Trade Mission to South Africa, 14920-14922 [2011-5993]

Download as PDF 14920 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 53 / Friday, March 18, 2011 / Notices liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s assumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. This notice is issued and published in accordance with section 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: March 14, 2011. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2011–6456 Filed 3–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Trade Mission to South Africa International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service is organizing a Trade Mission to South Africa September 19–23, 2011, to help U.S. firms find business partners and help export equipment and services in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Targeted sectors are: • Sustainable and Efficient Energy Technologies, Equipment and Products. • Electrical generating equipment. • Renewable energy technologies. • Clean coal technology. • Transmission and distribution equipment and technology. • Energy efficiency building technologies and products. • Productivity Enhancing Agricultural Technologies and Equipment. • Crop production equipment and machinery. • Irrigation equipment and technology. • Crop storage and handling. • Precision farming technologies. • Educational Services and Skills Development. • Training and education services and systems. • Educational and training franchises. • Educational materials. Although focused on the sectors above, the mission also will consider VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:30 Mar 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 participation from companies in other appropriate sectors as space permits. This mission will be led by a senior Department of Commerce Official and will include business-to-business matchmaking with local companies, market briefings, and meetings with key government officials. Commercial Setting South Africa represents the largest economy and most sophisticated and diversified industrial and services sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent reports show the economy recovering well from the recent global recession. Projections are for economic growth in gross domestic product (GDP) to average five percent for the next decades as the country continues to develop. Sectors such as energy, health care, agriculture, vehicles, processed foods, and others are poised for solid growth in South Africa. The country also stands to benefit from rapid growth anticipated in many of its Sub-Saharan African trading partners, where South African-based companies have strong market prospects. In 2009, total U.S.-South Africa trade was $10.3 billion, a significant decrease from 2008 levels of $16.4 billion. However, 2010 trade figures for January to September show growth in trade of over 40 percent above corresponding 2009 levels and indicate a strong recovery in U.S. exports to the country. Leading U.S. exports are machinery, vehicles, aircraft, chemicals, IT equipment and services. Best Prospects in Mission Targeted Sectors Energy State-owned utility Eskom produces about 95 percent of the electricity used in South Africa and about 60 percent of the electricity generated on the African continent. Its operations incorporate power generation, transmission and distribution. Although Eskom has a total of 24 power stations in commission, with a total generating capacity of 42,011 MW, this has proved inadequate for the current electricity demand. Eskom is building additional power stations and power lines on a massive scale to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. Eskom’s capacity expansion budget is $56 billion (R385 billion) up to 2013 and is expected to grow to more than R1 trillion ($144 billion) by 2026. It plans to double capacity to 80,000 MW by 2026. Since 2005 Eskom commissioned projects totaling an additional 4,454 MW and plans to deliver an additional 16,304 MW in power station capacity by 2017. This creates opportunities for U.S. firms PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 to provide products, services and the latest clean coal technologies to the South African energy market. According to the South African Government, 30 percent of all new power generation will be the responsibility of independent power producers (IPPs). In response to South Africa’s plans to limit its CO2 emissions to below 275 million tons by 2025, Eskom, still the single buyer of all privately produced generation capacity, is studying the integration of solar generation from the Northern Cape Province, including its own World Bank supported Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project, into the grid. The focus is to connect the first 1,000 MW, which could be introduced by 2016. Eskom is already rolling out plans for a 400-kV transmission system in the area. The country’s power supply shortfall has accelerated the need to diversify Eskom’s energy mix and its move towards alternative energy sources, including various forms of renewable energy. The South African Department of Energy (DoE) recently released the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2010) for public comment. The IRP calls for diversifying sources of power and will call for renewable energy sources to supply 16 percent and nuclear sources to supply 14 percent of power by 2030. In addition, detailed work is currently under way to determine a range of nearterm electricity demand-reduction options that could yield the equivalent of some 5,000 MW and help stabilize the South African system between now and 2016. Specific opportunities include renewable-energy generation, cogeneration, own generation, municipal generation and other independent power producer programs. As part of its financial restructuring and capital expansion program, Eskom has received authorization to increase electricity prices to consumers by an average of 25 percent per year for the next three years, and will seek additional increases for the following several years. The effect of steadily rising energy costs for industry and consumers will be to create market opportunities for a wide range of energy saving technologies ranging from energy efficient building products, lighting, heating and air conditioning, metering, and similar products and technologies. Agricultural Equipment South Africa has by far the most modern, productive and diverse agricultural economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a net exporter of agricultural and food products and is self sufficient in food products. South Africa offers U.S. exporters of agricultural equipment E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 14921 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 53 / Friday, March 18, 2011 / Notices and technology a wide range of opportunities. The country’s annual agricultural equipment market is estimated at approximately US$919 million. Tractor sales constitute 60 percent of the total agricultural equipment market followed by combine and baler sales. Five percent of all new agriculture equipment is being produced locally; 95 percent of all agriculture equipment and parts are being sourced from international markets, and at least 20 percent of new equipment and technologies are currently being sourced from the U.S. However, used equipment has limited market opportunities. Agriculture is a leading component of the South African economy, employing a million people, and agro-industrial activity amounts to about fifteen percent of GDP, with substantial growth potential. Although eighty percent of South Africa’s land is used for agriculture only 15 percent of that is arable, with the rest used for pastoral and other purposes. South Africa’s recent broad-based agriculture empowerment charter (AgriBEE) aims to boost land reforms