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The January/February 2015 issue is now available.

Trade Leads
The project will consist of four components: 1 Regional integration on fisheries issues 2 Support to sustainable natural resource development 3 Institutional capacity development 4 Project management.
Solicitation to operate the Port of La Union expected to launch in August 2014, with an awarding of the concession expected by end of the year. International port operators need to be pre-qualified to participate, however, U.S. companies do not need to pre-qualify.
Project Location and Area: Located on lots 21-18, 21-20, 21-21, and 21-22, Shuitou Section, Kinmen County. Land Use: harbor district land is classified as land for harbor use; floor area ratio: 200%, building coverage ratio: 50%. Primary Sources of Revenue: private institutes are permitted to operate the main infrastructure and ancillary facilities of this project. Estimated Rate of Return: N/A Concession Period: 50 years. Schedule: 1. feasibility assessment and preliminary planning in 2014; 2. Preparation of invitation to tender in 2014; 3. Invitation to tender in 2015; 4. Screening and evaluation in 2015; 5. Negotiation and signing of contract in 2015.

Market Research
Turkey: Foreign Universities are Coming At a ministers meeting on April 24, 2006, Deputy Minister Abdulkadir Sener announced that Turkey’s 9th Recovery Plan, which will last till 2013, will give the green light for opening foreign universities in Turkey. He also stated that foreign universities would bring competition, quality, international experience, and success to Turkish higher education. Turkish education suffers from problems of quality and of insufficient places for its high school graduates. Sener cited various countries as examples of the concept of “gathering all universities under one roof:” In Israel there are 30 foreign campuses, in Italy there is the American University of the World, and the 2nd John Hopkins University campus, the American University is located in Bulgaria, and Poland hosts the Academy of English. In Ukraine there is the International University Prime, in the Netherlands, the United Nations University, in Belgium, Boston University, and in Egypt, the American University of Cairo. Also India, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and China all have foreign university campuses. Sener was asked if foreign universities will be governed by The Republic of Turkey’s Higher Education Council (YOK) or not. His answer was that such a system of governance could be arranged and details could be discussed; however, this project is just at its planning stage. It will be discussed by the Board of Ministers and then it has to be approved by the Turkish Parliament. According to the World Bank statistics Turkey’s educational standards rank 71st out of 80 countries: this is a very low number. Turkey trails in high technology (both development and exports), and patents. Therefore to develop high technology and to be able to compete with other countries Turkey must show dynamism in improving its university education. For more information on the Turkish Educational sector, please contact: Inci Ciloglu Commercial Specialist U.S. Commercial Service Istanbul, Turkey Tel: [90] (212) 335-9197 Fax: [90] (212) 335-9103 E-Mail: Inci.Ciloglu@mail.doc.gov Visit: www,csturkey.com – www.BuyUSa.gov
Competencies in the pharmaceutical sector are shared between the Commission and Member States. Due to national budget responsibilities, two key issues, namely pricing and reimbursement levels, remain entirely with the Member States and can vary considerably. European Union-wide pharmaceutical legislation focuses on some aspects of marketing (e.g. packaging, labeling, and advertising), safety (e.g. pharmacovigilance inspections, Good Manufacturing Practices, and good clinical practices), transparency, and authorization procedures. This report provides both an update on EU legislation of the sector and discusses an overview of issues affecting it, including the regulatory framework, EU enlargement, and competitiveness issues.
Mexico's total market in 2011 for gasoline storage and distribution equipment was US$824.2 million and is expected to increase to US$857.0 million by the end of 2012.

Trade Events
International CES is the world's largest annual innovation event. CES will unveil the latest consumer technology products and services across 15 major product categories including audio, digital health and fitness, automotive electronics, connected home, digital imaging/photography, electronic gaming, entertainment/content and more. It is the premier event bringing together consumer electronics product manufacturers, distributors, researchers, content developers, financial analysts, and media with the highest concentration of buyers and decision-makers in the retail distribution channel. The International Buyer Program will be recruiting pre-screened foreign buyer delegations to meet with U.S. exhibitors at the show. International Trade Specialists will be onsite at the International Commerce Center located in the Las Vegas Convention Center to provide export counseling to interested U.S. companies.
The United States is Guatemala's main trading partner. U.S. products and services enjoy strong name recognition in Guatemala, and U.S. firms have a good reputation in the Guatemalan marketplace. U.S. goods exports to Guatemala in 2013 were $5.5 billion. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($1.4 billion), Machinery ($524 million), Special Other (articles donated for relief and low value shipments) ($459 million), Electrical Machinery ($357 million), and Plastic ($282 million). Join us for the “Export Opportunities in Guatemala for U.S. Companies” on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. This first chapter of the Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on Guatemala's growth and the opportunities this offer to U.S. companies in many industries.
Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will provide valuable insights to new and experienced exporters who will gain knowledge of export opportunities in this dynamic region. Companies will learn about best prospects, legal considerations, logistics, export financing, eCommerce and export tax incentives in 6 countries in Central America. Participants will also understand and appreciate the cultural differences, economic conditions and technological capabilities of potential partners. This six-part webinar series is also a venue to prepare participating U.S. companies for a more successful experience during the upcoming U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Mission and conference to Central America being held on June 21-26, 2015 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, with optional visits in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Belize. Join us for the “Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series”. This Export Opportunities in Central America Webinar Series will bring you the latest on the region'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.

World Trade Webcast
How Governments Can Make Business Easier
December 19, 2014:Hear Rita Ramalho manager of the Doing Business Project for the World Bank describe how Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency, can help countries and entrepreneurs identify areas that need improvement.
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