Building for the Future: U.S. Building Products Trade Mission to Asia, 8508-8510 [E9-3957]

Download as PDF 8508 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 25, 2009 / Notices public of our revocation in part with respect to toy boxes in the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the PRC retroactive to January 1, 2007. We will instruct the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to liquidate without regard to antidumping duties, as applicable, and to refund any estimated antidumping duties collected for all unliquidated entries of toy boxes, made on or after January 1, 2007, meeting the specifications indicated above, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.222. This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (‘‘APOs’’) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.306. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This changed circumstances administrative review, partial revocation of the antidumping duty order and notice are in accordance with sections 751(b), (d) and 782(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216(e) and 351.222(g). Dated: February 13, 2009. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E9–4033 Filed 2–24–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Building for the Future: U.S. Building Products Trade Mission to Asia Department of Commerce. Revision. AGENCY: ACTION: pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Mission Statement Building for the Future: U.S. Building Products Trade Mission to Asia. April 20–28, 2009. Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service is organizing a Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok, Thailand, April 20–28, 2009, to promote U.S. firms offering environmentally friendly design and engineering services, energy efficient building systems, efficient lighting and heating/ventilation/air conditioning VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:09 Feb 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 (HVAC) systems, and eco-friendly building products. Growing interest in energy efficiency, environmental protection, and ‘‘green’’ building are generating significant opportunities in these markets for U.S. firms offering innovative products and technologies. The mission will include one-on-one business matchmaking appointments with prospective agents, distributors, and end-users; updates on major projects; Embassy briefings on doing business in each country market; and networking receptions. Commercial Setting Hong Kong In Hong Kong’s estimated $24 billion annual construction and building sector, usage of eco-friendly and energy-saving products has increased in recent years as developers are becoming more concerned about their environmental image and seek to attract multinational corporate tenants who prefer features that will save energy, reduce waste, and increase productivity in their commercial projects. Government regulations and incentives play a pivotal role in shaping the design of residential buildings in Hong Kong. Government incentives to encourage green building and waste reduction include exempting green features from the calculation of the gross floor area of a property, which grants developers extra floor space to boost the market value of their properties. In the last five years, growth in demand has been significant for environmentally-friendly products such as T5 lamps, variable-speed pumps, heat recovery systems in HVAC, service-ondemand features, advanced window glazings, and motion sensors. Metal formworks have extensively replaced timber. More pre-fabricated elements are used to allow cleaner construction sites. Use of photovoltaic panels has also increased, particularly in public buildings, although not on a large scale. The market for green building products in Hong Kong is far from maturity and holds genuine potential. Singapore Singapore’s $17 billion construction market is estimated to reach $20 billion annually over the next five years. Government spending will be the main factor sustaining construction demand, with emphasis on infrastructure projects. Singapore’s interest in green building promises to be substantial. The Government has set aside about $13 million over the next three years for the Green Mark Incentive Program, administered by the Building and PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Construction Authority (BCA), offering cash incentives to private developers and building owners for efforts to achieve a BCA Green Mark Gold rating for new or retrofitted buildings with a gross floor area exceeding 5,000 square meters. Furthermore, under BCA’s Green Mark program, the Marina Bay area is to serve as a model eco-city, with a new reservoir and gardens, and most buildings in the vicinity Green Mark certified. (For details on BCA’s Green Mark program, see https:// www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/ green_mark_buildings.html). Singapore’s Housing and Development Board is developing an eco-precinct in an effort to ensure the sustainability of public housing developments. The BCA is also establishing the One North area as a model of green facilities for the industrial sector. BCA’s Green Mark building program is strongly supported by Singapore’s National Environment Agency, pointing to excellent opportunities for U.S. suppliers of green materials and technology. The BCA specifically recommends the use of recyclable materials, as well as products and systems designed to harness renewable energy (e.g., solar, wind, biomass), increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality, and reduce noise and air pollution. Another $34 million has been setaside to be used within the next five years for a new Research Fund for the Built Environment. This Fund aims to intensify research and development efforts in green building technologies and energy efficiency. Separately, the Singapore Economic Development Board is committing $234 million for the green energy push, which includes an initiative to make Singapore a testing ground for new technologies, such as the latest solar panels or fuel cell engines. In all, the market potential in Singapore for technologies, systems and equipment used in the construction of environmentally sustainable (‘‘green’’) buildings is growing. This covers all types of systems and products to improve energy and water efficiency of a building, technologies and equipment that improve indoor air