Mission Statement; Afghanistan International Carpet Fair; August 26-28, 2007, 43622-43624 [E7-15202]

Download as PDF 43622 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Notices E. Law 908/55 Fondo di Rotazione Iniziative Economiche (Revolving Fund for Economic Initiatives) Loans. F. Law 317/91 Benefits for Innovative Investments. G. Brescia Chamber of Commerce Training Grants. H. Ministerial Decree 87/02. I. Law 10/91 Grants to Fund Energy Conservation. J. Export Restitution Payments. K. Export Credits Under Law 227/77. L. Capital Grants Under Law 675/77. M. Retraining Grants Under Law 675/ 77. N. Interest Contributions on Bank Loans Under Law 675/77. O. Preferential Financing for Export Promotion Under Law 394/81. P. Urban Redevelopment Under Law 181. Q. Industrial Development Grants Under Law 183/76. R. Interest Subsidies Under Law 598/ 94. S. Duty-Free Import Rights. T. European Social Fund Grants. U. Law 113/86 Training Grants. V. European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund. W. 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Social Security Reductions and Exemptions—Sgravi Law 337/90. Preliminary Results of Review In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4)(i), we calculated an individual subsidy rate for Pallante and De Matteis. Atar had no countervailable subsidies. We did not calculate an VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:38 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 the proceeding any calculations performed in connection with these preliminary results within five days after the date of the public announcement of this notice. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(ii), interested parties may submit written arguments in case briefs within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the date of filing the case briefs, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties who submit briefs in this proceeding should provide a summary of the arguments not to exceed Net subsidy five pages and a table of statutes, Producer/exporter rate regulations, and cases cited. Copies of (percent) case briefs and rebuttal briefs must be De Matteis Agroalimetare S.p.A 1.97 served on interested parties in Pastificio Antonio Pallante S.r.L 2.02 accordance with 19 CFR 351.303(f). Atar S.r.l .................................... 0.00 Interested parties may request a hearing within 30 days after the date of The calculations will be disclosed to publication of this notice, pursuant to the interested parties in accordance 19 CFR 351.310(c). Any hearing, if with 19 CFR 351.224(b). requested, will be held two days after If the final results of this review the scheduled date for submission of remain the same as these preliminary rebuttal briefs. results, the Department intends to The Department will publish a notice instruct Customs to assess of the final results of this administrative countervailing duties at these net review within 120 days from the subsidy rates. The Department will publication of these preliminary results, issue appropriate instructions directly in accordance with section 751(a)(3) of to Customs within 15 days of the Act. publication of the final results of this We are issuing and publishing these review. results in accordance with sections For all other companies that were not 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 reviewed (except Barilla G. e R. F.lli CFR 351.221(b)(4). S.p.A. and Gruppo Agricoltura Sana Dated: July 31, 2007. S.r.l., which are excluded from the Stephen J. Claeys, order, and Pasta Lensi S.r.l. which was revoked from the order), the Department Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. has directed CBP to assess [FR Doc. 07–3832 Filed 8–3–07; 8:45 am] countervailing duties on all entries between January 1, 2005, and December BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P 31, 2005, at the rates in effect at the time of entry. Agritalia has been reviewed DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE previously and has its own exporter specific rate of 2.92 percent. International Trade Administration The Department also intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of Mission Statement; Afghanistan estimated countervailing duties. International Carpet Fair; August 26– For all non-reviewed firms (except 28, 2007 Barilla G. e R. F.lli S.p.A. and Gruppo Agricoltura Sana S.r.l., which are AGENCY: International Trade excluded from the order, and Pasta Administration, Department of Lensi S.r.l. which was revoked from the Commerce. order), we will instruct CBP to collect ACTION: Notice. cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties at the most recent Mission Description company-specific or ‘‘all others’’ rate U.S. Secretary of Commerce applicable to the company. These rates Gutierrez’s priorities for Afghanistan shall apply to all non-reviewed include helping the country develop companies until a review of a company three sectors in which it has a assigned these rates is requested. comparative advantage: rugs, dried Public Comment fruits and nuts, and mining. The Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.224(b), the International Trade Administration of Department will disclose to parties to the Department of Commerce is individual rate for Agritalia because a review was not requested for Agritalia. Agritalia was only asked to participate because of the possible effect of subsidies it received on its suppliers who are included in this review. We have preliminarily found that Agritalia did not receive any subsidies which affected any suppliers’ rates. For the period January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005, we preliminarily find the net subsidy rates for the producers/exporters under review to be those specified in the chart shown below: PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES organizing a U.S. carpet trade mission to Kabul, Afghanistan for the Afghanistan International Carpet Fair on August 26– 28, 2007. The mission will assist U.S. rug businesses exploring trade and investment opportunities in Afghanistan’s rug sector. Assistant Secretary David Bohigian will lead a delegation of U.S.