Participation Requirements & Selection Criteria
All parties interested in participating in the Secretarial West Africa Business Development Mission to Africa must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. Approximately 20-25 companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. companies doing business in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter these markets for the first time may apply.
Conditions of Participation:
An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account when evaluating the applications.
Each applicant must also:
o U.S. materials and equipment content;
o U.S. labor content;
o Repatriation of profits to the U.S. economy;
o Potential for follow-on business that would benefit the U.S. economy;
Selection Criteria for Participation: Selection will be based on the following criteria, listed in decreasing order of importance:
Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review process.
Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing references to partisan political activities (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant’s submission and not considered during the selection process.