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Conquer the Value-Added Tax for EU

Learn from VAT Experts within your International Business Community

On Monday, May 18th between 5:00pm – 7:30pm at Sobel & Co. located at 293 Eisenhower Parkway-Suite 290, Livingston, NJ 07039.  The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the New Jersey District Export Council, Sobel & Co., and Government of Flanders presents a free seminar on the Value-Added Tax in the European Union.  We would like to provide you with an understandable and practical overview of the Value-Added Tax “VAT” landscape in the European Union and discuss some trends and developments we see from a legislative standpoint as well as share experiences of dealings with local VAT authorities throughout the European Union.

Special attention will be given to U.S. Exporters currently facing VAT issues from the European Union.

Who should attend: Presidents, Vice Presidents, Traffic Managers, Export Managers, Comptrollers, and Compliance Managers.


  • How does the VAT work?
  • What is important to US importers in the EU?
  • High-level overview of (VAT) Supply Chain / reporting efficiencies available
  • Current trends and developments
  • Connect and build relationships with peers
  • Receive on the spot guidance from solution driven service providers
  • Meet local, state, and federal agencies related to exporting
  • Q & A session

To RSVP please contact: Ms. Sally Glick, Tel: (973) 994-9494 or email:

For more information contact: Mr. Michel Wouters, Tel: (201) 314-2294 or email:

Healthcare Industry Opportunities in Ethiopia

Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, August 5th

20 Washington Place, Suite 615

Newark NJ 07302


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Join Ms. Tanya Cole, the U.S. Senior Commercial Officer for Ethiopia, for a roundtable discussion on opportunities that exist in Ethiopia within the Healthcare industry. WHY ETHIOPIA? Ethiopia is uncharted territory in the Horn of Africa. There are 90+ million people total and about 5 million in the capital of Addis Abba. The city is booming in construction of new roads, light rail, hotels, and office and residential buildings. There is a growing middle class with purchasing power. 60% of people are under 45 and 40% are 15 and under. They are 14th for GDP growth in the world and 1st in Africa –and have had double digit growth (10-11%) and have a 5 year strategy for the transformation of their country. GTP 1 and now GTP 2 focuses on healthcare and tourism as well as infrastructure: power, roads and railway. It’s important to note that they have low corruption and all government bids are tendered.

Speaker Bio

Tanya Cole joined the U.S. Commercial Service in 2006 as a Foreign Service Officer after more than 20 years of experience in the private sector working on engineering and environmental infrastructure projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Ms. Cole served as Environmental Engineering Expert for the French Development Agency, USAID and the World Bank for water treatment, transportation, roads and waste management projects. She has lived in Egypt, France, Malaysia, Philippines, Colombia, Tunisia, and Ethiopia.

Currently Ms. Cole is the U.S. Senior Commercial Officer for Ethiopia opening the newly established Commercial Service office in Addis Ababa. Her focus is on market entry, partnership and financing of energy, infrastructure, healthcare and textile manufacturing projects. The objective is to leverage CSR and impact investment strategies, AGOA, and Ex-Im financing as a more sustainable development platform. During Ms. Cole recent post in Long Island, New York, at the U.S. Export Assistance Center serving the tri-state business communities, she developed programs on entrepreneurship in Africa working with several universities to build bi-continental business programs, leveraging her business expertise in Africa, Middle East and South America emerging markets.  She served as one of the lead U.S. Commercial Service representatives on the U.S. Presidential Doing Business in Africa Campaign targeted at assisting SMEs export to Africa.  Ms. Cole also served in Tunisia as the Senior Commercial Liaison Officer to the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the U.S. Commercial Service, Office of the U.S. Executive Director and as Commercial Attaché at U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia.  As Commercial Attaché, Ms. Cole organized and promoted more than 15 VIP ministerial technical trade visits and commercial marketing events, including four U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s visits and the U.S. Secretary of State Rice’s congressional trade promotion visit. Ms. Cole has taught scientific courses at the school of medicine, pharmacy section, in Paris, France.

Ms. Cole has a MA degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, with distinction, focusing on WTO, and EU trade agreements; Certificates in Health Sciences and Environmental Engineering, and BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Psychology, from the University of Westminster London, Harvard, UC Davis and UCLA, respectively. Ms. Cole speaks French and Spanish.      

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