U.S. Commercial Service Delivers Export Programs Assisting POWER-GEN 2014 U.S. Exhibitors Go Global

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On-site export expertise brings together buyers and sellers

By Mark Wells, IBP Project Officer, U.S. Commercial Service

At POWER-GEN International 2014, the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce is ready to assist you with your international business needs.

Ninety-five percent of the world’s potential consumers live outside of the United States, and as a result, more U.S. companies are looking to increase their sales with help from the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal agencies, the government says.

Through the USCS’s International Buyer Program (IBP), a number of export assistance programs are offered at POWER-GEN International, to assist international buyers and U.S. exhibitors make export connections.  The IBP brings international buyers to POWER-GEN International to meet with U.S. exhibitors to produce partnerships that lead to export sales.  Behind every export is a job and a family.  It doesn't get any more important than that.

International Buyer Program Recruits over 34 Buyer Delegations to PGI
  • USCS and U.S. State Department delegation leaders, located at U.S. Embassies around the world, have recruited 32 escorted buyer delegations from: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chad, China, Demoratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Eithopia, Ghana, Iceland, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.  Aditionally, the IBP recruited unescorted buyer delegations from Argentina, South Korea and Uzbekistan.

International Business Center at PGI

Staff from the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. State Department will be managing the International Business Center (IBC) located in the West Building, on the second level, in Rooms 208 A-B.  The IBC is the area where international buyers and U.S. exhibitors can come in, relax, have some refreshments, and discuss business opportunities in a confidential setting.  Staff from EXIM Bank, USAID (Power Africa) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency will also be providing export counseling in the IBC and on the show floor.

International Business Center Hours

·      Tuesday, December 9, 2014   9:00 am – 6:00 pm

·      Wednesday, December 10, 2014   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

·       Thursday, December 11, 2014   9:00 am – 2:00 pm

IBP Highlights Power Sector Opportunities in Country/Regional Seminars

The IBP is organizing a series of export seminars, highlighting market opportunities for U.S. companies in the power sectors in the following countries/regions:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Room 208C

·    Côte d’Ivoire:   11:45am- 12:40 pm: (Moderator: U.S. Ambassador Terrence McCulley)

·    Sub-Saharan Africa: 1:00 pm – 3:20 pm  (EXIM Bank, USAID, USTDA included)

·    Bangladesh: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Room 203A

·    Ukraine:   8:30 am – 3:30 pm  (Deputy Minister is Energy is presenting)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Room 209C

·    SelectUSA Foreign Direct Investment Seminar:  9:00 am – 10:30 am

·    Saudi Arabia: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Showtime Program

The USCS’s Showtime program offers U.S. exhibitors opportunities to meet with delegation leaders from their countries to learn about export opportunites, how to locate distributors or sales represenatives and develop market-entry strategies in their target markets.  Stop by the IBC to sign up for Showtime meetings with these delegation leaders.  You may also contact Jason Sproule at the show at (949) 283-0690, if you have additional questions about the Showtime program.  Stop by the IBC to meet Jason and the rest of the IBP Team.

About the U.S. Commercial Service

With its network of offices in 100 U.S. cities and U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 70 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service connects U.S. companies with international buyers.  This assistance includes export counseling, market research, matchmaking, pre-arranged business appointments abroad through its Gold Key Service, advocacy, videoconferencing, international partner searches, trade events, and more.  For more information please visit www.trade.gov/cs.

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