and black ownership of farmland to 30 percent by 2014. With the implementation of AgriBEE creating new land owners from previously disadvantaged communities, mission participants will have an opportunity to explore new emerging market opportunities for equipment and technology. Educational Materials and Services Many of South Africa’s universities are world-class academic institutions, at the cutting edge of research in certain spheres such as mining and engineering. At about 5.3 percent of GDP and 20 percent of total state expenditure, South Africa has one of the highest rates of public investment in education in world terms. However, there are still huge imbalances in education in the country. The greatest challenges lie in the poorer, rural provinces like the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. One of the country’s greatest challenges is persistent unemployment as it grapples with the effects of a large unskilled labor force. For that reason, improving education and skills development are priorities for the government. There is potential for U.S. companies offering training programs that will address the serious shortage of skilled labor force in sectors such as hospitality, utilities, construction, and transportation. On the business skills area, there is a need for programs that offer job skills assessment systems which help employers select, hire, train and develop prospective employees. Other opportunities include ‘‘learning centers’’ franchises, focusing on afterschool care and tuition, both for primary and secondary students/learners, in the areas of arithmetic, math and science respectively. Franchising opportunities also exist for adult learning centers, given the large number of people with gaps in their formal education, in the area of languages, computer training, and general business skills. Mission Goals The goal of the South Africa Trade Mission is to provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, oneon-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and partners so they can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the South African market. South Africa, with its well developed business and financial sector, its indigenous multinational enterprises, substantial foreign investment, and well developed infrastructure, is often seen as the point of access to develop markets throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Subject to prior consultation and confirmations, mission participants will have the opportunity to explore contacts with local firms active in the region and will have the option of extending their stay for additional business development activities in South Africa or meetings in neighboring countries. Mission Scenario The South Africa Mission will visit both Johannesburg and Cape Town, allowing participants to access the two largest markets and business centers in the country. In each city, participants will meet with new business contacts. PROPOSED TIMETABLE Date Activity Sunday ............................................................... Monday .............................................................. Sept. 18 ............................................................ Sept. 19, Johannesburg ................................... Tuesday ............................................................. Wednesday ........................................................ Sept. 20, Johannesburg ................................... Sept. 21, Travel to Cape Town ........................ Thursday ............................................................ Sept. 22, Cape Town ....................................... Arrive in Johannesburg. Mission Meetings Officially Start. Breakfast briefing with U.S. Embassy Staff. One-on-one business appointments. Evening business reception. One-on-one business appointments continue. Briefing by Cape Town Consulate Staff. One-on-one business meetings. Evening business reception. One-on-one business appointments continue. Mission Officially Ends. *Note: The final schedule and potential site visits will depend on the availability of local government and business officials, specific goals of mission participants, and air travel schedules. Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Day of week companies already doing business in the target markets as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter these markets for the first time are encouraged to apply. Fees and Expenses Participation Requirements All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. The mission is designed for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 companies to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:30 Mar 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a participation fee to the U.S. Department of Commerce is required. The participation fee for one representative is $2,125 for a small or medium-sized PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 enterprise (SME) 1 and $2,565 for large firms. The fee for each additional firm representative (SME or large) is $450. Expenses for travel, lodging, some 1 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/contractingopportunities/owners/ basics/whatismallbusiness/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. E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 14922 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 53 / Friday, March 18, 2011 / Notices only if space and scheduling constraints permit. 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 51 percent U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service. Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Selection for Participation • Suitability of the company’s products or services to the mission goals. • Applicant’s potential for business in South Africa, including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission. • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission. Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, location, and demographics, may also be considered during the selection 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. Selection Timeline 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.trade.gov/trademissions/—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. Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on July 18, 2011. Applications received after 11:59 p.m. on July 18, 2011, will be considered VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:30 Mar 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 Contacts Teresa Yung, International Trade Specialist, Global Trade Programs, U.S. Commercial Service, Washington, DC 20230, Tel: 202–482– 5496, Fax: 202–482–9000, E-mail: teresa.yung@trade.gov. Larry Farris, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tel: +55–11 290–3316, Fax: +55–11 884–0538, E-mail: larry.farris @trade.gov. Teresa Yung, Global Trade Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program. [FR Doc. 2011–5993 Filed 3–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA303 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. 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However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue an EFP. Regulations under the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 4, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: NERO.EFP@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on CFFI flounder bycatch EFP.’’ • Mail: Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Comments on CFFI flounder bycatch EFP.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Biegel, Fisheries Management Specialist, 978–281–9112. 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[Notices]
[Pages 14920-14922]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-5993]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Trade Mission to South Africa

