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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
This report briefly outlines the current situation on Automotive market in Bulgaria and specifies prospect opportunities for U.S. exporters Automotive Market Report Bulgaria 2012-2013 includes: Summary Market Entry Current Market Trends Automotive imports by car brand names Main players on the market Current Demand Used Automotive Products Summary Re-manufactured Automotive Products Summary Barriers to enter market Trade Events Useful Information and web sites FCS Contacts
The U.S. and Canadian plastics markets are deeply intertwined and inherently interdependent. As Canada’s Trade Minister recently noted, the bulk of Canadian exports are actually inputs into U.S. production chains, and such is the case with plastics. In 2009, both Canada and the United States imported up to $10 billion in plastics from each other. Canada is the second largest export market for U.S. plastics.
Doing Business in Dominican Republic: A Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies is a comprehensive report prepared by the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in which U.S. companies can find information on how to do business in the Dominican Republic.

Trade Events
The U.S. Pavilion at Adriatic Sea Defense and Aerospace Exhibition and Conference 2015 has received Trade Fair Certification from the U.S. Department of Commerce – and U.S. sea, land and air defense companies as well as U.S. companies involved in providing homeland security products and services should plan to exhibit at this important event. Organized under Croatia's Ministry of Defense, Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace 2015 (ASDA 2015) will offer U.S. exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their current products and services in a centrally located NATO partner -- Croatia. The Croatian Armed Forces Long-Term Development Plan 2006-2015, already approved by the government, details the acquisitions required to substantially modernize the Armed Forces at an expected cost of approximately US$ 4.0 billion. The modernization plans include ongoing and future expected procurements in all 3 major defense sectors: air, land and navy. BMI (Business Monitor International) forecasts Croatia's imports of defense equipment to increase from a low of US$ 9.9 million in 2013 to US$ 13.1 million in 2018 At ASDA 2013, more than 100 exhibitors from 19 countries met with 3,383 trade visitors from 38 countries, and official military and government delegations from 25 countries. With the Adriatic Sea and Southeastern Europe a major region for NATO and EU expansion, ASDA 2015's major exhibition themes include: Land Defense: • Armored & unarmored vehicles; • Command & control systems; • Weapon systems & ammunition; • Body armor & personal defense systems; • Anti-aircraft defense systems; • Anti-tank defense systems; and • Simulation & training systems. Air Defense: • Military aircraft, helicopters, UCAVs and UAVs; • Armaments & ordinance; • Missiles & weapons systems; • Simulation & training systems; and • Avionics & airport infrastructure. Sea Defense: • Naval & Coast Guard vessels; • Command & control systems; • Naval weapons systems; • Navigation, sonar & radar systems; • Personal rescue & survival systems; • Port infrastructure services & systems; and • Simulation & training systems. Homeland Security: • Homeland security systems, intelligence services equipment & technologies; • Emergency response equipment & technologies; • Trucks, cars & special purpose vehicles; • Police & security aircraft & helicopters; • Coast Guard equipment & technologies; • Search & rescue equipment & technologies; • Corporate & private security systems. The visitor's profile is: • Defense ministers and other foreign MoD officials; • Senior Regional Army officials; • Senior Regional Air Force officials; • Senior Regional Navy officials; • Senior Regional Special Forces officials; • Emergency & health officials; • Search & rescue officials; • Customs and police officials; • Ambassadors & military attachés; and • Associations & press delegations.
Where? Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert Street, NW Washington, DC 20008 Phone: 202.234.0700 When? Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2015 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm What? Ex-Im Bank’s Annual Conference presents a unique opportunity for companies from around the world to meet U.S. exporters. Attendees include more than 1,100 exporters and representatives of financial institutions, foreign trade partners, and government officials. At the event, participants also meet Ex-Im Bank staff and obtain detailed information about our export credit products and programs. Registration: Registration will open on Monday, November 17, 2014. We will send you an email notification once registration is open and provide the registration link and more details. Exhibitor Information: If your organization is interested in participating as an exhibitor, please send an email inquiry to Capital Meeting Planning via email: exhibits@cmpinc.net. Hotel Accommodations: Overnight accommodations are being offered by the Omni Shoreham Hotel at a conference rate of $279.00/night + tax. A link for on-line reservations will be provided once conference registration is open. For More Information: Please contact Capital Meeting Planning via email: Registrar@cmpinc.net or by phone: 703.536.4992.
The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC features over 2,700 exhibitors, consisting of manufacturers and suppliers of technical products and services utilized in offshore resources, recovery and development. Attendees represent more than 120 countries from around the world and in a variety of fields.

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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