Energy and Infrastructure Mission to Saudi Arabia, 54300-54302 [2010-22135]

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[FR Doc. 2010–22150 Filed 9–3–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6335–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 International Trade Administration Energy and Infrastructure Mission to Saudi Arabia International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:24 Sep 03, 2010 Jkt 220001 Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS) is organizing an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) trade mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 2–5, 2011. Led by a senior Department of Commerce official, the mission to Saudi Arabia is intended to include representatives from a variety of U.S. ICT industry suppliers and service providers. This trade mission will introduce suppliers of information technology (IT) and communication products and services to potential buyers and allow them to explore new business opportunities. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Saudi Arabia independently, will enhance the companies’ ability to secure meetings with potential buyers, distributors, partners and industry officials in Saudi Arabia. The mission will include appointments, briefings and a networking reception in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s primary ICT hubs. Trade mission participants will have the opportunity to interact with Commercial Service (CS) specialists covering the ICT industries to discuss industry developments, opportunities, and sales strategies. Commercial Setting Saudi Arabia is the largest IT market in the Arabian Gulf, estimated at $3.7 billion in 2010. The Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC), the Saudi government regulatory agency, revealed that spending on ICT reached $5.96 billion in 2009, is expected to reach at $7 billion in 2010, and projected to grow to $9.8 billion by 2013. The impact of the global economic downturn on the country has been offset by business organizations’ growing interest in technology solutions, which boost efficiency and productivity. The Saudi market will continue to be a lucrative market for high-tech products and services over the next few years, supported by increased government spending to upgrade the country’s IT and communications infrastructure. Additionally, the government’s urban development initiative to establish new economic cities, airports, universities and other infrastructure projects will also stimulate growth in the ICT sector. Other major factors that will influence ICT sector growth include: • A young population, which is highly technology-oriented. According to the CIA World Factbook, the percentage of population under the age of 14 is 38%. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • One of the world’s lowest Internet penetration levels, providing for a good growth potential. The latest industry figures revealed that there were approximately ten million internet users as of the third quarter in 2009, about 34% of the total population, with a broadband penetration level of 8%. Industry sources expect sales of hardware to grow annually at an average of 7% over the next three years, while the market for IT services will grow an average of 9% during the same period. According to some estimates, per capita IT spending will reach $173 by 2014, as personal computer (PC) penetration rises to more than 30%. The number of PCs sold in 2009 was 2.1 million units, and is expected to grow to 7.2 million units in 2014. Industry Developments The Saudi government continues to prioritize the development and accessibility of the latest ICT products and services. One of the Saudi Shoura Council’s (Saudi Parliament) strategic objectives is to raise the IT sector’s contribution to GDP from the current 4% to 20% by 2020. The Council aims to raise broadband penetration from 8% to 23% by 2013. Despite the economic downturn in 2009, the Saudi government pressed ahead with its ambitious e-government plan and IT projects. The government launched a $3.1 billion plan to improve the education system, by equipping schools to keep pace with scientific and technological activities, which will include the establishment of a technologically integrated school system with the latest high-tech products and services available to both students and teachers. In line with the government vision to enhance the country’s IT standing and install a digital infrastructure, the Saudi market will present excellent opportunities for U.S. manufacturers/suppliers of: —DSL access switches, enabling multiservice transmission equipment. —Fiber-optic satellite links. —Wideband transceivers. —Network protocol software and systems. Additionally, there will be growth potential for PCs, notebook computers and IT accessories and services. Collectively, these product categories generated sales that reached $2.9 billion in 2009, including about $1 billion for IT services. Industry sources estimate that total spending on ICT products and services will reach $9.8 billion by 2013. Total U.S. goods exports to Saudi Arabia in 2009 were $10.8 billion. E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 7, 2010 / Notices Mission Goals The short term goals of the ICT trade mission to Saudi Arabia will be to: (1) Introduce U.S. companies to potential joint-venture