Trade Mission to the Canary Islands and Africagua
November 16-20, 2015

The Virginia/DC District Export Council (DEC*) is organizing a Trade Mission to the Canary Islands, November 16-20, 2015. The purpose of this trade mission is to help U.S. firms in the energy, environmental technologies, industrial equipment and supplies, infrastructure and logistics sectors find partners from the Canary Islands and other regions of Spain to sell products and services in West Africa and to learn about the advantages of setting up an operation in the Canary Islands to pursue opportunities in West Africa. The event is open to all qualified U.S. firms.

This trade mission, certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service, will support the Obama Administration’s Doing Business in Africa and Power Africa initiatives.

The Canary Islands, Spain a European Union region located just 62 miles from Africa, are an extraordinary base from which to expand your exports to West Africa and beyond. The mission will visit the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, where the delegates will receive market briefings on the Canary Islands and West Africa and participate in customized meetings with key officials and prospective business partners. The delegates will have the opportunity to see first-hand the infrastructure sites that make the Canary Islands a strategic hub for global companies expanding into Africa, including visits to the free trade zones, the international ports, and the technological institutes that lead the transfer of renewable energy technologies to Africa. The program will feature visits to the logistic and operational centers of American and international organizations established in the Canary Islands, such as USAID, the UN World Food Program and the International Red Cross. The event activities will also include exclusive networking receptions with local industry and government leaders from the Canary Islands, Spain and several African countries.

Trade mission participants in the water and renewable energy sectors will have the option of attending the Africagua conference, which will take place on the island of Fuerteventura, the Canary Island’s closest point to Africa, just off the coast of Morocco. The program includes presentations and meetings with ministers and other high-level government decision-makers from Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal, Ghana, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea. Africagua is an international forum covering the renewable energy and water sectors in Africa. The annual event brings together international, regional and local authorities, as well as representatives of private enterprises from Africa, the European Union, and around the world. The conference will conclude with an exclusive networking reception with Africagua participants.

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*District Export Councils are organizations of business leaders from local communities, appointed by various U.S. Secretaries of Commence, whose knowledge of and expertise in international business provides a source of professional advice for their region’s local firms. Closely affiliated with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Assistance Centers and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the 59 DECS that exist throughout the country support the U.S. Government’s export promotion programs.

Trade Mission Features

The mission will help participating firms gain market insights, make industry and government contacts, and solidify business strategies with the goal of increasing U.S. exports of products and services to West Africa. The mission will include:

● expert briefings by U.S. Commercial Service and local and regional government officials about the opportunities and challenges of the region

● B2B business appointments with pre-screened potential partners in Tenerife and Gran Canaria

● visits to infrastructure sites and logistic centers that make the Canary Islands a strategic hub from which to increase exports to Africa

● exclusive networking receptions with local industry leader and government officials

● optional visit to the Africagua Conference (conference activities will include presentations; workshops; networking receptions and B2B meetings with additional firms and government decision-makers from the region, including Morocco, Senegal, Cape Verde, Ghana and Mauritania

Trade Mission dates: November 16-20, 2015

Application deadline: October 9, 2015

Deadline to pay participation fee: October 16, 2015

Trade Mission participation fee:

● $2,500 per company (one executive)

● $300 each additional executive traveling with a participating firm

● Registration fee for the Africagua conference will be waived for trade mission participants

Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each participant.

To Apply: Please contact John Saylor or Sandra Collazo for an application. Please submit the completed application and your company’s product/service literature for the Virginia/DC DEC Trade Mission to the Canary Islands and Africagua to John Saylor or Sandra Collazo. Applications will be reviewed to determine your firm’s potential in the region, with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 companies accepted. Applications received after the October 9th deadline will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

Apply now - space is limited! For more Information and to request an application for this trade mission, please contact:

John Saylor, Chairman
Virginia/DC District Export Council
Tel (703) 966-1280

Sandra Collazo
Senior International Trade Specialist

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