Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Calendar Year 2011, 44350-44352 [E9-20825]

Download as PDF 44350 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 166 / Friday, August 28, 2009 / Notices establishments, first quarter payroll, annual payroll, and mid-March employment summarized by industry and employment size class for the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, counties, and countyequivalents. No other annual or more frequent series of industry statistics provides comparable detail, particularly for small geographic areas. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit; Not-for-profit institutions; Farms; State, local or Tribal governments. Frequency: Annually. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 182, 195, 224, and 225. OMB Desk Officer: Brian HarrisKojetin, (202) 395–7314. Copies of the above information collection proposal can be obtained by calling or writing Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482–0266, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dhynek@doc.gov). Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Brian Harris-Kojetin, OMB Desk Officer either by fax (202–395– 7245) or e-mail (bharrisk@omb.eop.gov). Dated: August 24, 2009. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–20696 Filed 8–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Application(s) for Duty–Free Entry of Scientific Instruments Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651, as amended by Pub. L. 106– 36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301), we invite comments on the question of whether instruments of equivalent scientific value, for the purposes for which the instruments shown below are intended to be used, are being manufactured in the United States. Comments must comply with 15 CFR 301.5(a)(3) and (4) of the regulations and be postmarked on or before September 17, 2009. Address written comments to Statutory Import Programs Staff, Room 3720, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230. Applications may be examined between 8:30 a.m. and VerDate Nov<24>2008 00:07 Aug 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 5 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Room 3720. Docket Number: 09–045. Applicant: Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright– Patterson AFB, 2230 10th St., Area ‘‘B’’, Building 655, Room 76, Wright– Patterson AFB, OH 45433. Instrument: Tilting Goniometer Stages, with Resistive Encoders. Manufacturer: Attocube Systems AG, Germany. Intended Use: This instrument will be used to study structural aerospace materials. Specifically, it will be used to characterize and measure the micromechanical properties of structural aerospace metals. The instrument must be able to move linear position less than 5 nm wide and to move objects to distances over 5 nm. It must also have millidegree resolution and a range of tilt of at least 5 degrees. Justification for Duty–Free Entry: There are no instruments of the same general category being manufactured within the United States. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: July 27, 2009. Docket Number: 09–046. Applicant: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, Colorado 80401. Instrument: Sidewinder Upgrade (ion column) Accessory for Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: FEI Company, the Netherlands. Intended Use: This instrument will be used to study the chemistry, crystallography and structural morphology of a variety of materials used in the development of photovoltaic devices. Justification for Duty–Free Entry: There are no instruments of the same general category being manufactured within the United States. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: August 3, 2009. Dated: August 24, 2009. Christopher Cassel, Acting Director, IA Subsidies Enforcement Office. [FR Doc. E9–20823 Filed 8–27–04; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Application(s) for Duty–Free Entry of Scientific Instruments Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651, as amended by Pub. L. 106– 36; 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301), we invite comments on the question of whether instruments of equivalent scientific value, for the purposes for PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which the instruments shown below are intended to be used, are being manufactured in the United States. Comments must comply with 15 CFR 301.5(a)(3) and (4) of the regulations and be postmarked on or before September 17, 2009. Address written comments to Statutory Import Programs Staff, Room 3720, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20230. Applications may be examined between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Room 3720. Docket Number: 09–047. Applicant: Washington State University, P.O. Box 641020, Pullman, WA 99164. Instrument: Electron Microscope. Manufacturer: FEI Company, Czech Republic. Intended Use: The instrument will be used to study bulk amorphous metal alloys, nano–particle ceramics, nano–particle metals, polymer matrices and ceramic matrices. The instrument will be used to measure the thickness of deposited coatings at 1.0 nm resolution. Justification for Duty–Free Entry: No instruments of same general category are manufactured in the United States. