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  • Submitted on 07 January 2016

    Created on January 7, 2016
     

    The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is expanding its investments in sustainable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa.  An implementing agency of the U.S. government’s Power Africa initiative, USTDA invests in project preparation activities designed to generate renewable and gas-fired power, modernize electric grids and increase energy efficiency.  The Agency’s programs are available to help African project sponsors prepare bankable clean energy projects.

    Interested project sponsors in sub-Saharan Africa – or U.S. companies working with African project sponsors – should submit their project concepts to USTDA no later than February 19, 2016 to be considered for funding. To learn more about the Agency’s project proposal process, please visit: http://www.ustda.gov/proposals.

    Power Africa is a U.S. presidential initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – access to electrical power.  President Obama launched Power Africa to bring together technical and legal experts, the private sector and governments from around the world to increase the number of people with access to power.  Power Africa aims to increase installed power capacity by more than 30,000 MW and create at least 60 million new connections by 2030.  USTDA’s investments under Power Africa provide critical early-stage planning to advance new power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.

  • Submitted on 07 January 2016

    Created on January 7, 2016
     

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation Advantage” and will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors, while high-profile business and government leaders will share their insights on the latest innovation and trends.

    Whether you're interested in being an exhibitor, sponsor or attendee at the country's top foreign direct investment (FDI) event, head over to our 2016 Summit website to reserve your space now.

  • Submitted on 29 December 2015

    Created on December 29, 2015
     

    TPP Made in AmericaThe Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP unlocks opportunities for U.S. small and medium-sized businesses, which are the backbone of the U.S. economy. By addressing trade barriers that are particularly challenging for small businesses to navigate, TPP allows our small businesses to reach new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Eliminating foreign taxes in the form of tariffs across the TPP region. These barriers can price out of foreign markets many of the goods and agricultural products made by U.S. small businesses.

    Making it cheaper, easier, and faster for businesses to get their products to market by creating efficient and transparent customs procedures that help move goods quickly through borders.

  • Submitted on 28 December 2015

    Created on December 28, 2015
     

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tour: April 10-16 2016 in Arizona & CaliforniaThe Fifth Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) invites key leaders and decision makers to experience first-hand successful projects and experiences in the United States.  The activity is carried out under the framework of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) Work Plan for 2016-2018 to facilitate the exchange of good practices, create partnerships for development and deepen collaboration on the 200 successful experiences that OAS Member States have shared in the 2012-2015 Signs of Competitiveness Americas Reports www.riacreport.org.

    This six-day tour will showcase catalytic drivers such as advanced technology centers, innovation hubs, public-private partnerships, and strategic investments in the U.S. States of Arizona and California, including the cities of Phoenix, AZ; Chandler, AZ; Gilbert, AZ; Oracle, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Luis, AZ; Yuma, AZ; Imperial Valley, CA; and San Diego, CA. Featured sites on the tour will target the following clusters: manufacturing, medical devices, water, agriculture, energy, and information and communication technology.

  • Submitted on 04 December 2015

    Created on December 4, 2015
     

    U.S. Partner Country for Hannover MesseThe industrial global village has its city center, and it’s in Hanover, Germany. Each year more than 250,000 of the world’s brightest technical talents gather at Hanover Messe to advance the art of worldwide manufacturing. And you should be there too!

    As the U.S. leader of Phoenix Contact, I have learned firsthand the value of an annual pilgrimage to Hannover Messe each April. And because of its importance to the manufacturing world, we annually host a select group of our customers and distributors to share the excitement that the Hannover Messe experience provides. So in the spirit of sharing, here are my five reasons an American manufacturing engineer, manager or executive ought to attend Hannover Messe:

  • Submitted on 20 November 2015

    Created on November 25, 2015
     

    Select USA Partner Country 2016For the first time, the United States is the official partner country for the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25 to 29 in Hannover, Germany. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading the U.S. efforts to promote America’s world-class businesses, products, innovations, and investment climate for this year’s event, themed “Integrated Industry – Join the Network.” High-ranking government officials from both countries will be in attendance.

    Established in 1947, Hannover Messe attracts more than 200,000 attendees from 70 countries. For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the partner country, which provides American businesses and economic development organizations an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured in U.S. exhibition halls and during special events.