quality, construction systems that reduce noise and air pollution, and recyclable building materials. Thailand The United States and Thailand have enjoyed a special commercial relationship for 175 years under the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, which in most sectors affords U.S. companies operating in Thailand national E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 25, 2009 / Notices treatment, putting them on an ‘‘equal playing field’’ with Thai companies, a privilege offered to no other trading partner’s companies. The Thai market offers opportunities for U.S. companies in a number of infrastructure sectors, including building and renewable energy. The growing necessity for energy conservation in commercial and residential buildings is opening doors for ‘‘green’’ building products in Thailand. As the third largest energy consuming sector, after transport and industry, commercial and residential buildings are the Thai Government’s target sector for implementation of energy conservation policies. Last year, the Ministry of Energy, through the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, introduced a program to promote energy efficient buildings. The program provides technical assistance in building design and selection of building products such as exteriors, insulation, lighting, and HVAC. Qualified participants will be publicly endorsed as ‘‘energy efficient.’’ Such incentives, along with tighter building regulations and greater awareness of energy conservation among Thais, will continue to drive demand for green products and technologies in the coming years. The Thai government’s $8.6 billion investment plan for infrastructure development over the next five years also offers potential for U.S. suppliers of building products and services, particularly those offering eco-friendly materials and technologies for the construction of rail-based mass transit systems. American building products, commanding a reputation for quality and technology, stand much to gain from these growing demand trends in Thailand. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Mission Goals The Building for the Future Trade Mission will help U.S. firms to explore supplier opportunities under various infrastructure programs and initiate or expand their exports to the three markets through business-to-business introductions, market briefings, and networking activities. Mission Scenario The mission will stop in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand. In each city, participants will meet with government officials, potential buyers, agents/distributors, and other business partners. They will also attend market briefings by U.S. Embassy officials, as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with local business and industry decision-makers. VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:09 Feb 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 Proposed Mission Timetable April 20, 2009 ............ April 20–21, 2009 ...... April 22, 2009 ............ April 23–24, 2009 ...... April 25 or 26, 2009 .. April 27–28, 2009 ...... Mission begins in Hong Kong. Market briefing. Business matchmaking. Networking reception. Business matchmaking. Travel to Bangkok, Thailand. Networking reception. Market Briefing. Business matchmaking. Travel to Singapore on weekend. Briefing. Business matchmaking. Networking reception. Mission concludes. Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the Building for the Future Trade Mission must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 7 and maximum of 15 companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business in the target markets as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter the target markets for the first time may apply. Fees and Expenses After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee will be $5,785 for a large firm and $3,975 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).* The fee for each additional firm representative (large firm or SME) is $450. Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. The option to participate in the mission is also being offered to U.S.* An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see https:// www.sba.gov/services/contracting_opportunities/ sizestandardstopics/). Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008 (see https:// www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html for additional information). PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8509 based firms with an established presence in the target markets or neighboring countries; the same fee structure applies. Conditions for Participation • An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account when evaluating the applications. • Each applicant must also certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51 percent U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service. Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on the following criteria: • Suitability of the company’s products or services in the target markets and sectors. • Applicant’s potential for business in the target markets, including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission. • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the trade mission. Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing references to partisan political activities (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant’s submission and not considered during the selection process. Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner. Outreach will include publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (https:// www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/tmcal.html) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. The International Trade Administration will explore and welcome outreach assistance from other interested organizations, including other U.S. Government agencies. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1 8510 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 36 / Wednesday, February 25, 2009 / Notices Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and close March 4, 2009. Applications are available on-line on the mission Web site at https:// www.buyusa.gov/globaldesignbuild/ futurebuildmission.html. They can also be obtained by contacting the Mission Project Officer listed below. Applications received after March 4, 2009 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Contacts Sean Timmins, Global Trade Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program, Tel: 202–482–1841, E-mail: FutureBuildMission@mail.doc.gov. Terri Batch, International Trade Specialist, Global Design Build Team Leader, Tel: 310–882–1750, E-mail: FutureBuildMission@mail.doc.gov. Sean Timmins, Global Trade Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program. [FR Doc. E9–3957 Filed 2–24–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Mission Statement; European Port Infrastructure and Security Trade Mission to Germany, Belgium and Italy May 4–8, 2009 Department of Commerce. Notice. AGENCY: pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES ACTION: Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, is organizing a Trade Mission to Germany, Belgium and Italy, May 4–8, 2009. This event is intended to tap immediate opportunities in port infrastructure, and security and logistics in Hamburg, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; and Genoa, Italy. Because these ports are key gateways to the Western European market, companies from countries beyond Germany, Belgium, and Italy will be informed about the mission and encouraged to meet with the U.S. participants. The program will focus on several major areas, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) Port safety and security, including container tagging, chemical and radiation detection equipment, electronic container seals, tracking equipment, virtual simulation products and other high-technology security items, and training (such as first responder); VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:09 Feb 24, 2009 Jkt 217001 (2) Port logistics and infrastructure, including supply chain, communications, crisis management, risk management products, disaster control shore-based electricity, inland connections, terminal railroad infrastructure, pipelines and other solutions for liquid bulk and petrochemical products; (3) Port environment, including reduced emissions, clean engine developments and GreenPorts Certification; and (4) European maritime policies. The trade mission will expose participating companies to procurement opportunities in maritime ports and showcase U.S. technology, which is highly regarded and maintains a competitive edge in Europe. Commercial Setting As in other markets, Europe places a strong emphasis on homeland security, transportation, environmental safety and critical infrastructure development. The need for information exchange and security concerning the maritime industry continues to create opportunities in the maritime sector in Europe. Approximately 90 percent of the transport of goods to and from the European Union is by sea. The European Union has adopted rules regarding maritime safety and security to ensure quality shipping that respects the environment and guarantees an optimal level of protection. The current European maritime transport policy calls for safety and security measures that will allow the European maritime industry to continue making the most of its already prominent role to maximize its competitive position. The major focus is on environmental impact, safety, unification and simplification of procedures. This scenario will provide excellent opportunities for U.S. companies operating in a variety of areas. End-users consider the U.S. security equipment industry to be a leader in the global marketplace. U.S. producers will continue to have a competitive advantage because of their know-how and technological edge. Solutions to be considered will include, among many other items, handheld scanners, pagers, portal monitors, radiation identification devices, cargo and baggage screening equipment, non-intrusive inspection technology, access control and identification systems, video surveillance equipment and communication software for data integration. In European ports, a strong demand is developing for emissions-reducing technologies. This demand is triggered PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 mainly by European Union legislation pushing for important reductions in gaseous emissions, especially greenhouse gases, CO, NOX and SOX. The underlying political drivers are the EU’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and its Clean Air For Europe (CAFE) program. As EU Member states have some freedom in the actual implementation of the EU legislation, and they will likely pass on the burden to execute the national emissionreduction targets to the port areas, which are notorious polluters. Key commercial leads will include any and all technologies that lead to higher energy efficiency of both onshore (port facilities and infrastructure) and offshore (vessels) equipment. Examples are shore-based electricity networks (‘‘cold ironing’’), exhaust filters for diesel engines and power plants, and low-sulfur fuels. As the legislative process is ongoing, companies interested in this area could benefit from developing relations with port authorities and other semi-public stakeholders as direct sources of information in the future. Mission Goals The trade mission’s goal is to introduce U.S. exporters of port-related equipment, systems, and services to potential public and private end-users and partners, including potential agents, distributors, and licensees, with the aim of creating business partnerships that will contribute to increasing U.S. exports to European markets. Mission Scenario The mission will include meetings with individuals from both the public sector (e.g., port authorities and customs officials) and private business (e.g., shipping agents, marine terminal operators, and local security systems companies). In each country, participants will receive a briefing that will include market intelligence, as well as an overview of the country’s economic and political environment. A networking reception is planned at each stop. The mission will also include a brief tour of the ports of Hamburg, Antwerp and Genoa, briefings by port authorities on planned projects and expected infrastructure and security needs, and one-on-one business meetings between U.S. participants and potential end-users and partners. Follow-on business meetings in other countries in the region can be set up before or after the trade mission for an additional price, depending on participants’ wishes. E:\FR\FM\25FEN1.SGM 25FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Building for the Future: U.S. Building Products Trade Mission to 
Asia