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: July 31, 2009. Dated: August 24, 2009. Christopher Cassel, Acting Director, IA Subsidies Enforcement Office. [FR Doc. E9–20824 Filed 8–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Docket No. 0908031214–91214–01] Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Calendar Year 2011 AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and Call for Applications. SUMMARY: This notice sets forth objectives, procedures and application review criteria associated with support for domestic trade shows by the International Buyer Program (IBP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). This announcement covers selection for International Buyer Program participation for calendar year 2011 (January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011). The purpose of the IBP program is to bring international buyers together with U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with high export potential. E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 166 / Friday, August 28, 2009 / Notices DATES: Applications must be received by October 27, 2009. ADDRESSES: Applications may be submitted by any of the following methods: (1) Mail/Hand Delivery Service: International Buyer Program, Global Trade Programs, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M—Mezzanine Level—Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004. Telephone (202) 482–4207; (2) Facsimile: (202) 482–7800; or (3) e-mail: Blanche.Ziv@mail.doc.gov. Facsimile and e-mail applications will be accepted as interim applications, but must be followed by a signed original application that is received by the program within five (5) business days after the application deadline. To ensure that applications are timely received by the deadline, applicants are strongly urged to send applications by hand delivery service (e.g., U.S. Postal Service Express Delivery, Federal Express, UPS, etc.). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blanche Ziv, Director, International Buyer Program, Global Trade Programs, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M—Mezzanine Level—Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone (202) 482–4207; Facsimile: (202) 482–7800; E-mail: Blanche.Ziv@mail.doc.gov. The International Buyer Program was established to bring international buyers together with U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with high export potential. The International Buyer Program emphasizes cooperation between the DOC and trade show organizers to benefit U.S. firms exhibiting at selected events and provides practical, hands-on assistance such as export counseling and market analysis to U.S. companies interested in exporting. The assistance provided to show organizers includes worldwide overseas promotion of selected shows to potential international buyers, endusers, representatives and distributors. The worldwide promotion is executed through the offices of the DOC U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (hereinafter referred to as the Commercial Service) in more than 70 countries representing the United States’ major trading partners, and also in U.S. Embassies in countries where the Commercial Service does not maintain offices. hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:38 Aug 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 The Commercial Service is accepting applications for the International Buyer Program for trade events taking place between January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. Selection of a trade show is valid for one event, i.e., a trade show organizer seeking selection for a recurring event must submit a new application for selection for each occurrence of the event. Even if the event occurs more than once in the 12month period covered by this announcement, the trade show organizer must submit a separate application for each event. The Commercial Service expects to select approximately 35 events from among applicants to the program for the January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 period. The Commercial Service will select those events that are determined to most clearly meet the Commercial Service’s statutory mandate to promote U.S. exports, especially those of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and that best meet the selection criteria articulated below. Shows selected for the International Buyer Program will provide a venue for U.S. companies interested in expanding their sales into international markets. Successful show organizer applicants will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOC. The MOA constitutes an agreement between the DOC and the show organizer specifying which responsibilities are to be undertaken by the DOC as part of the International Buyer Program and, in turn, which responsibilities are to be undertaken by the show organizer. Anyone requesting application information will be sent a sample copy of the MOA along with the application and a copy of this Federal Register Notice. The responsibilities to be undertaken by the DOC will be carried out by the Commercial Service. A participation fee of $8,000 for shows of five days or less is required within 45 days of written notification of acceptance into the program. For trade shows more than five days in duration, or requiring more than one International Business Center, a participation fee of $14,000 is required. For trade shows ten days or more in duration, and/or requiring more than two International Business Centers, the participation fee will be negotiated, but shall not be less than $19,500. The DOC selects trade shows to be International Buyer Program partners that it determines to be leading international trade shows appropriate for participation by U.S. exporting firms and for promotion in overseas markets by U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Selection as an International Buyer PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44351 Program partner does not constitute a guarantee by the U.S. Government of the show’s success. International Buyer Program partnership status is not an endorsement of the show organizer except as to its international buyer activities. Non-selection should not be viewed as a finding that the event will not be successful in the promotion of U.S. exports. Exclusions: Trade shows that are either first-time or horizontal (nonindustry specific) events generally will not be considered. Eligibility: All 2011 U.S. trade events are eligible to apply. General Selection Criteria: The Commercial Service will select shows to be International Buyer Program partners that, in the judgment of the Commercial Service, best meet the following criteria: (a) Level of Intellectual Property Rights Protection: The trade show organizer includes in the terms and conditions of its exhibitor contracts provisions for the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR); has procedures in place at the trade show to address IPR infringement, which, at a minimum, provides information to help U.S. exhibitors procure legal representation during the trade show; and agrees to assist the DOC to reach and educate U.S. exhibitors on the Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!), IPR protection measures available during the show, and the means to protect IPR in overseas markets, as well as in the United States. (b) Export Potential: The trade show promotes products and services from U.S. industries that have high export potential, as determined by DOC sources, e.g., Commercial Service best prospects lists and U.S. export statistics (certain industries are rated as priorities by our domestic and international commercial officers in their Country Commercial Guides, available through the Web site, http://www.export.gov). (c) Level of International Interest: The trade show meets the needs of a significant number of overseas markets and corresponds to marketing opportunities as identified by the posts in their Country Commercial Guides (e.g., best prospect lists). Previous international attendance at the show may be used as an indicator. (d) Scope of the Show: The event must offer a broad spectrum of U.S. made products and services for the subject industry. Trade shows with a majority of U.S. firms as exhibitors are given priority. (e) U.S. Content of Show Exhibitors: Trade shows with exhibitors featuring a high percentage of U.S. products or products with a high degree of U.S. E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 hsrobinson on DSK69SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 44352 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 166 / Friday, August 28, 2009 / Notices content will be preferred. Generally, to have ‘‘U.S. content,’’ products and services to be exhibited should be: (i) Produced or manufactured in the United States; or, (ii) if produced or manufactured outside of the United States, be marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have U.S. content representing at least 51 percent of the value of the finished product or service being exported. U.S.-sourced inputs that may be considered as contributing to U.S. content, to the extent that they are incorporated into the finished product or service being exported, may include but are not limited to: Materials; components; packaging; labor; production equipment and factory overhead; research and development; design; intellectual property; warehousing; distribution; sales; administration and management; advertising; and marketing and promotion. (f) Stature of the Show: The trade show is clearly recognized by the industry it covers as a leading event for the promotion of that industry’s products and services both domestically and internationally, and as a showplace for the latest technology or services in that industry. (g) Level of Exhibitor Interest: There is demonstrated interest on the part of U.S. exhibitors in receiving international business visitors during the trade show. A significant number of U.S. exhibitors should be new-to-export (NTE) or seeking to expand their sales into additional export markets. (h) Level of Overseas Marketing: There has been a demonstrated effort to market prior shows overseas. In addition, the applicant should describe in detail the international marketing program to be conducted for the event, and explain how efforts should increase individual and group international attendance. (Planned cooperation with Visit USA Committees overseas is desirable. For more information on Visit USA Committees go to: http://www.tia.org/ International/VUSA.html). (i) Logistics: The trade show site, facilities, transportation services, and availability of accommodations at the site of the exhibition must be capable of accommodating large numbers of attendees whose native language will not be English. (j) Level of Cooperation: The applicant demonstrates a willingness to cooperate with the Commercial Service to fulfill the program’s goals and adhere to the target dates set out in the MOA and in the event timetables, both of which are available from the program office (see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above). Past experience in the VerDate Nov<24>2008 21:38 Aug 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 International Buyer Program will be taken into account in evaluating the applications received for the January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 period. (k) Delegation Incentives: Show organizers should list or identify a range of incentives to be offered to delegations and/or delegation leaders recruited by the Commercial Service overseas posts. Examples of incentives to international visitors and to organized delegations include, but are not limited to: Waived or reduced admission fees; special organized events, such as receptions, meetings with association executives, briefings, and site tours; and complimentary accommodations for delegation leaders. Waived or reduced admission fees are required for international attendees who are members of Commercial Service recruited delegations under this program. Delegation leaders also must be provided complimentary admission to the event. Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications for the 2011 International Buyer Program are requested to submit with each application: (1) A narrative statement addressing each question in the application; (2) a signed statement that ‘‘The above information provided is correct and the applicant will abide by the terms set forth in this Call for Applications for the 2011 International Buyer Program (January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011)’’; and (3) two copies of the application, on company letterhead, and one electronic copy submitted on a 3.5’’ diskette or CD–RW (preferably in Microsoft Word® format), on or before the deadline noted above. The DOC expects to issue the results of this process by March 2010. Legal Authority: The Commercial Service has the legal authority to enter into MOAs with show organizers (partners) under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), as amended (22 U.S.C. sections 2455(f) and 2458(c)). MECEA allows the Commercial Service to accept contributions of funds and services from firms for the purposes of furthering its mission. The statutory program authority for the Commercial Service to conduct the International Buyer Program is 15 U.S.C. 4724. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements of the application to this program (Form ITA– 4102P) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (OMB Control No. 0625–0151). Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. Dated: August 24, 2009. Blanche Ziv, Director, International Buyer Program, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. E9–20825 Filed 8–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XR21 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold Meetings of its Limited Access Privilege Program (LAPP) Committee, Spiny Lobster Committee, Mackerel Committee, a joint meeting of its Executive and Finance Committees, Law Enforcement Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee, joint EcosystemBased Management and Habitat Committees, Golden Crab Committee, and Dolphin Wahoo Committee, and a meeting of the full Council. There will also be a swearing in of new Council members. The Council will hold an informal public question and answer session with NMFS Regional Administrator and Council Chairman as well as open public comment periods relative to agenda items. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details. DATES: The meeting will be held September 14 - 18, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403; telephone: (800) 968–3569 or (843) 723– 3000; fax: (843) 266–1479. Copies of documents are available from Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 166 (Friday, August 28, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44350-44352]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[Docket No. 0908031214-91214-01]


Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program 
Calendar Year 2011

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and Call for Applications.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth objectives, procedures and application 
review criteria associated with support for domestic trade shows by the 
International Buyer Program (IBP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce 
(DOC). This announcement covers selection for International Buyer 
Program participation for calendar year 2011 (January 1, 2011 through 
December 31, 2011). The purpose of the IBP program is to bring 
international buyers together with U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. 
trade shows in industries with high export potential.

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DATES: Applications must be received by October 27, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Applications may be submitted by any of the following 
methods: (1) Mail/Hand Delivery Service: International Buyer Program, 
Global Trade Programs, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1300 
Pennsylvania Ave. Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M--Mezzanine Level--
Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004. Telephone (202) 482-4207; (2) 
Facsimile: (202) 482-7800; or (3) e-mail: Blanche.Ziv@mail.doc.gov. 
Facsimile and e-mail applications will be accepted as interim 
applications, but must be followed by a signed original application 
that is received by the program within five (5) business days after the 
application deadline. To ensure that applications are timely received 
by the deadline, applicants are strongly urged to send applications by 
hand delivery service (e.g., U.S. Postal Service Express Delivery, 
Federal Express, UPS, etc.).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blanche Ziv, Director, International 
Buyer Program, Global Trade Programs, U.S. and Foreign Commercial 
Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M--
Mezzanine Level--Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone (202) 
482-4207; Facsimile: (202) 482-7800; E-mail: Blanche.Ziv@mail.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The International Buyer Program was 
established to bring international buyers together with U.S. firms by 
promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with high export 
potential. The International Buyer Program emphasizes cooperation 
between the DOC and trade show organizers to benefit U.S. firms 
exhibiting at selected events and provides practical, hands-on 
assistance such as export counseling and market analysis to U.S. 
companies interested in exporting. The assistance provided to show 
organizers includes worldwide overseas promotion of selected shows to 
potential international buyers, end-users, representatives and 
distributors. The worldwide promotion is executed through the offices 
of the DOC U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (hereinafter referred to 
as the Commercial Service) in more than 70 countries representing the 
United States' major trading partners, and also in U.S. Embassies in 
countries where the Commercial Service does not maintain offices.