partners, distributors, and other industry representatives, and, (2) Introduce U.S. companies to industry and government officials in Saudi Arabia for an update on various opportunities and government projects as well as any relevant government regulations Mission Scenario In Riyadh, the U.S. mission members will be presented with a briefing by the U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Commercial Affairs, the Senior April 2 ............... April 3 ............... April 4 ............... April 5 ............... April 6 ............... wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 • Pre-travel briefings on subjects ranging from business practices in Saudi Arabia to security; • Pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners, distributors, end users and local industry contacts in Riyadh and Jeddah; • Meetings with CS Saudi Arabia’s ICT industry specialists in Riyadh and Jeddah; and • Networking reception in Jeddah. Proposed Mission Timetable Mission participants will be encouraged to arrive April 2, 2011 and the mission program will proceed from April 3 through April 5, 2010. Arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Market briefings by U.S. Embassy Riyadh and Saudi Government officials One-on-one business matchmaking appointments. Jeddah. Travel to Jeddah. Networking reception. Jeddah. Market briefings by U.S. Consulate Officials. One-on-one business matchmaking appointments. Debriefing with DOC officials. Depart Jeddah. Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the ICT Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia must complete and submit an application 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 12 and a maximum of 15 companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business in Saudi Arabia as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter the market for the first time are encouraged to apply. Fees and Expenses After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee will be $3,453 for large firms and $2,758 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or small organization, which will cover one representative. An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see http://www.sba.gov/ services/contractingopportunities/size standardstopics/index.html). Parent companies, affiliates, and subsidiaries will be considered when determining VerDate Mar<15>2010 Commercial Specialist for the ICT sector and other key U.S. Government and corporate officials. Participants will also take part in business matchmaking appointments with Saudi key organizations. In Jeddah, participants will receive a market briefing by the Senior Commercial Specialist for ICT sector at the U.S. Consulate, and they will participate in one-on-one business matchmaking appointments. In addition, they will attend a networking reception. U.S. participants will be counseled before and after the mission by the domestic mission coordinator on logistics and travel. Participation in the mission will include the following: 54301 15:24 Sep 03, 2010 Jkt 220001 business size. The dual pricing reflects the Commercial Service’s user fee schedule that became effective May 1, 2008 (see http://www.export.gov/news letter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information). The fee for each additional firm representative (large firm or SME) is $500. Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. 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 U.S. 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 fifty-one percent U.S. content. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Selection Criteria for Participation Selection will be based on the following criteria: • Suitability of a company’s products or services to the mission’s goals. • Applicant’s potential for business in Saudi Arabia, including likelihood of exports resulting from the trade mission. • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the trade mission. • Diversity of sector participation. Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review process. 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, including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce Department trade mission calendar (http://www.ita.doc.gov/ doctm/tmcal.html) and other Internet web sites, press releases to general and trade media, direct mail, notices by industry trade associations and other E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1 54302 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 7, 2010 / Notices multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than January 31, 2011. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review all applications immediately after the deadline. We will inform applicants of selection decisions as soon as possible after January 31, 2011. Applications received after that date will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Contacts U.S. Commercial Service Domestic Contact: Natalia Susak, Phone: 202–482–4423, Fax: 202–482–9000, E-mail: Natalia.Susak@trade.gov. U.S. Commercial Service Saudi Arabia Contacts: Ahmed Khayyat, Phone: 966/1/488– 3800 x 4441, Fax: 966/1/488–3237, E-mail: ahmed.khayyat@trade.gov. Natalia Susak, Trade Promotion Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program. [FR Doc. 2010–22135 Filed 9–3–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–968] Aluminum Extrusions From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China (the PRC). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ‘‘Suspension of Liquidation’’ section of this notice. DATES: Effective Date: September 7, 2010. wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with NOTICES_PART 1 AGENCY: Eric B. Greynolds, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4014, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202–482–6071. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:24 Sep 03, 2010 Jkt 220001 Case History On March 31, 2010, the Department received the petition filed in proper form by the petitioners.1 The Department initiated the investigation on April 20, 2010. See Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 75 FR 22114 (April 27, 2010) (Initiation), and accompanying Initiation Checklist.2 On May 18, 2010, the Department of Commerce (the Department) selected the following firms as mandatory respondents in this countervailing duty (CVD) investigation: Dragonluxe Limited (Dragonluxe), Miland Luck Limited (Miland), and Liaoyang Zhongwang Aluminum Profile Co. Ltd./ Liaoning Zhongwang Group (collectively, the Zhongwang Group) and concurrently issued to them, as well as the Government of China (GOC), the initial questionnaire.3 We confirmed that the three mandatory respondents received the CVD questionnaire.4 Responses were due on June 24, 2010. However, the June 24, 2010, deadline passed with none of the mandatory respondents submitting a questionnaire response or requesting an extension. The Department received requests for individual examination on a voluntary basis. On May 6, 2010, we received a request for treatment as a voluntary respondent from Zhaoqing New Zhongya Aluminum Co., Ltd. (New Zhongya), Zhongya Shaped Aluminum HK Holding Ltd. (Zhongya HK), and Karlton Aluminum Company Ltd. (Karlton) (collectively the Zhongya Companies), Chinese producers of subject merchandise. On May 26, 2010, Guang Ya Aluminum Industries Co., Ltd. (Guang Ya), Foshan Guangcheng Aluminum Co., Ltd. (Guangcheng), Guang Ya Aluminum Industries Hong Kong (Guang Ya HK), Kong Ah 1 Petitioners are Aluminum Extrusion Fair Trade Committee: Aerolite Extrusion Company; Alexandria Extrusions Company; Beneda Aluminum of Florida, Inc.; William L. Bonnell Company, Inc.; Frontier Aluminum Corporation; Futura Industries Corporation; Hydro Aluminum North American Inc.; Kaiser Aluminum Corporation; Profile Extrusion Company; Sapa Extrusions, Inc.; Western Extrusions Corporation; and the United Steel, Paper, and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union. 2 Public and public versions of Departmental memoranda referenced in this Notice are on file in the Central Records Unit (CRU), Room 1117 in the main building of the Commerce Department. 3 See Memorandum to John M. Andersen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Respondent Selection,’’ (May 18, 2010). 4 See Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Confirmation of Delivery of Initial Questionnaire to Firms Selected As Mandatory Respondents,’’ (June 4, 2010) (Delivery of Questionnaire Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 International Company Limited (Kong Ah), and Yongji Guanghai Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd. (Guanghai) (collectively the Guang Ya Companies), producers of subject merchandise, requested treatment as a voluntary respondent. In response to requests from the Zhongya and Guang Ya Companies, on June 21 and 22, 2010, we extended, by two weeks, the deadline for the submission of questionnaire responses by these companies to July 8, 2010. Both the Zhongya and Guang Ya Companies submitted questionnaire responses on July 8, 2010. On June 21, 2010, the Department postponed the deadline for the preliminary determination until August 30, 2010. See Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation, 75 FR 34982 (June 21, 2010). On July 8, 2010, petitioners’ submitted new subsidy allegations regarding the Zhongya and Guang Ya Companies. On July 21, 2010, the Department selected the Zhongya and Guang Ya Companies as voluntary respondents. See the Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, ‘‘Acceptance of Requests for Treatment As Voluntary Respondents’’ (July 21, 2010) (Voluntary Respondent Selection Memorandum), a public document on file in room 1117 of the CRU. In addition, because Dragonluxe, Miland, and the Zhongwang Group did not submit responses to the Department’s initial questionnaire, we found the firms to be non-cooperative, mandatory respondents. Id. On July 21, 2010, we postponed the GOC’s deadline for submitting a response to the Department’s May 18, 2010, initial questionnaire until August 4, 2010. We subsequently extended the deadline until August 9, 2010. The GOC submitted its initial questionnaire response on August 9, 2010. On July 21, 2010, we also issued supplemental questionnaires to the Zhongya Companies, the Guang Ya Companies, and the GOC. We issued addenda to these supplemental questionnaires on July 28, 2010. The Zhongya and Guang Ya companies submitted responses to the supplemental questionnaires on August 6 and August 9, 2010, respectively. The GOC submitted its supplemental questionnaire response on August 4 and August 9, 2010. The GOC and the Zhonga and Guang Ya companies submitted their responses to the E:\FR\FM\07SEN1.SGM 07SEN1

