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Trade Leads
The project objective is to increase agricultural productivity and raise incomes and living conditions of communities in the project area through appropriate irrigation infrastructure and social services. The project will enable the target group to move from low income rain fed agriculture to the production of high value crops, consistant with the National Indicative Program for Swaziland. Currency: UAC.
Dynamic purchasing system support (MTF) efforts on demand, which can result in a 2 year period, consisting of computer equipment, office equipment, and telecommunications equipment contracts. Specific equipment requested: desktops, laptops, data processing equipment, laser printers, projector, network equipment, telephone equipment, video conferencing equipment, telecommunications equipment and supplies, uninterruptible power supplies, electricity supplies, server, encoder, mobile Phones, telephones, microwave equipment, photocopiers, photo-and thermo-copying devices, shredders, identity card printing machines. Tenders must be submitted in Lithuanian.
A 4-year framework contract for office supplies, divided into four individual lots. Lot 1 (value 319,183USD) includes small office equipment, delivery trays and desk equipment, ring binders and paper clips, letter openers, staplers and hole punches, paper stationery and other items, and laminating equipment. Lot 2 (value 319,183USD) includes toilet paper, handkerchiefs, paper towels and napkins. Lot 3 (value 319,183USD) includes air fresheners, trash cans and trash bags, cloths, sponges and scourers, scouring pastes, lotions and powders, washing powders, detergents for dishes, windows and floors, toilet bowls and drains, disinfectants, paper napkins, disposable tableware, validators and suspension, incandescent, halogen , fluorescent and LED lights, rechargeable and non-rechargeable cells, electricity network extenders and boosters. Lot 4 (value 2,073,448USD) includes original fax, printer and copier cartridges and ink, printer and copier image handling, heating (lock), drum units, rollers and maintenance kits. All tenders must be submitted in Lithuanian.

Market Research
The Republic of Kazakhstan is among the world’s leaders in production of agricultural commodities. Before the 2008 financial crisis, food processing had been one of Kazakhstan’s rapidly developing industries, growing at 15% a year. In 2010, the industry showed clear recovery signs and is expected to return to pre-crisis development levels. This is expected to increase the demand for equipment imports
Hungary is located in Central Eastern Europe with a population of 9.9 million and has fully transitioned from a centrally planned economy to a market-based one since the fall of communism in 1989. It is a member of the OECD (1996), NATO (1999), and the European Union (2004). Per capita income is nearly two-thirds that of the EU-27 average and total GDP is USD 130 billion. The private sector accounts for more than 80% of GDP. Hungary’s strategic location in Europe, access to EU markets, highly skilled and educated work-force, and sound infrastructure have led companies such as GE, Alcoa, Morgan Stanley, National Instruments, Microsoft, IBM and many others to locate facilities here, both in manufacturing and services. Currently, there are approximately 800 partially owned and 128 wholly owned US companies operating in Hungary. Many of these companies find that Hungary’s geographic position in Central Europe also offers a strategic logistical hub within the region. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Hungary has helped modernize industries, create jobs, boost exports and spur economic growth. Hungary’s cumulative FDI stock has totaled more than USD 104 billion since 1989. Key sectors include automotive, IT, electronics, logistics, and more recently shared services (back office and/or call center operations). American companies have invested close to USD 10 billion in Hungary since 1989, making the U.S. the 4th-largest foreign investor behind Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, U.S. exports to Hungary have topped USD 1 billion dollars in each of the last five years, led by electronics, IT equipment, automotive components, industrial engines and other manufacturing technologies and supplies
Hungary is located in Central Eastern Europe with a population of 9.9 million and has fully transitioned from a centrally planned economy to a market-based one since the fall of communism in 1989. It is a member of the OECD (1996), NATO (1999), and the European Union (2004). Per capita income is nearly two-thirds that of the EU-27 average and total GDP is USD 130 billion. The private sector accounts for more than 80% of GDP. Hungary’s strategic location in Europe, access to EU markets, highly skilled and educated work-force, and sound infrastructure have led companies such as GE, Alcoa, Morgan Stanley, National Instruments, Microsoft, IBM and many others to locate facilities here, both in manufacturing and services. Currently, there are approximately 800 partially owned and 128 wholly owned US companies operating in Hungary. Many of these companies find that Hungary’s geographic position in Central Europe also offers a strategic logistical hub within the region.

Trade Events
FABTECH Mexico, co-sponsored by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Int'l (FMA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), co-locates with the established AWS Weldmex and METALFORM Mexico once again in 2015. The "Mega Event", held at the Cintermex in Monterray, Mexico May 5-7, 2015 is expected to reach more than 450 exhibitors, 100,000 net square feet of floor space and draw over 12,000 attendees from Mexico and Central America. FABTCH MEXICO collocated with AWS Weldmex and Metalform is EXPO Metalmecanica.This show is specialized and focused on Fabrication, Metalforming and Welding. The show will take place in the largest Mexico City exhibition center. Last year over 350 U. S. companies participated and sold into Mexico and Latin American markets. With over 450 exhibitors, we are expecting to exceed our 2013 record of 10,000 visitors. As FABTECH Mexico is a certified trade fair, U. S. companies from 47 states wanting to be exhibitors on this show can make use of the 30 million dollar grant approved under the STEP program. (Limited to certain states) Companies interested in participating shall register to receive more information.