-based executives of U.S. firms interested in pursuing business in Afghanistan’s rug sector. The mission will include participation in the Carpet Fair, matchmaking, and a potential site visit to a rug production facility. The mission will reaffirm the U.S. Government’s support towards bilateral relations and seek to expand opportunities for U.S. companies in Afghanistan. Commercial Setting Afghanistan has a comparative advantage in producing hand woven rugs, putting this sector on the cutting edge of the Afghanistan’s reintegration into the global economy. Afghanistan’s rugs have a rich legacy of artistry and craftsmanship, which has been handed down through many generations. Each type of rug is unique to the location in which it was produced and inspired. Afghanistan produces various types of rugs woven out of wool, silk, and cotton. Due to the current lack of finishing facilities, Afghanistan sends more than eighty percent of its rugs to Pakistan, where they are finished and labeled ‘‘made in Pakistan’’. This Trade Mission will enable delegates to explore opportunities for investing in rug producing facilities and exporting textile equipment to Afghanistan. As such, the Mission could play a valuable role in preserving the brand identity of Afghan rugs, by helping producers to finish and export their own rugs. The Afghan Government is helping Afghan rug producers connect their craftsmanship to the world. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Government of Afghanistan organized two previous delegations of Afghan rug producers to visit the United States. In July 2006, a delegation visited major retailers and rug importers in New York, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. In February 2007, a second delegation attended the AmericasMart International Area Rug Market in Atlanta, where Afghanistan’s rugs were part of a major cultural showcase. This first-ever Afghanistan International Carpet Fair will provide an opportunity for Afghan rug producers and U.S. buyers to network, create business relationships, and allow U.S. buyers to explore investment VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:38 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 opportunities in the rug sector. The Trade Mission presents a unique opportunity for seasoned U.S. rug professionals to partner with Afghan rug producers as Afghanistan strives to reestablish its leadership position in the global rug business. Mission Goals: The mission aims to further U.S. commercial policy objectives and to advance specific U.S. business interests in the U.S. and Afghan rug sectors. The mission will: • Create an opportunity for members of the U.S. rug sector to meet and network with Afghan rug producers; • Allow U.S. rug business delegates to visit Afghan rug producing facilities and explore potential investment opportunities; • Assess the commercial climate of Afghanistan’s rug sector as well as export and investment opportunities in Afghanistan; • Encourage continued progress in economic development in Afghanistan. Mission Scenario: This mission will enable participants to gain access to the Afghan rug market on a large scale. The mission will include VIP participation in the rug show and a potential visit to at least one rug producing facility. Participants will be part of the carpet fair’s opening night-VIP reception with high-level Afghan government officials, including President Karzai (to be confirmed). The event will provide opportunities to network with over 70 Afghan rug vendors at the show. The show will feature a broad range of rugs from Afghanistan’s diverse rug producing provinces. Networking will also include one-on-one meetings between the U.S. rug business delegates and Afghan rug producers. Mission Timetable: The precise schedule will depend on the availability of local government and business officials and the specific goals of the mission participants. The tentative trip itinerary will be as follows: Sunday, August 26 Arrive in Kabul Attend opening reception for the Afghanistan International Carpet Fair, Serena Hotel Meet with high-level U.S. and Afghan Government officials Monday, August 27 Attend Afghanistan International Carpet Fair Networking between buyers and sellers One-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers Potential site visit to rug producing facilities PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43623 Tuesday, August 28 Attend Afghanistan International Carpet Fair Networking between buyers and sellers One-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers Potential site visit to rug producing facilities Wednesday, August 29 Depart Kabul Criteria for Participation and Selection: We are looking to recruit five to ten delegates from the U.S. rug industry to participate in this mission. Recruitment and selection will be conducted according to the ‘‘Statement of Policy Governing Department of Commerce-Overseas Trade Missions’’ established in March 1997. Eligibility: Participating companies must be incorporated or otherwise organized in the United States. Selection Criteria: Companies will be selected for participation in the mission on the basis of: • Consistency of company’s goals with the scope and desired outcome of the mission; • Relevance of a company’s business and product line to the identified growth sectors; • Rank of the designated company representative; • Past, present, or prospective relevant international business activity; • Diversity of company size, type, location, demographics, and traditional under-representation in business; and • Timely receipt of the company’s signed and completed application, participation agreement, and participation fee. Additionally, U.S. exporters applying for this mission, such as rug finishing machinery manufacturers or