    The Commercial Service is accepting applications for the 
International Buyer Program for trade events taking place between 
January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011. Selection of a trade show is 
valid for one event, i.e., a trade show organizer seeking selection for 
a recurring event must submit a new application for selection for each 
occurrence of the event. Even if the event occurs more than once in the 
12-month period covered by this announcement, the trade show organizer 
must submit a separate application for each event.
    The Commercial Service expects to select approximately 35 events 
from among applicants to the program for the January 1, 2011 through 
December 31, 2011 period. The Commercial Service will select those 
events that are determined to most clearly meet the Commercial 
Service's statutory mandate to promote U.S. exports, especially those 
of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and that best meet the 
selection criteria articulated below. Shows selected for the 
International Buyer Program will provide a venue for U.S. companies 
interested in expanding their sales into international markets. 
Successful show organizer applicants will be required to enter into a 
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOC. The MOA constitutes an 
agreement between the DOC and the show organizer specifying which 
responsibilities are to be undertaken by the DOC as part of the 
International Buyer Program and, in turn, which responsibilities are to 
be undertaken by the show organizer. Anyone requesting application 
information will be sent a sample copy of the MOA along with the 
application and a copy of this Federal Register Notice. The 
responsibilities to be undertaken by the DOC will be carried out by the 
Commercial Service.
    A participation fee of $8,000 for shows of five days or less is 
required within 45 days of written notification of acceptance into the 
program. For trade shows more than five days in duration, or requiring 
more than one International Business Center, a participation fee of 
$14,000 is required. For trade shows ten days or more in duration, and/
or requiring more than two International Business Centers, the 
participation fee will be negotiated, but shall not be less than 
$19,500.
    The DOC selects trade shows to be International Buyer Program 
partners that it determines to be leading international trade shows 
appropriate for participation by U.S. exporting firms and for promotion 
in overseas markets by U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Selection as an 
International Buyer Program partner does not constitute a guarantee by 
the U.S. Government of the show's success. International Buyer Program 
partnership status is not an endorsement of the show organizer except 
as to its international buyer activities. Non-selection should not be 
viewed as a finding that the event will not be successful in the 
promotion of U.S. exports.
    Exclusions: Trade shows that are either first-time or horizontal 
(non-industry specific) events generally will not be considered.
    Eligibility: All 2011 U.S. trade events are eligible to apply.
    General Selection Criteria: The Commercial Service will select 
shows to be International Buyer Program partners that, in the judgment 
of the Commercial Service, best meet the following criteria:
    (a) Level of Intellectual Property Rights Protection: The trade 
show organizer includes in the terms and conditions of its exhibitor 
contracts provisions for the protection of intellectual property rights 
(IPR); has procedures in place at the trade show to address IPR 
infringement, which, at a minimum, provides information to help U.S. 
exhibitors procure legal representation during the trade show; and 
agrees to assist the DOC to reach and educate U.S. exhibitors on the 
Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!), IPR protection measures 
available during the show, and the means to protect IPR in overseas 
markets, as well as in the United States.
    (b) Export Potential: The trade show promotes products and services 
from U.S. industries that have high export potential, as determined by 
DOC sources, e.g., Commercial Service best prospects lists and U.S. 
export statistics (certain industries are rated as priorities by our 
domestic and international commercial officers in their Country 
Commercial Guides, available through the Web site, http://www.export.gov).
    (c) Level of International Interest: The trade show meets the needs 
of a significant number of overseas markets and corresponds to 
marketing opportunities as identified by the posts in their Country 
Commercial Guides (e.g., best prospect lists). Previous international 
attendance at the show may be used as an indicator.
    (d) Scope of the Show: The event must offer a broad spectrum of 
U.S. made products and services for the subject industry. Trade shows 
with a majority of U.S. firms as exhibitors are given priority.
    (e) U.S. Content of Show Exhibitors: Trade shows with exhibitors 
featuring a high percentage of U.S. products or products with a high 
degree of U.S.

