September 7-11, 2014: Multi-Sector Trade Mission to UAE and Qatar
Join Channels Business Solutions on a U.S. Department of Commerce-certified trade mission in exploring the high growth markets of UAE and Qatar.  The United Arab Emirates has been the top United States export destination in the entire Middle East North Africa (MENA) region for the last four years.  Qatar has one of the highest rates of GDP per capita in the world, as well as a stable government and economy; it also ranks as the fifth largest U.S. export market in the MENA region. U.S. exports to Qatar have grown by over 700% over the last ten years.  Dates of mission: September 7 -11, 2014.  Deadline to register: July 14. Fee $4,950 per person per company, $1,800 per additional representative.  For more information, please contact or go to

October 19-23, 2014: Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Japan & Korea
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Tokyo and Seoul.  This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors.  In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money to develop these sectors.  Application deadline is August 22, 2014.  Participation fee for SMEs is $9,500 and $12,000 for large firms, and $3,500 for each additional participant.  For more information and to apply visit:

November 12-13, 2014: Energy and Energy Efficiency Trade Policy Mission to Peru
Join a U.S. Department of Commerce official on a two-day renewable energy and energy efficiency (RE&EE) trade policy mission to Lima, Peru. The mission will help create a policy environment in Peru capable of facilitating additional RE&EE development, remove restrictions to U.S. RE&EE exports, and introduce U.S. companies to senior-level Peruvian officials.  Peru’s liberalized power market and strong policy regime led to over $1 billion of cumulative clean energy investment since 2012, with additional investment expected well into the future. Peru now offers several policy incentives, including priority dispatch for renewable electricity, accelerated depreciation of up to 20 percent for investments in machinery or equipment that support renewable energy deployment, and technology-specific auctions.

Participants in the RE&EE trade policy mission will:

  • Accompany a Department of Commerce official to meetings with the Government of Peru on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy;
  • Receive an invitation to an official reception for networking with Peruvian officials and companies; and
  • Receive in-depth market information from the U.S. Embassy in Lima, including opportunities, challenges, and long-term projections of the Peruvian RE&EE market.

Cost: $2,300 for large firms; $1,300 for SMEs. Participants will be expected to make their own travel arrangements. Deadline for Registration: August 31, 2014.  For more information, contact: or or visit:

December 3-11, 2014: Infrastructure Business Development Mission to Morocco, Egypt, & Jordan
Organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this mission (with optional West Bank briefings) will enable U.S. firms will gain market insights, make industry contacts, network with key government officials and decision makers, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects. With a predicted 5-7% annual rate of infrastructure expansion growth in 2014, there are many opportunities for U.S. companies across North Africa and the Levant region, especially in efficient energy technology equipment and services, transportation infrastructure and equipment, water and waste treatment, marine and ports infrastructure, and tourism and building construction.  Increasingly seen as Northwest Africa’s regional hub for transportation and business, Morocco plans to invest $15 billion towards upgrading basic infrastructure by 2015. Egypt’s has set a target of 20% power from wind, hydro, and solar by 2020, and the Suez Canal Regional Development Project is expected to be implemented in late 2014/2015. Jordan’s Free Trade Agreement with the United States, means there are now virtually no tariffs between the two countries, and bilateral trade has increased 600% over the last ten years. The government’s $18 billion strategic energy plan and $2.2 billion investment in efficient energy projects provide excellent opportunities for U.S. companies.  Apply now at: NALinfrastructure Space is limited. See above for info on the June 25 webinar regarding these markets and the mission. Deadline: September 12, 2014. For questions, contact

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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