March 1-4, 2015: Multi-Sector Trade Mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Join the U.S. Department of Commerce on a 4-day trade mission exploring the market in the Dominican Republic. With a population of 10 million consumers and a GDP of $59 billion, the Dominican Republic is the ninth largest economy in Latin America and the second largest in the Caribbean region. The United States represents the DR’s largest trading partner, 43.6 percent of imports into the DR are of U.S. origin. Since the entry into force of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), bilateral trade has grown at a robust pace. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one business appointments with Commercial Officers and local companies. Each one-on-one business appointment will be with a pre-screened potential buyer, agent, distributor or joint-venture partner.  Funding for the trip will be provided to eligible companies by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity -Office of Trade and Investment. Dates of mission: March 1–4, 2015. Deadline to apply: October 31, 2014. For more information or to apply, please contact

March 4-12, 2015: Safety & Security Trade Mission to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration is organizing an Executive-led Business Development Mission in March 2015. The mission's purpose is to help U.S. firms in the safety and security industry find business partners and sell products and services in North Africa. Specific opportunities for U.S. companies include but are not limited to: all security and safety equipment and related solutions for seaports, airports, border crossings, security and safety agencies such as the police, and buildings; integrated monitoring and surveillance solutions; luggage screening devices; fire prevention and control equipment, alarm equipment for building safety, emergency evacuation systems; radio communication systems; and inspection equipment for containers and seaport cargo, border and perimeter control, bomb detection equipment, uniforms, protective apparel & accessories (industrial) and x-ray and scanning equipment.  The mission will include stops in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco; Algiers, Algeria; and Cairo, Egypt, where participants will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key officials and prospective partners. There will be an optional stop in Beirut, Lebanon. Cost: $5,000 for large firms; $3,300 for SMEs.  Deadline for Registration: January 15, 2015. For more information, contact: Frank Spector at (202-482-2054) or Paul Matino at (410-962-4539 Ext. 108), or visit 

March 15 – March 21, 2015: Education Trade Mission to Central America
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing an education mission to El Salvador and Honduras with optional stop to Nicaragua. Department of Commerce is partnering with the Department of State’s EducationUSA Advising Centers. The education mission’s emphasis will be on U.S. higher education, focusing on, in order of importance, intensive English language programs, community colleges, and summer undergraduate and graduate programs.   Registration Deadline: January 15, 2015. Please contact with cc to for more information, or see the U.S. Commercial Service Education website for more details at

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