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content will be preferred. Generally, to have ``U.S. content,'' 
products and services to be exhibited should be: (i) Produced or 
manufactured in the United States; or, (ii) if produced or manufactured 
outside of the United States, be marketed under the name of a U.S. firm 
and have U.S. content representing at least 51 percent of the value of 
the finished product or service being exported. U.S.-sourced inputs 
that may be considered as contributing to U.S. content, to the extent 
that they are incorporated into the finished product or service being 
exported, may include but are not limited to: Materials; components; 
packaging; labor; production equipment and factory overhead; research 
and development; design; intellectual property; warehousing; 
distribution; sales; administration and management; advertising; and 
marketing and promotion.
    (f) Stature of the Show: The trade show is clearly recognized by 
the industry it covers as a leading event for the promotion of that 
industry's products and services both domestically and internationally, 
and as a showplace for the latest technology or services in that 
industry.
    (g) Level of Exhibitor Interest: There is demonstrated interest on 
the part of U.S. exhibitors in receiving international business 
visitors during the trade show. A significant number of U.S. exhibitors 
should be new-to-export (NTE) or seeking to expand their sales into 
additional export markets.
    (h) Level of Overseas Marketing: There has been a demonstrated 
effort to market prior shows overseas. In addition, the applicant 
should describe in detail the international marketing program to be 
conducted for the event, and explain how efforts should increase 
individual and group international attendance. (Planned cooperation 
with Visit USA Committees overseas is desirable. For more information 
on Visit USA Committees go to: http://www.tia.org/International/VUSA.html).
    (i) Logistics: The trade show site, facilities, transportation 
services, and availability of accommodations at the site of the 
exhibition must be capable of accommodating large numbers of attendees 
whose native language will not be English.
    (j) Level of Cooperation: The applicant demonstrates a willingness 
to cooperate with the Commercial Service to fulfill the program's goals 
and adhere to the target dates set out in the MOA and in the event 
timetables, both of which are available from the program office (see 
the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above). Past experience in 
the International Buyer Program will be taken into account in 
evaluating the applications received for the January 1, 2011 through 
December 31, 2011 period.
    (k) Delegation Incentives: Show organizers should list or identify 
a range of incentives to be offered to delegations and/or delegation 
leaders recruited by the Commercial Service overseas posts. Examples of 
incentives to international visitors and to organized delegations 
include, but are not limited to: Waived or reduced admission fees; 
special organized events, such as receptions, meetings with association 
executives, briefings, and site tours; and complimentary accommodations 
for delegation leaders. Waived or reduced admission fees are required 
for international attendees who are members of Commercial Service 
recruited delegations under this program. Delegation leaders also must 
be provided complimentary admission to the event.
    Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications 
for the 2011 International Buyer Program are requested to submit with 
each application: (1) A narrative statement addressing each question in 
the application; (2) a signed statement that ``The above information 
provided is correct and the applicant will abide by the terms set forth 
in this Call for Applications for the 2011 International Buyer Program 
(January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011)''; and (3) two copies of 
the application, on company letterhead, and one electronic copy 
submitted on a 3.5'' diskette or CD-RW (preferably in Microsoft 
Word[supreg] format), on or before the deadline noted above. The DOC 
expects to issue the results of this process by March 2010.
    Legal Authority: The Commercial Service has the legal authority to 
enter into MOAs with show organizers (partners) under the provisions of 
the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), as 
amended (22 U.S.C. sections 2455(f) and 2458(c)). MECEA allows the 
Commercial Service to accept contributions of funds and services from 
firms for the purposes of furthering its mission. The statutory program 
authority for the Commercial Service to conduct the International Buyer 
Program is 15 U.S.C. 4724.
    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the 
information collection requirements of the application to this program 
(Form ITA-4102P) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (OMB Control No. 0625-0151). 
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to 
respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to 
comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information 
displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.

    Dated: August 24, 2009.
Blanche Ziv,
Director, International Buyer Program, U.S. and Foreign Commercial 
Service, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce.
[FR Doc. E9-20825 Filed 8-27-09; 8:45 am]
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