distributors, must certify that the company’s products or services are either produced in the United States, or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. The production and content requirements do not apply to U.S. buyer and U.S. investor applicants. Recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade missions calendar (http:// www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/tmcal.html), the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force Web site (http://www.export.gov/afghanistan), and press releases to the general and trade media. Promotion of the mission will also take place through the involvement of U.S. Export Assistance Centers and relevant trade associations. E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 43624 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Notices An applicant’s partisan, political activities (including political contribution) are entirely irrelevant to the selection process. The fee to participate in this mission is approximately USD 1,500. The fee will not cover travel expenses, meals or lodging. Recruitment begins immediately and will close on August 8, 2007. Applications received after that date will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. The mission Web site (http:// www.export.gov/afghanistan/events) will share information as it becomes available. Disclaimer Trade mission members participate in the trade mission and undertake related travel at their own risk and are advised to obtain insurance accordingly. Any question regarding insurance coverage must be resolved by the participant and its insurer of choice. The U.S. Government does not make any representations or guarantees as to the safety or security of participants. Companies should consult the State Department’s travel warning for Afghanistan: http://travel.state.gov/ travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2121.html. The Department of Commerce will coordinate with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to arrange for all transportation of the trade mission participants to and from the hotel and on visits to rug producing facilities. The Serena Hotel is responsible for providing security for the event venue. The Serena Hotel is a luxury hotel and does have security measures in place. The U.S. Government does not make any representations or guarantees as to the success of the trade mission. Noor Alam, Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, Tel: (202) 482–1812, Fax: (202) 482–0980, E-mail: AfghanInfo@ita.doc.gov. [FR Doc. 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ADDRESSES: Send questions about this notice to Leo Erwin, Chief, Financial Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910– 3282. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leo Erwin, (301) 713–2390. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Sections 312(b) through (e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1861a(b) through (e)) generally authorizes fishing capacity reduction programs. In particular, section 312(d) authorizes industry fee systems for repaying reduction loans which finance reduction program costs. Subpart L of 50 part 600 is the framework rule generally implementing section 312(b) through (e). Sections 1111 and 1112 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 1279f and 1279g) generally authorized reduction loans. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 (Public Law 106–554) directed the Secretary of Commerce to establish the $100 million fishing capacity reduction program in the BSAI king and tanner crab fishery. Congress amended the authorizing Act twice (Public Law 107 20 and Public Law 107 117), once to change the crab reduction program’s funding from a $50 million appropriation and a $50 million loan to a $100 million loan and once to clarify provisions about crab fishery vessels. NMFS adopted the program’s implementation rule as § 600.1103 in a subpart M of part 600. NMFS published the BSAI crab reduction program’s proposed implementation rule on December 12, 2002 (67 FR 76329) and its final rule on December 12, 2003 (68 FR 69331). On November 24, 2004, NMFS published a Federal Register notice (69 FR 68313) advising the public that beginning on PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 December 27, 2004, NMFS would tender the crab reduction program’s reduction payments to 25 accepted bidders. NMFS allocated the $97,399,357.11 million reduction loan to six reduction endorsement fisheries involved, as the following subamounts: 1. Bristol Bay red king, $17,129,957.23, 2. BSAI C. opilio and C. bairdi, $66,410,767.20, 3. Aleutian Islands brown king, $6,380,837.19, 4. Aleutian Islands red king, $237,588.04, 5. Pribilof red king and blue king, $1,571,216.35; and 6. St. Matthew blue king, $5,668,991.10. NMFS published a fee payment collection system implementation rule on September 16, 2005 (70 FR 54653). Fee collection and payment began on October 17, 2005. On May 10, 2006, NMFS published a final rule to exempt any crab landed under the Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program from the fee regulations for the BSAI King and Tanner Crab Fishing Capacity Reduction Program (71 FR 27209). Anyone interested in the program’s full implementation details should refer to these documents. II. Purpose The purpose of this notice is to adjust, in accordance with the framework rule’s § 600.1013(b), the fee rates for the BSAI king and tanner crab fishery. Section 600.1013(b) directs NMFS to recalculate the fee rate that will be reasonably necessary to ensure reduction loan repayment within the specified 30 year term. NMFS has determined that the current fee rates for the Bristol Bay red king and Aleutian Islands brown king reduction endorsement fisheries, 1.9 percent and 2.6 percent respectively, are inadequate to service these sub-loans. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Mission Statement; Afghanistan International Carpet Fair; August 
26-28, 2007