Techtextil 2015 is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. The various sectors that will showcase the products and services such as Agrotech, Buildtech, Clothtech, Geotech, Hometech, Indutech, Medtech, Mobiltech, Oekotech, Packtech, Protech and Sporttech. The Agrotech will be concerned with latest ideas and products for agriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape gardening; its target groups include agricultural engineers, architects, agricultural institutions and large-scale organizations. The Buildtech area includes important innovations in membrane construction, lightweight and solid structures; earthworks; hydraulic engineering; and road construction; the target groups include building sponsors and investors. Techtextil 2015 will be an excellent market platform to exchange and discuss a host of new ideas with an objective of bringing in new projects.
U.S. defense and security companies interested in selling their products and services to Turkey, and in European and Middle East markets should consider exhibiting at IDEF 2015, Turkey's International Defense Industry Fair. IDEF 2015 will take place May 5-8, 2015 at TUYAP Fair, Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Defense, IDEF 2015 is one of the largest defense exhibitions in the region and will offer U.S. exhibitors an excellent opportunity to meet with key decision makers in Turkey's Armed Forces, along with distributors, potential partners and prime contractors in Turkey and throughout the region. U.S. Commercial Service staff and U.S. Department of Defense Cooperation officers will assist U.S. exhibitors in expediting contacts and meetings with major decision makers in Turkish and other foreign militaries and governments, and local and third country company officials. As charter member of NATO and a key strategic ally of the United States, Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO, with more than 610,000 in uniform. For 2014, Turkey's overall defense budget increased by 6.71 percent to $14.212 billion compared to $13.317 billion for 2013. Turkey's defense ministry' budget increased by 7.15 percent to $10.908 billion compared to $10.18 billion in 2013. The Gendarmerie will receive $3.08 billion, up 5.35 percent from $2.922 billion in 2013. And the Coast Guard will receive $226 million in 2014 compared to the $216 million it received in 2013. Turkey's defense budgets are expected to receive annual increases over the foreseeable future. IDEF has played an essential role in the development of friendship and cooperation between participating countries, and has an established increasing trend in the number of participating countries, delegations and exhibiting companies. IDEF 2013 hosted 794 companies and representatives from 51 countries showcased their products and services to 26 Ministers and Deputy Ministers, 19 General Staff Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs, and 531 high-level foreign defense procurement officials from 81 countries. Trade visitors at IDEF 2013 totaled 54,210, from 111 countries. Products and services featured at IDEF 2015 will include: • Land: Tanks, Armored Fighting and Mine Resistant Vehicles, Artillery Systems, Infantry Weapons, Command / Control / Communication (C3) Systems, IFF Systems, IFR Systems, EW Systems, Night Vision Systems, Thermal Systems, Communication Systems, Air Defense Systems, Fixed and Rotary Wing Platforms, MedEvac Platforms, UAS, UAVs , etc.; • Naval: Combat and Support Vessels, Electronic Warfare and Self-Protection Systems, Fire Control and Target Acquisition Systems, Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface Warfare Systems, Ship Electrical Systems, Naval Guns and Ammunition, Diving Equipment and Support Systems, Radars, Sonars, Composite Materials, Ship Design and Shipyards, Shipbuilding Equipment and Materials, etc.; • Aviation and Aerospace: Combat/Transport/Training Aircraft, Tankers, Rotary Wing Platforms, Air Defense Systems, Guided Missile, Electronic Warfare Technologies, Launch Technologies, Satellites, Space Services and Research Institutes, Unmanned Systems, ATC, Airport Equipment and Ground Support Systems, Aircraft Engines and Subsystems, Avionics, etc.; • Transportation and Logistic Support Activities: Land Vehicles, Electronics / Communication / IT / Software, C3 Systems, C4ISR, Satellite / GPS / GSM Equipment, Military Medical Equipment and Systems, Mobile Hospitals, Surgery / Operating Room Equipment, Medicines, Gendarmerie and Civilian Security Systems, Hand-held / Fixed Detectors, Explosive / Weapons Detectors, Personnel Protective Equipment, Fire Fighting Equipment and Vehicles, Disaster Equipment, CDIE, Anti-Terror Equipment, Building /Construction / Decoration, Steel and Prefab Structures, HVAC Systems, Contractors, Furniture, Industrial Kitchens / Cafeterias, Laundries / Laundry Equipment, Treatment and Recycling Systems, Water Treatment Systems, Machines, Aircraft Repair and Maintenance, Criminology Labs, Narcotics Analysis Equipment and Supplies, etc.; • Equipment and Tools for Supply Departments: Special Use Military Clothing, Hospital Clothing, Sleeping Bags, Personnel Clothing / Uniforms, Assault / Utility / Training Clothing, Environmental Hazard Textiles, Shoes, Flags and Banners, Tents, Foodstuffs and Ready-to-Eat Meals, Material Handling Equipment, Workshop Machinery, Office Supplies, Books and Maps, Fax and Photocopying Machines, Services, etc. For more information and a complete listing of all products and services featured at IDEF 2015, please go to http://www.idef15.com/en/index.php or http://www.ausameetings.org/idef

Trade News
The Minnesota District Export Council is a private, non-profit organization that brings together experienced international business people who provide guidance and assistance in international markets.   Mission: The Minnesota District Export Council encourages and supports: Exports that strengthen individual companies, stimulate U.S. economic growth, and create jobs; Export expansion activities by working with the US & FCS domestic offices; and Opportunities to promote greater export activity at the local level by developing a trade assistance network.   Through Counseling of local businesses; Identifying export financing sources for businesses; Creating greater export awareness in their local business communities; Identifying issues that affect export trade and implementation of constructive suggestions or improvement; Supporting programs and services of US & FCS domestic offices; Building local export assistance partnerships with other organizations; and Promoting international education at the community level Contact the Minnesota District Export Council.
