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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
As a valuable resource for U.S. energy exporters, this document provides for a Canadian energy market overview, lists opportunities, projects/programs, prospects and events.
Canada represents one of the most mature and propersous markets for loyalty and customer programs. Ninety percent of Canadian consumers shared in at least one loyalty program in 2012. The Canadian market offers a great opportunity for businesses to enhance current programs for potential consumers and offers loyalty programs to create valuable relationships with their loyal customers.
Demand for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) in the Canadian military sector is growing. UVS are used to detect emerging threats to national security and to support Canada’s military, humanitarian and relief missions. UVS assist the Canadian Forces in their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) efforts and in military operations undertaken at air, sea, and land zones. Canada currently operates a number of UVS to perform coastal patrol, mapping, intelligence gathering, as well as law enforcement purposes. U.S. firms interested in selling UVS in Canada must prove the technology is interoperable, innovative, able to reduce operational and support costs, and in some cases be smaller in size. UVS solutions must be able to operate and exchange information with a variety of country-friendly forces in order to contribute to joint and coalition operations, and to use sophisticated Command and Control applications (such as C2, C3, C4, C4ISR, etc.) able to transmit data to accurately support specific missions.

Trade Events
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.
Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West continues to help attendees reach their business goals. Attracting over 58,000 industry professionals, the show features over 3,000 exhibits and a variety of products. Co-located with Engredea, Nutracon conference, the Beer, Wine & Spirits Marketplace and Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, these combined events showcase the entire value chain of healthy products from start to finish, identifying the bestsellers of today and the trends of tomorrow.
The International Home and Housewares Show is the world's largest "home & housewares" marketplace, where over 2,100 exhibiting companies have the opportunity to showcase thousands of new products and designs to 60,000 attendees from all over the world. Categories include; cookware, bake ware, tabletop, kitchen tools and accessories, gourmet food and products, home décor and giftware, home textiles, bath and shower accessories, cleaning products and supplies, hardware supplies, pet supplies, home organization and clothing care products. Also included are household and kitchen electrics, purifiers and filters for water and air, energy conservation products, floor and carpet care, personal care items, home healthcare and international pavilions. The show offers first class educational and networking opportunities.

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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