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez's priorities for Afghanistan 
include helping the country develop three sectors in which it has a 
comparative advantage: rugs, dried fruits and nuts, and mining. The 
International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce is

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organizing a U.S. carpet trade mission to Kabul, Afghanistan for the 
Afghanistan International Carpet Fair on August 26-28, 2007. The 
mission will assist U.S. rug businesses exploring trade and investment 
opportunities in Afghanistan's rug sector. Assistant Secretary David 
Bohigian will lead a delegation of U.S.-based executives of U.S. firms 
interested in pursuing business in Afghanistan's rug sector. The 
mission will include participation in the Carpet Fair, matchmaking, and 
a potential site visit to a rug production facility. The mission will 
reaffirm the U.S. Government's support towards bilateral relations and 
seek to expand opportunities for U.S. companies in Afghanistan.

Commercial Setting

    Afghanistan has a comparative advantage in producing hand woven 
rugs, putting this sector on the cutting edge of the Afghanistan's 
reintegration into the global economy. Afghanistan's rugs have a rich 
legacy of artistry and craftsmanship, which has been handed down 
through many generations. Each type of rug is unique to the location in 
which it was produced and inspired. Afghanistan produces various types 
of rugs woven out of wool, silk, and cotton.
    Due to the current lack of finishing facilities, Afghanistan sends 
more than eighty percent of its rugs to Pakistan, where they are 
finished and labeled ``made in Pakistan''. This Trade Mission will 
enable delegates to explore opportunities for investing in rug 
producing facilities and exporting textile equipment to Afghanistan. As 
such, the Mission could play a valuable role in preserving the brand 
identity of Afghan rugs, by helping producers to finish and export 
their own rugs.
    The Afghan Government is helping Afghan rug producers connect their 
craftsmanship to the world. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, the Government of Afghanistan organized two previous 
delegations of Afghan rug producers to visit the United States. In July 
2006, a delegation visited major retailers and rug importers in New 
York, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. In February 2007, a second 
delegation attended the AmericasMart International Area Rug Market in 
Atlanta, where Afghanistan's rugs were part of a major cultural 
showcase.
    This first-ever Afghanistan International Carpet Fair will provide 
an opportunity for Afghan rug producers and U.S. buyers to network, 
create business relationships, and allow U.S. buyers to explore 
investment opportunities in the rug sector. The Trade Mission presents 
a unique opportunity for seasoned U.S. rug professionals to partner 
with Afghan rug producers as Afghanistan strives to re-establish its 
leadership position in the global rug business.
    Mission Goals: The mission aims to further U.S. commercial policy 
objectives and to advance specific U.S. business interests in the U.S. 
and Afghan rug sectors. The mission will:
     Create an opportunity for members of the U.S. rug sector 
to meet and network with Afghan rug producers;
     Allow U.S. rug business delegates to visit Afghan rug 
producing facilities and explore potential investment opportunities;
     Assess the commercial climate of Afghanistan's rug sector 
as well as export and investment opportunities in Afghanistan;
     Encourage continued progress in economic development in 
Afghanistan.
    Mission Scenario: This mission will enable participants to gain 
access to the Afghan rug market on a large scale. The mission will 
include VIP participation in the rug show and a potential visit to at 
least one rug producing facility. Participants will be part of the 
carpet fair's opening night-VIP reception with high-level Afghan 
government officials, including President Karzai (to be confirmed). The 
event will provide opportunities to network with over 70 Afghan rug 
vendors at the show. The show will feature a broad range of rugs from 
Afghanistan's diverse rug producing provinces. Networking will also 
include one-on-one meetings between the U.S. rug business delegates and 
Afghan rug producers.
    Mission Timetable: The precise schedule will depend on the 
availability of local government and business officials and the 
specific goals of the mission participants. The tentative trip 
itinerary will be as follows:

Sunday, August 26

Arrive in Kabul
Attend opening reception for the Afghanistan International Carpet Fair, 
Serena Hotel
Meet with high-level U.S. and Afghan Government officials

Monday, August 27

Attend Afghanistan International Carpet Fair
Networking between buyers and sellers
One-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers
Potential site visit to rug producing facilities

Tuesday, August 28

Attend Afghanistan International Carpet Fair
Networking between buyers and sellers
One-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers
Potential site visit to rug producing facilities

Wednesday, August 29

Depart Kabul

    Criteria for Participation and Selection: We are looking to recruit 
five to ten delegates from the U.S. rug industry to participate in this 
mission. Recruitment and selection will be conducted according to the 
``Statement of Policy Governing Department of Commerce-Overseas Trade 
Missions'' established in March 1997.
    Eligibility: Participating companies must be incorporated or 
otherwise organized in the United States.
    Selection Criteria: Companies will be selected for participation in 
the mission on the basis of:
     Consistency of company's goals with the scope and desired 
outcome of the mission;
     Relevance of a company's business and product line to the 
identified growth sectors;
     Rank of the designated company representative;
     Past, present, or prospective relevant international 
business activity;
     Diversity of company size, type, location, demographics, 
and traditional under-representation in business; and
     Timely receipt of the company's signed and completed 
application, participation agreement, and participation fee.
    Additionally, U.S. exporters applying for this mission, such as rug 
finishing machinery manufacturers or distributors, must certify that 
the company's products or services are either produced in the United 
States, or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have 
at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. The production and content 
requirements do not apply to U.S. buyer and U.S. investor applicants.
    Recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, 
including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce 
Department trade missions calendar (http://www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/
tmcal.html), the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force 
Web site (http://www.export.gov/afghanistan), and press releases to the 
general and trade media. Promotion of the mission will also take place 
through the involvement of U.S. Export Assistance Centers and relevant 
trade associations.

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    An applicant's partisan, political activities (including political 
contribution) are entirely irrelevant to the selection process. The fee 
to participate in this mission is approximately USD 1,500. The fee will 
not cover travel expenses, meals or lodging. Recruitment begins 
immediately and will close on August 8, 2007. Applications received 
after that date will be considered only if space and scheduling 
constraints permit. The mission Web site (http://www.export.gov/
afghanistan/events) will share information as it becomes available.

Disclaimer

    Trade mission members participate in the trade mission and 
undertake related travel at their own risk and are advised to obtain 
insurance accordingly. Any question regarding insurance coverage must 
be resolved by the participant and its insurer of choice. The U.S. 
Government does not make any representations or guarantees as to the 
safety or security of participants. Companies should consult the State 
Department's travel warning for Afghanistan: http://travel.state.gov/
travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2121.html. The Department of Commerce will 
coordinate with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to arrange for all 
transportation of the trade mission participants to and from the hotel 
and on visits to rug producing facilities. The Serena Hotel is 
responsible for providing security for the event venue. The Serena 
Hotel is a luxury hotel and does have security measures in place.
    The U.S. Government does not make any representations or guarantees 
as to the success of the trade mission.

Noor Alam,
Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, Tel: (202) 482-1812, Fax: (202) 482-
0980, E-mail: AfghanInfo@ita.doc.gov.
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