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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
Thanks to the recent explosive growth in popularity for smartphones in Japan, both smartphone devices and applications are attracting more attention in Japan’s business and consumer markets. Although the penetration rate of smartphone devices is still relatively low, unit sales in 2008 reached 1.6 million units, a 68% increase from the previous year. From 2009 to 2012, the annual growth rate for the Japanese smartphone device market is predicted to increase between 20 and 30%. There is also demand among Japanese mobile service operators for more smartphone software choices as a means to gain market share and increased average revenue per unit (ARPU). For U.S. firms interested in the Japanese market, market-proven business applications for smartphones are in particularly high demand. Japan possesses a good foundation for the smartphone applications market since there is increasing demand for programs that enable users to do office work anywhere on mobile devices.
An introduction on regulation for foreign-invested construction project service enterprises.
The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, invites interested parties to participate in an onshore hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation tender procedure. For more information, please read the full report.

Trade Events
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Global Markets, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, is organizing an Executive-led ports and marine technology trade mission to India (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kochi) February 02 - 06, 2015. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms and U.S. trade associations to India's rapidly expanding ports and marine technology market and to assist U.S. companies to pursue export opportunities in this sector. The mission to India is intended to include representatives from leading U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide state-of-the-art ports and marine technologies, including equipment and services for security, logistics, vessel tracking, oil spill detection and contingency preparedness, dredging, underwater exploration and mapping, among other goods and services. The mission will visit three cities, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kochi (Cochin), where the delegates will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key port officials and prospective partners. As an optional add-on stop, interested participants can also visit the National Institute of Oceanography logy (NIO) in the State of Goa.
The World of Concrete is the largest annual international trade show for the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries with more than 55,000 registrants, occupying over more than half a million net square feet of exhibit space. More than 1,200 exhibiting companies will present the latest commercial concrete and masonry construction related products, technology and equipment. Show segments include the Producer Center: a dedicated marketplace of materials, equipment, demos and seminars for concrete producers; Material Handling: offering trucks, excavators and more for material delivery, distribution, concrete placement and earth moving; Concrete Surfaces and Decorative Concrete: featuring everything from stamping, staining, and concrete dyes to polishing, molds and stenciling; Concrete Repair and Demolition: housing a display of surface preparation equipment, scarifying, grinding, sawing equipment and other demolition products; World of Masonry: showcasing a full range of products, tools, information and technology for masonry professionals; and Technology for Construction: a premier feature within World of Concrete for construction software – bid and estimating software, project management and financial software and more.
DistribuTECH 2015 is the premier North American trade show for equipment vendors and service providers from across the Transmission & Distribution and smart grid technology industries, attracting around 10,000 attendees and around 480 exhibitors from around 64 countries. The event also attracts attendees from electric utilities, water utilities, gas utilities, federal power agencies, energy service companies, energy service providers, energy end users (retailers, hospitals, data centers, etc.) and a wide-range of manufacturers and vendors. CS Toronto will recruit and lead a Canadian delegation of potential buyers from Canadian companies in the industry.

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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Why Ex-Im Is Worthwhile
January 30, 2015:Hear Dr. Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explain why the Ex-Im bank is worth re-authorization and address some of the arguments against it.

The Ex-Im bank has been facing a re-authorization battle on Capitol Hill, and next week we'll look more at some of the arguments against it.
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