Who can be a Strategic Partner?
A partner can be any U.S. or foreign entity that meets the following criteria:
How should the activities differ from the International Buyer Program (IBP) when it comes to Trade Shows and Associations?
The purpose of these agreements is to conduct trade promotion activities with an outside entity throughout the fiscal year; it is not to offer focused promotion and support of an individual trade show. Using these agreements with a Trade Show or Association entity should be a longer term strategy, with several trade promotion activities involved that are not solely focused on an individual show. Concerted efforts to recruit delegations from multiple Posts and promotion of specific trade shows should only be done for IBP/Trade Fair Certified shows.
Does this effect an organization’s application to the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP)?
No. These agreements are separate and distinct from the MDCP, so an entity that has a partnership agreement may apply for an MDCP and vice versa though one should not affect any decisions related to the other. http://trade.gov/mdcp/.
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