Showtime One-on-One Appointments with Country Specialists We are pleased to announce the Showtime program, conducted at ARAB HEALTH 2014 by the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Healthcare Specialists from U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world will be at the show and available for one-on-one meetings with U.S. companies exhibiting at and attending the show. These Commercial Specialists are your U.S. representatives and business advocates in their host countries. They can discuss the current market situation, export issues important to your firm, and export opportunities in their respective markets. If you are already exporting, they are also available to work with you to find additional partners, new markets and/or increase your market share. Countries participating in 2014: Bahrain Egypt India Jordan Kuwait Libya Oman Pakistan Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates West Bank *Please note the list of countries participating is subject to change. Interviews will be in your booth or the International Trade Center located in the U.S. Pavilion (TBA). Advance registration required: These appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the schedule fills up quickly. Companies that wish to participate must register in advance through the U.S. Department of Commerce ShowTime Program. There is no fee for this service. The deadline to register is January 17, 2014. To participate in these one-on-one meetings with in-country expertise, please complete the form below. We will then forward your completed company profile to our country/industry Commercial Specialists from the countries you select. Meetings are available from January 27-13, 2014. If you cannot personally attend, please make sure your export and/or international department(s) is aware of this value-added service. For further information regarding Showtime appointments, please contact: Andrea Berton at Andrea.Berton@trade.gov, phone: (612) 348-1639 or Tanya Cole at Tanya.Cole@trade.gov, phone: (631) 935-2388.
Our worldwide network of automotive specialists in U.S. Embassies and Consulates, and across the U.S., are dedicated to assisting U.S. companies increase exports of U.S. automotive products and services internationally.  In that effort, we invite you to participate in the following key events supported by the U.S. Commercial Service:    May 1-2, 2013 San Diego, California ACCESS 2013 International Trade Forum – Africa, Middle East, South Asia. U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers and Commercial Specialists from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia regions will provide information to help you identify new export markets and develop market entry strategies. Learn more.   May 8-11, 2013 Johannesburg, South Africa Automechanika Johannesburg 2013 - South Africa’s Leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry targeting Trade Visitors from the Sub-Saharan Region. More on this show.   May 22-26, 2013 Bologna, Italy Autopromotec 2012 is the leading biennial event in Europe and is a unique showcase for the garage, auto repair, diagnostic and servicing equipment sector, as well as a marketplace for a range of complementary industry products. More on this event.   June 11-13, 2013 Dubai, UAE Automechanika Middle East 2013 is the leading event for the rapidly developing automotive aftermarket in the wider Middle East and Africa. This trade event covers the full range of parts for motor vehicles, as well as components for the drive, chassis, body, electrics and electronic groups, equipment for vehicle service and repair, bodywork repair and painting, tires, batteries and performance systems. More on this show.   June 16 – 18, 2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands ReMaTec 2013. Join the USA Pavilion at this premier networking event for the remanufacturing industry which includes players in the automotive, industrial and heavy duty aftermarket sectors. More on this show.   July 10-12, 2013 Mexico City, Mexico PAACE Automechanika Mexico 2013. Join the USA Pavilion at Mexico and Central America’s most important trade event for the Automotive Aftermarket. More on this show.   September 23-26, 2013 Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico Auto Supply Chain Trade Mission to Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico. This mission is intended to focus on a variety of U.S. industry and service providers, particularly those suppliers of spare parts, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and components, hybrid vehicle components, precision assembly devices and systems that enhance efficiency in the OEM manufacturing process. More on this trade mission.   November 12-14, 2013 Queretaro, Mexico Automotive Meetings in Queretaro, Mexico is an outstanding supply chain oriented business forum aimed at B2B connecting with automakers and Tier 1 suppliers operating facilities in Mexico. More on this B2B matchmaking opportunity.

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