AGENCY: Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Revision.

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Mission Statement

    Building for the Future: U.S. Building Products Trade Mission to 
Asia. April 20-28, 2009.

Mission Description

    The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service is organizing a 
Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok, Thailand, April 20-
28, 2009, to promote U.S. firms offering environmentally friendly 
design and engineering services, energy efficient building systems, 
efficient lighting and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) 
systems, and eco-friendly building products.
    Growing interest in energy efficiency, environmental protection, 
and ``green'' building are generating significant opportunities in 
these markets for U.S. firms offering innovative products and 
technologies. The mission will include one-on-one business matchmaking 
appointments with prospective agents, distributors, and end-users; 
updates on major projects; Embassy briefings on doing business in each 
country market; and networking receptions.

Commercial Setting

Hong Kong

    In Hong Kong's estimated $24 billion annual construction and 
building sector, usage of eco-friendly and energy-saving products has 
increased in recent years as developers are becoming more concerned 
about their environmental image and seek to attract multinational 
corporate tenants who prefer features that will save energy, reduce 
waste, and increase productivity in their commercial projects.
    Government regulations and incentives play a pivotal role in 
shaping the design of residential buildings in Hong Kong. Government 
incentives to encourage green building and waste reduction include 
exempting green features from the calculation of the gross floor area 
of a property, which grants developers extra floor space to boost the 
market value of their properties.
    In the last five years, growth in demand has been significant for 
environmentally-friendly products such as T5 lamps, variable-speed 
pumps, heat recovery systems in HVAC, service-on-demand features, 
advanced window glazings, and motion sensors. Metal formworks have 
extensively replaced timber. More pre-fabricated elements are used to 
allow cleaner construction sites. Use of photovoltaic panels has also 
increased, particularly in public buildings, although not on a large 
scale. The market for green building products in Hong Kong is far from 
maturity and holds genuine potential.

Singapore

    Singapore's $17 billion construction market is estimated to reach 
$20 billion annually over the next five years. Government spending will 
be the main factor sustaining construction demand, with emphasis on 
infrastructure projects. Singapore's interest in green building 
promises to be substantial. The Government has set aside about $13 
million over the next three years for the Green Mark Incentive Program, 
administered by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), offering 
cash incentives to private developers and building owners for efforts 
to achieve a BCA Green Mark Gold rating for new or retrofitted 
buildings with a gross floor area exceeding 5,000 square meters. 
Furthermore, under BCA's Green Mark program, the Marina Bay area is to 
serve as a model eco-city, with a new reservoir and gardens, and most 
buildings in the vicinity Green Mark certified. (For details on BCA's 
Green Mark program, see https://www.bca.gov.sg/GreenMark/green_mark_
buildings.html).
    Singapore's Housing and Development Board is developing an eco-
precinct in an effort to ensure the sustainability of public housing 
developments. The BCA is also establishing the One North area as a 
model of green facilities for the industrial sector. BCA's Green Mark 
building program is strongly supported by Singapore's National 
Environment Agency, pointing to excellent opportunities for U.S. 
suppliers of green materials and technology. The BCA specifically 
recommends the use of recyclable materials, as well as products and 
systems designed to harness renewable energy (e.g., solar, wind, 
biomass), increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality, and 
reduce noise and air pollution.
    Another $34 million has been set-aside to be used within the next 
five years for a new Research Fund for the Built Environment. This Fund 
aims to intensify research and development efforts in green building 
technologies and energy efficiency. Separately, the Singapore Economic 
Development Board is committing $234 million for the green energy push, 
which includes an initiative to make Singapore a testing ground for new 
technologies, such as the latest solar panels or fuel cell engines.
    In all, the market potential in Singapore for technologies, systems 
and equipment used in the construction of environmentally sustainable 
(``green'') buildings is growing. This covers all types of systems and 
products to improve energy and water efficiency of a building, 
technologies and equipment that improve indoor air quality, 
construction systems that reduce noise and air pollution, and 
recyclable building materials.

Thailand

    The United States and Thailand have enjoyed a special commercial 
relationship for 175 years under the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, 
which in most sectors affords U.S. companies operating in Thailand 
national

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treatment, putting them on an ``equal playing field'' with Thai 
companies, a privilege offered to no other trading partner's companies. 
The Thai market offers opportunities for U.S. companies in a number of 
infrastructure sectors, including building and renewable energy.
    The growing necessity for energy conservation in commercial and 
residential buildings is opening doors for ``green'' building products 
in Thailand. As the third largest energy consuming sector, after 
transport and industry, commercial and residential buildings are the 
Thai Government's target sector for implementation of energy 
conservation policies. Last year, the Ministry of Energy, through the 
Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, introduced 
a program to promote energy efficient buildings. The program provides 
technical assistance in building design and selection of building 
products such as exteriors, insulation, lighting, and HVAC. Qualified 
participants will be publicly endorsed as ``energy efficient.'' Such 
incentives, along with tighter building regulations and greater 
awareness of energy conservation among Thais, will continue to drive 
demand for green products and technologies in the coming years.
    The Thai government's $8.6 billion investment plan for 
infrastructure development over the next five years also offers 
potential for U.S. suppliers of building products and services, 
particularly those offering eco-friendly materials and technologies for 
the construction of rail-based mass transit systems. American building 
products, commanding a reputation for quality and technology, stand 
much to gain from these growing demand trends in Thailand.