  • Submitted on 05 November 2015

    Created on November 5, 2015
     

    Globe & HealthcareThe U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will be hosting a Business Briefing on Friday, November 13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to introduce delegates from the Nigeria & Kenya Healthcare Technologies Reverse Trade Mission to U.S. healthcare companies. 

    The Business Briefing will provide an opportunity for U.S. company representatives to meet with healthcare decision makers in Nigeria and Kenya, and to learn firsthand about the rapidly expanding demand for healthcare equipment and services in these markets.

    For more information about participating in the Business Briefing, please visit http://africahealthtech.twgtrademissions.com/

  • Submitted on 07 October 2015

    Created on October 7, 2015
     

    The U.S. Department of Commerce will host the third SelectUSA Investment Summit on June 19-21, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.selectusa.gov/2016-summit.htmlThe United States is the world’s best place to do business. Our country is home to a skilled and productive workforce, unmatched institutions of higher education, strong intellectual property protections, a commitment to innovation, an abundant and stable energy supply, and access to millions of global consumers through high-quality free trade agreements. For these reasons and more, CEOs from around the world have ranked the U.S. as the number one place to invest for three years in a row.

    In 2015, we welcomed investments from businesses of all sizes, from budding entrepreneurs to major multinationals like Nissan, ABB Group, Novo Nordisk, and Daimler Chrysler.  These companies can choose to operate anywhere, but they chose the United States.  We remain home to more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other country in the world.

    FDI generates growth and creates jobs in many sectors of the American economy, including manufacturing. U.S. manufacturing is in the midst a real comeback, with companies adding nearly 900,000 manufacturing jobs since February 2010 and new factories opening their doors at the fastest rate in decades. Our most recent data demonstrates that foreign investors have played a critical role in this growth. FDI in the U.S. manufacturing sector reached $1.05 trillion (2014) and supports 2.2 million jobs (2012).  Furthermore, U.S. affiliates of international companies spend $48 billion annually on research and development, which drives both innovation and exports.

    On Friday, we celebrated Manufacturing Day, but year-round, this Administration is focused on what it takes to keep American manufacturing strong, to attract job-creating global investment, and to build a competitive 21st century economy.

  • Submitted on 10 September 2015

    Created on September 10, 2015
     

    Discover Global MarketsCompete, Win, and Expand Your Business

    Plan to attend this unprecedented national series of conferences designed to help U.S. businesses expand sales, penetrate new markets, and boost their bottom line through exports. Reserve your spot now at a Discover Global Markets event in 2015.

    At Each Discover Global Markets Conference, you will:

    • Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from abroad
    • Participate in panel discussions on the latest industry trends
    • Identify new and emerging markets of opportunity ahead of your competition
    • Learn about U.S. export programs designed to cut your time to market
    • Network with U.S. trade officials, leading private sector experts and like-minded U.S. businesses active in overseas markets
  • Submitted on 10 September 2015

    Created on September 10, 2015
     

    Antwaun Griffin is the International Trade Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations.

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations delivers keynote at MMBA Power Luncheon.Last week, I, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and my esteemed colleague Joann J. Hill, Chief, Office of Business Development for the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, participated in the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Power Luncheon in Jackson, Mississippi. I was honored to deliver keynote remarks at the luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc. (MMBA) to promote international trade and economic development in Mississippi by providing information on business opportunities for individuals and businesses, including minority and women-owned companies, major corporations and institutions.

    In Washington, DC, relatively far from Jackson, I lead the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) U.S. Commercial Service domestic network of more than 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs). I frequently visit our offices and the organizations our USEACs partner with to help U.S. businesses begin exporting or export to more markets overseas. My part of the economic development pie is only exports; however, the Department of Commerce as a whole touches numerous aspects of economic development. Among many other resources — like the National Weather Service, which is always an interesting thing to point out — Department of Commerce bureaus offer trade counseling, technical programs, regional planning, and a variety of other resources that benefit U.S. businesses.
    Within Commerce, my peers like Joann Hill collaborate across the country with other federal, state, local and private organizations similar to MMBA. These are critical relationships because the more robust, collaborative, and widespread they are – as in Jackson – the more of a synergy they create.

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