May 15-23, 2014: TRADE WINDS – The Americas: Trade Mission & Business Development Conference to Colombia, Panama, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru
A U.S. Commercial Service-organized business forum consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service senior commercial officers representing commercial markets throughout the region. Business-to-business meetings will be arranged at each stop. With an increasing number of Free Trade Agreements having entered into force between the United States and South/Central American countries in the past few years, trade between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru is booming. These countries now constitute some of the largest markets for U.S. exports. For details, see: http://export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds/index.asp.
May 18-23, 2014: Energy Trade Mission to West Africa - Ghana and Nigeria
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria from May 18-23, 2014. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Africa by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa. In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money in developing their energy and power sectors. As a result, the mission will focus on export-ready U.S. firms in the energy sector, including oil and gas, that can help the target countries develop and manage energy resources and systems, build out power generation and transmission, and distribution. While a number of U.S. companies successfully take advantage of the business opportunities Africa, the U.S. Department of Commerce recognizes that some companies need assistance navigating foreign markets to take full advantage of the wide range of opportunities that exist. This mission will assist U.S. businesses in initiating or expanding exports to the region by: Arranging business-to-business introductions; Providing market access information; and Facilitating access to government decision makers. Apply Now, Space is Limited. http://export.gov/AfricaEnergyMission2014 Cities: Accra, Ghana, Lagos & Abuja, Nigeria. Application Deadline: March 14, 2014. Please Contact for More Information: The Office of Business Liaison, U.S. Dept. Commerce BusinessLiaison@doc.gov, phone: 202-482-1360.
May 20-23, 2014: Illinois Trade Mission to Hospitalar 2014– Sao Paulo, Brazil
The State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) will lead a trade mission to Hospitalar 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. OTI will offer eight booth spaces at the North America Pavilion, free of charge, to qualified Illinois manufactures and service providers in medical device and health care sectors. The Hospitalar 2014 show is certified by the US Department of Commerce and the Illinois mission is supported by the US Commercial Service offices in Chicago and Brazil. Companies with the latest innovations, equipment and technology are encouraged to apply. At least fifty percent of the company travel and lodging costs will be reimbursed for qualified Illinois companies that participate. Spots will go quickly, so register your interest and request and application ASAP from Mr. Zhigang Ren at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to Christian.Koschil@trade.gov.
June 8-12, 2014: Opportunities in the Caribbean Region - Trade Mission and Business Development Conference – Dominican Republic & Beyond
The mission is being organized, in conjunction with the Trade Americas - Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic June 8-12. U.S. trade mission delegation member participants will arrive in Santo Domingo on June 8, and will attend the Trade Americas - Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference on June 9. Following the half-day conference, participants will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one business appointments with Econ/Commercial Officers from the following U.S. Embassies in the Caribbean region: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, and Trinidad and Tobago. The following day participants will have matchmaking appointments with Dominican companies in the Dominican Republic. And the day after, participants will travel to Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados, or Trinidad and Tobago (choosing one market) for additional one-on-one business appointments. Deadline to register: April 11. See: http://export.gov/tradeamericas/tradeevents/trademissions/caribbeanjune2014/index.asp.
June 24-July 9: Illinois Trade Mission to Kenya and Tanzania - Nairobi, Kenya/ Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment is leading a trade mission to Kenya and Tanzania to promote Illinois-based businesses in the two markets. In Nairobi, Kenya, delegates will meet with U.S. Embassy staff to get an understanding of the market, identify entry strategies, and possible challenges. Delegation members will also engage one-on-one in pre-arranged meetings with potential partners, and attend a VIP networking reception hosted by the Embassy and local Amcham. In Dar es Salaam, delegates will again participate in information and strategy sessions with staff from the U.S. Embassy, as well as attend a VIP networking reception. In addition, delegates will exhibit at the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair, a strong opportunity to get connected to the developing markets across Southern Africa. Participants may be eligible to receive up to 75% reimbursement for travel expenses and program costs. For more information contact Michael Marangell at Michael.Marangell@trade.gov.
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