Mission Goals

    The Building for the Future Trade Mission will help U.S. firms to 
explore supplier opportunities under various infrastructure programs 
and initiate or expand their exports to the three markets through 
business-to-business introductions, market briefings, and networking 
activities.

Mission Scenario

    The mission will stop in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, 
Thailand. In each city, participants will meet with government 
officials, potential buyers, agents/distributors, and other business 
partners. They will also attend market briefings by U.S. Embassy 
officials, as well as networking events offering further opportunities 
to speak with local business and industry decision-makers.

Proposed Mission Timetable

 
April 20, 2009............................  Mission begins in Hong Kong.
                                            Market briefing.
                                            Business matchmaking.
                                            Networking reception.
April 20-21, 2009.........................  Business matchmaking.
April 22, 2009............................  Travel to Bangkok, Thailand.
                                            Networking reception.
April 23-24, 2009.........................  Market Briefing.
                                            Business matchmaking.
April 25 or 26, 2009......................  Travel to Singapore on
                                             weekend.
April 27-28, 2009.........................  Briefing.
                                            Business matchmaking.
                                            Networking reception.
                                            Mission concludes.
 

Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the Building for the 
Future Trade Mission must complete and submit an application package 
for consideration by the Department of Commerce. All applicants will be 
evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy 
the selection criteria as outlined below. A minimum of 7 and maximum of 
15 companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the 
applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business in the target 
markets as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter the target markets 
for the first time may apply.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a 
payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation 
fee is required. The participation fee will be $5,785 for a large firm 
and $3,975 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).\*\ The fee for 
each additional firm representative (large firm or SME) is $450. 
Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the 
responsibility of each mission participant. The option to participate 
in the mission is also being offered to U.S.-based firms with an 
established presence in the target markets or neighboring countries; 
the same fee structure applies.
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    \*\ An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or 
that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations 
(see https://www.sba.gov/services/contracting_opportunities/
sizestandardstopics/). Parent companies, affiliates, and 
subsidiaries will be considered when determining business size. The 
dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service's user fee schedule 
that became effective May 1, 2008 (see https://www.export.gov/
newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information).
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Conditions for Participation

     An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission 
application and supplemental application materials, including adequate 
information on the company's products and/or services, primary market 
objectives, and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce 
receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the 
application, request additional information, or take the lack of 
information into account when evaluating the applications.
     Each applicant must also certify that the products and 
services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in 
the United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm 
and have at least 51 percent U.S. content of the value of the finished 
product or service.
    Selection Criteria: Selection will be based on the following 
criteria:
     Suitability of the company's products or services in the 
target markets and sectors.
     Applicant's potential for business in the target markets, 
including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission.
     Consistency of the applicant's goals and objectives with 
the stated scope of the trade mission.

Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing 
references to partisan political activities (including political 
contributions) will be removed from an applicant's submission and not 
considered during the selection process.

Timeframe for Recruitment and Applications

    Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner. 
Outreach will include publication in the Federal Register, posting on 
the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (https://www.ita.doc.gov/
doctm/tmcal.html) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to 
general and trade media, direct mail, broadcast fax, notices by 
industry trade associations and other multiplier groups, and publicity 
at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. The 
International Trade Administration will explore and welcome outreach 
assistance from other interested organizations, including other U.S. 
Government agencies.

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    Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and close March 
4, 2009. Applications are available on-line on the mission Web site at 
https://www.buyusa.gov/globaldesignbuild/futurebuildmission.html. They 
can also be obtained by contacting the Mission Project Officer listed 
below. Applications received after March 4, 2009 will be considered 
only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contacts

Sean Timmins, Global Trade Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions 
Program, Tel: 202-482-1841, E-mail: FutureBuildMission@mail.doc.gov.
Terri Batch, International Trade Specialist, Global Design Build Team 
Leader, Tel: 310-882-1750, E-mail: FutureBuildMission@mail.doc.gov.

Sean Timmins,
Global Trade Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program.
[FR Doc. E9-3957 Filed 2-24-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P