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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Energy and Infrastructure Mission to Saudi Arabia

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS) is organizing 
an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) trade mission to 
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, April 2-5, 2011. Led by a senior 
Department of Commerce official, the mission to Saudi Arabia is 
intended to include representatives from a variety of U.S. ICT industry 
suppliers and service providers. This trade mission will introduce 
suppliers of information technology (IT) and communication products and 
services to potential buyers and allow them to explore new business 
opportunities. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, 
rather than traveling to Saudi Arabia independently, will enhance the 
companies' ability to secure meetings with potential buyers, 
distributors, partners and industry officials in Saudi Arabia. The 
mission will include appointments, briefings and a networking reception 
in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's primary ICT hubs. Trade mission 
participants will have the opportunity to interact with Commercial 
Service (CS) specialists covering the ICT industries to discuss 
industry developments, opportunities, and sales strategies.

Commercial Setting

    Saudi Arabia is the largest IT market in the Arabian Gulf, 
estimated at $3.7 billion in 2010. The Communication and Information 
Technology Commission (CITC), the Saudi government regulatory agency, 
revealed that spending on ICT reached $5.96 billion in 2009, is 
expected to reach at $7 billion in 2010, and projected to grow to $9.8 
billion by 2013. The impact of the global economic downturn on the 
country has been offset by business organizations' growing interest in 
technology solutions, which boost efficiency and productivity. The 
Saudi market will continue to be a lucrative market for high-tech 
products and services over the next few years, supported by increased 
government spending to upgrade the country's IT and communications 
infrastructure. Additionally, the government's urban development 
initiative to establish new economic cities, airports, universities and 
other infrastructure projects will also stimulate growth in the ICT 
sector. Other major factors that will influence ICT sector growth 
include:
     A young population, which is highly technology-oriented. 
According to the CIA World Factbook, the percentage of population under 
the age of 14 is 38%.
     One of the world's lowest Internet penetration levels, 
providing for a good growth potential.
    The latest industry figures revealed that there were approximately 
ten million internet users as of the third quarter in 2009, about 34% 
of the total population, with a broadband penetration level of 8%.
    Industry sources expect sales of hardware to grow annually at an 
average of 7% over the next three years, while the market for IT 
services will grow an average of 9% during the same period. According 
to some estimates, per capita IT spending will reach $173 by 2014, as 
personal computer (PC) penetration rises to more than 30%. The number 
of PCs sold in 2009 was 2.1 million units, and is expected to grow to 
7.2 million units in 2014.

Industry Developments

    The Saudi government continues to prioritize the development and 
accessibility of the latest ICT products and services. One of the Saudi 
Shoura Council's (Saudi Parliament) strategic objectives is to raise 
the IT sector's contribution to GDP from the current 4% to 20% by 2020. 
The Council aims to raise broadband penetration from 8% to 23% by 2013. 
Despite the economic downturn in 2009, the Saudi government pressed 
ahead with its ambitious e-government plan and IT projects. The 
government launched a $3.1 billion plan to improve the education 
system, by equipping schools to keep pace with scientific and 
technological activities, which will include the establishment of a 
technologically integrated school system with the latest high-tech 
products and services available to both students and teachers. In line 
with the government vision to enhance the country's IT standing and 
install a digital infrastructure, the Saudi market will present 
excellent opportunities for U.S. manufacturers/suppliers of:

--DSL access switches, enabling multi-service transmission equipment.
--Fiber-optic satellite links.
--Wideband transceivers.
--Network protocol software and systems.

    Additionally, there will be growth potential for PCs, notebook 
computers and IT accessories and services. Collectively, these product 
categories generated sales that reached $2.9 billion in 2009, including 
about $1 billion for IT services. Industry sources estimate that total 
spending on ICT products and services will reach $9.8 billion by 2013.
    Total U.S. goods exports to Saudi Arabia in 2009 were $10.8 
billion.

