December 5, 2013 @ 11:00am CST: Opportunities in Kenya's Energy & Power Generation Sectors – Webinar
As the largest and among the most rapidly growing East African economies, Kenya offers many attractive investment opportunities for U.S. companies. The energy sector in particular, with up to 10 billion barrels in potential hydrocarbon reserves waiting to be discovered and developed and an ambitious government plan to build up 5000 Megawatts of power generation and transmission capacity over the next 40 months, could be especially attractive areas for American firms that wish to do more business in Africa. This teleconference will focus on doing business in Kenya and on opportunities for U.S. firms, particularly in the energy sector. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec will host the call and provide an introduction, which will be followed by an interactive question and answer session. The Ambassador will be joined by USAID Director Karen Freeman, Econ Counselor David Renz, Francis “Chip” Peters of the U.S. Commercial Service, and Mike Carrato (USAID). Deadline for RSVPs: Monday, December 2, 2013. Please RSVP by clicking here. For more information, click here.
December 12, 2013 @ 9:00am CST: Recruiting Students from Kazakhstan – Free Webinar
Currently, Kazakhstan sends about 25,000 self-paying undergraduate and graduate-level students overseas every year. Only about 6% of them currently choose to study in the United States, so we hope to help increase this number significantly. Kazakhstan is a rapidly-developing, politically-stable, oil-rich, ethnically diverse nation, that has tripled its GDP in recent years to around $13,000 per capita. This puts it in the same level of affluence of countries like Bulgaria, South Africa, and Costa Rica. Young people there actively study English – many Universities conduct all coursework in English -- and are very eager to study abroad. It’s not difficult for Kazakhstanis to get visas, either. Last year the issuance rate for F-1 (student) visas was 94% and since August 2013, 5-year visas to the U.S. are now issued to Kazakh citizens. In addition, the Government of Kazakhstan recently announced plans to close many local private universities, so the number of students seeking high-quality education overseas is forecast to increase. Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about marketing your school’s educational programs to students in this growing market. Hear from experts and ask your questions. To participate and receive dial-in/log-in information, please register at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=4Q1L. For questions, please contact: Debra.Rogers@trade.gov.
December 12, 2013: Opportunities for the U.S. Tourism Industry: Attracting Tourists from El Salvador, - Webinar
Salvadoran tourists are once again travelling to the United States in greater numbers. We invite U.S. tourism operators to participate in this teleconference call to learn more about this growing Latin American market with great potential. Panelists will include the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte, Economic Counselor, U.S. Commercial Service Officer, and representatives of the Salvadoran Travel Association and U.S. airlines connecting El Salvador to the United States. Please RSVP by clicking here. For more information, click here.
December 17, 2013 @ 10:00am CST: Design & Construction Opportunities in Russia – Free Webinar
Sochi 2014, FIFA 2018, oil revenues, and rising incomes are all powering design and construction demand in Russia. Join this FREE webinar to learn how to identify the emerging business opportunities in the market! Industry experts from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will lead this webinar to discuss demand for design services, construction equipment, and materials in Russia, and the ways in which U.S. companies can position themselves to win business. The team in Moscow will add special focus to the coming U.S. Pavilion at MosBuild 2014, among the largest construction industry trade shows in Europe, as participating in the U.S. Pavilion represents a strong opportunity to enter the market. For additional information, please contact Michael Marangell at Michael.Marangell@trade.gov. Registration: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=4Q2J
December 17, 2013 @ 5:00pm CST: Opportunities in Japan's Clean Tech Sector – Webinar
The Government of Japan (GOJ) implemented a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) law for renewable energy sources in July 2012, for the first time in history. In addition, the GOJ laid out a growth strategy whereby Japan is committed to increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources by eight times, reaching 190 terawatt hours (tWh), up from 25 tWh in 2010. To achieve this increase, a total of 99 GW of new renewable energy capacity will need to be installed in the next two decades. High growth in the Japan’s clean tech sector is anticipated, providing excellent export opportunities for U.S. firms that have cutting-edge, cost-competitive products and services particularly in solar PV, wind, geothermal and biomass subsectors. This webinar will also provide information on World Smart Energy Week 2014, a Commerce Department Certified Trade Fair. WSEW has evolved as Asia’s foremost and must-attend annual trade event and conference for the smart/renewable energy industry sector, including solar, wind, fuel cell, smart grid, battery technology, and eco-house/eco-building. WSEW has become an international destination show where U.S. exporters can meet potential partners from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Cost: $25. Register by December 13 at: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=4Q2B. Contact: Nyamusi Igambi at Nyamusi.Igambi@trade.gov or 713-209-3112.
January 9, 2014 @ 1:00pm: Mexico's Infrastructure Webinar Series - New Airport Projects in Mexico
The Mexican government is focused on improving its infrastructure on many fronts. President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to boost investment in infrastructure projects and will soon announce the 2013-2018 National Infrastructure Program (NIP), designed to address current transport bottlenecks. Cost: $40.Please register at: http://export.gov/mexico/mexicoinfrastructureopportunities/eg_mx_065299.asp.
January 30, 2014 @ 12:00 noon CST: Providing Services in Canada: Work Permits, Tax Implications & More – Webinar
This webinar will assist U.S. service companies, such as architects, engineers and technicians in identifying the process for sending temporary workers to Canada. Questions covered will include: Do I need to get a visa to do temporary work in Canada? Does NAFTA apply to my company? What documentation is required to send a temporary worker to Canada? What are the tax implications for my company and my employees doing work in Canada? Cost is $35. Please register online at https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=4Q0D. Event confirmation with dial-in instructions and a weblink will be email to you. Please direct any questions to U.S. Commercial Service Toronto c/o Doug.Jacobson@trade.gov or U.S. Commercial Service Ottawa c/o Tracey.Ford@trade.gov. (Please note, this webinar was postponed from October 31, 2013.).
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