international trade associations; government agencies and ministries.  For more information contact Vicki Tolefree at 312-353-3748 or email: Vicki.tolefree@trade.gov.

May 12-14, 2015: Discover Global Markets: The Americas – Miami, FL
Attend this premier international business conference for U.S. executives and discover current & upcoming opportunities as well as what challenges lie ahead in our dynamic hemisphere. Hear from panels featuring economists, industry professionals, trade experts, and U.S. Diplomats who will explore these and many other topics to help you to define your competitive strategy in the Americas. In Miami, you can meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from the following countries to discuss global opportunities for your organization in North America (Canada and Mexico); Central America/Caribbean (Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago); and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru). For registration & more information, see http://www.export.gov/florida/dgmamericas/dgmamericas082320.asp.

New Videos on Export Regulations Can Guide Your Goods to Profits Abroad
Exporters often want to know: “Does my product need a license before I can sell it to an overseas buyer?” The answer is often “no,” as 95% of goods shipped from the U.S. don’t require a license. But exporters must do additional due diligence to make sure their goods are not sold to denied parties. In a new series of videos produced by the Trade Information Center and Foreign Trade Statistics, the basics of export regulations are presented in a clear and engaging way. The series also contains videos on how to use trade statistics to pinpoint best markets and the role of freight forwarders and letters of credit in the export process. There are now 20 short videos to help U.S. companies successfully participate in the National Export Initiative – click here to view.

Boost Your Service Exports by Connecting with Spanish Investors
Spanish investment in the US soared from $14 billion to $38 billion in just two years through 2008, making it the 10th largest investor in the US. This continuing trend is important to the US economy and provides untapped opportunities for US service exporters. Spanish investment focuses on clean energy, clean tech and infrastructure. The online ServiceSolutionsUSA directory promotes the services of US-based firms and economic development agencies to investors in Spain. The directory gives US companies access and exposure to Spanish clients who seek US expertise in accounting, branding, banking, consulting, global logistics, trade finance, insurance, legal, regulatory, site selection, and other needs. The year-long basic membership fee is waived for companies that join before June 1, 2010. Key Spanish partners supporting this initiative include the Spanish government's Institute of Foreign Trade, the Spanish Bio-tech Association, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain - the largest business association in the country, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain. ServiceSolutionsUSA is featured on the US Commercial Service webpage in Spain, which has over 35,000 hits per month. Subscribe now and boost your service exports to Spain! Learn more/ register. Questions, please contact Carmen.Ribera@mail.doc.gov.

走进美国"- Generate Actionable PRC Client Leads for Your Service Expertise
"AccessAmerica" is our new online Chinese-language directory of U.S. firms that provide customized services to Chinese companies that want to conduct business in the U.S., including finding partners and setting up offices. The "AccessAmerica" Service Provider directory gives U.S.-based companies and economic development agencies access and exposure to Chinese clients who seek U.S. expertise in global logistics, trade finance, HR, site selection, tax, insurance, legal and regulatory issues, marketing, and other support related to investing in the U.S. It is promoted in China, in Chinese, in cooperation with our partners including the Council of American States in China, CCPIT, Shanghai Overseas Investment Development Board, the U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chambers of Commerce in China, among others. State partners include Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi and New York. AccessAmerica is featured on the U.S. Embassy Chinese webpage which has 100,000 hits per month. It is also featured at Invest in America programs in the U.S. and China, such as the China Overseas Investment Fair and Invest New York events in November. AccessAmerica was featured in China Business Review, Xinhua and China Trade News and is generating actionable leads for subscribers. Your listing will include company information, company logo, and contact details, all translated into Chinese, for a one-year subscription fee of $400. Increase your firm's visibility in China and boost your service exports! Click here to Visit "AccessAmerica" or direct questions to julie.carducci@trade.gov.

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