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Trade Leads
It is envisaged that the project will have three components to support the project's objective in improving access, quality and relevanc: Improve Quality and Relevance of TIVET, Scaling up of Human Capacity Building, Integration of ICT in TIVET.
Trade Agreement: NONE Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid Attachment: None Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Nature of Requirements: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES NATIONAL PROCUREMENT STRATEGY E60ZH-110001/B This amendment is raised to update the contact information. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------ Public Release of the Final Professional Services National Procurement Strategy Please note that although this is listed as a "Letter of Interest", there is no requirement for Industry to provide a response / submission to Canada at this time. The purpose of this Letter of Interest is to provide Industry a copy of the finalized Professional Services National Procurement Strategy. 1.0 BACKGROUND AND SCOPE The Professional Services National Procurement Strategy proposes a consistent and uniform national approach for the procurement of professional services through the five following key elements: a. Single governance on a national scale; b. Common business rules; c. Access through a single web portal known as the Centralized Professional Services System (CPSS); d. Increased support for building statements of work and evaluation criteria; and e. Harmonized training for client departments and suppliers. The strategy applies to professional services (both IT and non-IT) methods of supply which are put in place by PWGSC for use by client departments and agencies across Canada, for all values of transaction. Services covered under the strategy include information management and information technology, management, business and administrative consulting, human resources consulting, training and learning services, audit services, and others. Methods of supply which fall under the strategy include, but are not limited to, the following: · Task-Based Informatics Professional Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement (TBIPS SO and SA) · Solutions-Based Informatics Professional Services Supply Arrangement (SBIPS SA) · Task and Solutions Professional Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement (TSPS SO and SA) · Professional Services Online (PSO) · Technical, Engineering, and Maintenance Services Supply Arrangement (TEMS SA) · Learning Services Standing Offer and Supply Arrangement (Learning Services SO and SA) · Professional Audit Support Services Supply Arrangement (PASS SA) · Cyber Protection Supply Arrangement (CPSA) The procurement of Temporary Help Services will be covered under a separate strategy, and is not governed under this National Procurement Strategy for Professional Services. 2.0 DOCUMENTS For information purposes, the following documents are attached to this notice. These are: a. A summary of comments from industry, as well as PWGSC's responses, followed by quantitative results of the supplier consultation, which were gathered using an online questionnaire; b. The final version of the Professional Services National Procurement Strategy, including a tentative implementation timeline. 3.0 OVERVIEW OF THE CONSULTATION PROCESS As part of PWGSC's new Procurement Strategies for Goods and Services process, the consultation with suppliers and client departments played an important part in validating the proposed strategy, and determining whether it met the needs of suppliers, client departments as well as Canadians. In addition, consultation helped ensure that the procurement process was fair and transparent, and allowed PWGSC to better anticipate issues which might arise during implementation of the strategy. Initial engagement In November 2010, PWGSC conducted an initial consultation with a cross-section of over 1,000 suppliers from the professional services industry in order to identify priorities and concerns. This exercise was supplemented by several meetings with client departments and agencies. The feedback obtained during this initial consultation helped form the basis of the proposed national procurement strategy for professional services. Formal Engagement A formal Request for Information (RFI) was posted to MERX on August 12, 2011, for a period of eight weeks, and with a closing date of October 7, 2011. The RFI provided suppliers with a draft of the proposed Professional Services National Procurement Strategy. Suppliers were requested to provide feedback by means of a detailed, online questionnaire. The questionnaire, sought feedback on the following items: a. Whether the proposed strategy met its stated objectives of reducing red tape, simplifying business rules, enhancing access and reducing administrative burden; b. Whether suppliers agreed with the proposed business rules for supply arrangements and standing offers, respectively; suppliers were also asked to provide their comments on the proposed business rules. c. Any other areas which should be taken into consideration. 4.0 GENERAL OUTCOMES OF THE CONSULTATION · Suppliers were in agreement that the proposed strategy met its stated objectives. · Suppliers, to a very large extent, agreed with the proposed business rules for supply arrangements and standing offers. · Suppliers who participated in the consultations represented a good cross-section of large, medium and small suppliers. Several industry associations also provided their feedback on to the proposed changes. Industry representation also included suppliers based outside of the National Capital Region, across all of Canada. 5.0 CONCLUSION · The consultation process helped provide PWGSC with valuable information that will be considered during the implementation of the strategy. · There was a high level of support for the changes proposed under the Professional Services National Procurement Strategy. Given this level of support, no modifications will be made to the strategy that was posted under the original Request for Information. 6.0 NEXT STEPS · Progressive implementation of the various initiatives identified under the strategy. · Progressive roll-out of the harmonized business rules to the various professional services methods of supply, as identified in the tentative implementation timeline provided in the final document of the Professional Services National Procurement Strategy, which is included as an attachment to this notice. Enquiries can be made to: Jean-Sébastien Deslauriers Supply Team Leader Telephone number: 819-934-1423 Fax number : 819-956-1432 Email address: ServicesProfessionnels.ProfessionalServices@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca Delivery Date: Above-mentioned The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement. Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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.