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Mission Goals

    The short term goals of the ICT trade mission to Saudi Arabia will 
be to:
    (1) Introduce U.S. companies to potential joint-venture partners, 
distributors, and other industry representatives, and,
    (2) Introduce U.S. companies to industry and government officials 
in Saudi Arabia for an update on various opportunities and government 
projects as well as any relevant government regulations

Mission Scenario

    In Riyadh, the U.S. mission members will be presented with a 
briefing by the U.S. Embassy's Counselor for Commercial Affairs, the 
Senior Commercial Specialist for the ICT sector and other key U.S. 
Government and corporate officials. Participants will also take part in 
business matchmaking appointments with Saudi key organizations.
    In Jeddah, participants will receive a market briefing by the 
Senior Commercial Specialist for ICT sector at the U.S. Consulate, and 
they will participate in one-on-one business matchmaking appointments. 
In addition, they will attend a networking reception.
    U.S. participants will be counseled before and after the mission by 
the domestic mission coordinator on logistics and travel. Participation 
in the mission will include the following:
     Pre-travel briefings on subjects ranging from business 
practices in Saudi Arabia to security;
     Pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners, 
distributors, end users and local industry contacts in Riyadh and 
Jeddah;
     Meetings with CS Saudi Arabia's ICT industry specialists 
in Riyadh and Jeddah; and
     Networking reception in Jeddah.

Proposed Mission Timetable

    Mission participants will be encouraged to arrive April 2, 2011 and 
the mission program will proceed from April 3 through April 5, 2010.

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April 2..................  Arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
April 3..................  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
                           Market briefings by U.S. Embassy Riyadh and
                            Saudi Government officials One-on-one
                            business matchmaking appointments.
April 4..................  Jeddah.
                           Travel to Jeddah.
                           Networking reception.
April 5..................  Jeddah.
                           Market briefings by U.S. Consulate Officials.
                           One-on-one business matchmaking appointments.
                           Debriefing with DOC officials.
April 6..................  Depart Jeddah.
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Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the ICT Trade Mission to 
Saudi Arabia must complete and submit an application 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 12 and a maximum of 15 
companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the 
applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business in Saudi Arabia 
as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter the market for the first 
time are encouraged to apply.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a 
payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation 
fee is required. The participation fee will be $3,453 for large firms 
and $2,758 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or small 
organization, which will cover one representative.
    An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that 
otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see 
http://www.sba.gov/services/contractingopportunities/sizestandardstopics/index.html). 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 http://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information).
    The fee for each additional firm representative (large firm or SME) 
is $500.
    Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be 
the responsibility of each mission participant.

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 U.S. 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 fifty-one percent U.S. content.

Selection Criteria for Participation

    Selection will be based on the following criteria:
     Suitability of a company's products or services to the 
mission's goals.
     Applicant's potential for business in Saudi Arabia, 
including likelihood of exports resulting from the trade mission.
     Consistency of the applicant's goals and objectives with 
the stated scope of the trade mission.
     Diversity of sector participation.
    Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, 
location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review 
process.
    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, 
including publication in the Federal Register, posting on the Commerce 
Department trade mission calendar (http://www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/tmcal.html) and other Internet web sites, press releases to general and 
trade media, direct mail, notices by industry trade associations and 
other

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multiplier groups, and publicity at industry meetings, symposia, 
conferences, and trade shows.
    Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no 
later than January 31, 2011. The U.S. Department of Commerce will 
review all applications immediately after the deadline. We will inform 
applicants of selection decisions as soon as possible after January 31, 
2011. Applications received after that date will be considered only if 
space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contacts

U.S. Commercial Service Domestic Contact:
    Natalia Susak, Phone: 202-482-4423, Fax: 202-482-9000, E-mail: 
Natalia.Susak@trade.gov.
U.S. Commercial Service Saudi Arabia Contacts:
    Ahmed Khayyat, Phone: 966/1/488-3800 x 4441, Fax: 966/1/488-3237, 
E-mail: ahmed.khayyat@trade.gov.

Natalia Susak,
Trade Promotion Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program.
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