Market Research
This "Best Export Markets for U.S. Electronic Components" report is based largely on 2010 Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) prepared by United States Commercial Service (USCS) posts abroad. All CCGs include a standard chapter “Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports.” This report drew from those CCGs which specifically recommended Electronic Components as a best prospect for U.S. exports.
This Best Export Markets for U.S. Building Products is based largely on 2009 and 2010 Country Commercial Guides (CCGs) prepared by United States Commercial Service (USCS) posts abroad. All CCGs include a standard chapter “Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports.” This report drew from those CCGs which specifically recommended Building Products as a best prospect for U.S. exports.
This Market Brief provides an overview of the world market for Food Processing Machinery products in the HS 8438 category, based on the latest trade statistics and market research.

Trade Events
In 2015, Showcase USA-Italy will be for the first time in Pisa and as in the past the show will take place immediately before ITB in Berlin. Our, by-now-famous, stand-alone Showcase USA-Italy event is a unique opportunity for travel and tourism companies to explore opportunities in the Italian market on a reasonable budget and with super convenient timing. Showcase USA-Italy is the only marketing event exclusively dedicated to promote Italian tourism towards the United States. A joint project of the Visit USA Association Italy and the U.S. Commercial Service in Italy, Showcase USA-Italy brings the Italian travel industry up to date with the great variety of “Made in USA” travel products. Participating U.S. destinations will enjoy a full day of speed dating with Italian tour operators and travel agents, all focused on the promotion of the United States. The last edition of Showcase attracted 33 direct exhibitors, and over 70+ between travel agents, MICE companies and trade press. The B2B speed-dating was attended by 25 Italian tour operators and 33 trade journalist generating a total of 800+ appointments! **The U.S. Commercial Service in Milan, in cooperation with Visit USA Association in Italy, organizes the matchmaking appointments, and provides logistics, business counseling and an country market briefing. Join us for the 18th edition of this proven annual event in 2015!
The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service is organizing a Trade Mission to Casablanca, Morocco; Algiers, Algeria; and Cairo, Egypt to explore opportunities for U.S. manufacturers of safety and security equipment and services. Morocco, Algeria and Egypt have extensive coastal and inland borders, ports, and airports to protect. Vessels, vehicles and people must be processed efficiently and safely. Led by a senior executive of the Department of Commerce or other U.S. Government agency, the trade mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with national and regional government officials, chambers of commerce, and business groups; and networking receptions for companies and trade associations representing companies interested in expansion into the North African markets. The mission will help participating firms gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt. U.S. officials will assist with information on the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement with Morocco, the only FTA with an African nation. By participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Morocco, Algeria and Egypt on their own, companies are more likely to secure meetings in all three countries.
The United States is El Salvador's leading trade partner. El Salvador's other top trading partners are located in Central America. El Salvador offers an open market for U.S. goods and services. Tariffs are relatively low, and were reduced further with the implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The value-added tax (VAT) rate in El Salvador is 13%. El Salvador's strategic location in Central America makes it a good platform for industrial and service investments aimed at re-exports. U.S. goods exports to El Salvador in 2013 were $3.2 billion. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($497 million),), Special Other (articles donated for relief, and low value shipments) ($276 million), Aircraft ($247 million), Machinery ($221 million), and Knit, Crocheted Fabrics ($192 million). Join us for the “Export Opportunities in El Salvador for U.S. Companies Webinar” on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. This forth chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on El Salvador's growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.

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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February 23, 2015:Take a look at all that Prague has to offer, even in the short time you might be there for a business trip, on this segment of the Business Travel Webcast.

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