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 is organizing a 
Trade Mission to South Africa September 19-23, 2011, to help U.S. firms 
find business partners and help export equipment and services in 
Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
    Targeted sectors are:
     Sustainable and Efficient Energy Technologies, Equipment 
and Products.
     Electrical generating equipment.
     Renewable energy technologies.
     Clean coal technology.
     Transmission and distribution equipment and technology.
     Energy efficiency building technologies and products.
     Productivity Enhancing Agricultural Technologies and 
Equipment.
     Crop production equipment and machinery.
     Irrigation equipment and technology.
     Crop storage and handling.
     Precision farming technologies.
     Educational Services and Skills Development.
     Training and education services and systems.
     Educational and training franchises.
     Educational materials.
    Although focused on the sectors above, the mission also will 
consider participation from companies in other appropriate sectors as 
space permits.
    This mission will be led by a senior Department of Commerce 
Official and will include business-to-business matchmaking with local 
companies, market briefings, and meetings with key government 
officials.

Commercial Setting

    South Africa represents the largest economy and most sophisticated 
and diversified industrial and services sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
Recent reports show the economy recovering well from the recent global 
recession. Projections are for economic growth in gross domestic 
product (GDP) to average five percent for the next decades as the 
country continues to develop. Sectors such as energy, health care, 
agriculture, vehicles, processed foods, and others are poised for solid 
growth in South Africa. The country also stands to benefit from rapid 
growth anticipated in many of its Sub-Saharan African trading partners, 
where South African-based companies have strong market prospects. In 
2009, total U.S.-South Africa trade was $10.3 billion, a significant 
decrease from 2008 levels of $16.4 billion. However, 2010 trade figures 
for January to September show growth in trade of over 40 percent above 
corresponding 2009 levels and indicate a strong recovery in U.S. 
exports to the country. Leading U.S. exports are machinery, vehicles, 
aircraft, chemicals, IT equipment and services.

Best Prospects in Mission Targeted Sectors

Energy

    State-owned utility Eskom produces about 95 percent of the 
electricity used in South Africa and about 60 percent of the 
electricity generated on the African continent. Its operations 
incorporate power generation, transmission and distribution. Although 
Eskom has a total of 24 power stations in commission, with a total 
generating capacity of 42,011 MW, this has proved inadequate for the 
current electricity demand.
    Eskom is building additional power stations and power lines on a 
massive scale to meet rising electricity demand in South Africa. 
Eskom's capacity expansion budget is $56 billion (R385 billion) up to 
2013 and is expected to grow to more than R1 trillion ($144 billion) by 
2026. It plans to double capacity to 80,000 MW by 2026. Since 2005 
Eskom commissioned projects totaling an additional 4,454 MW and plans 
to deliver an additional 16,304 MW in power station capacity by 2017. 
This creates opportunities for U.S. firms to provide products, services 
and the latest clean coal technologies to the South African energy 
market.
    According to the South African Government, 30 percent of all new 
power generation will be the responsibility of independent power 
producers (IPPs). In response to South Africa's plans to limit its 
CO2 emissions to below 275 million tons by 2025, Eskom, 
still the single buyer of all privately produced generation capacity, 
is studying the integration of solar generation from the Northern Cape 
Province, including its own World Bank supported Concentrating Solar 
Power (CSP) project, into the grid. The focus is to connect the first 
1,000 MW, which could be introduced by 2016. Eskom is already rolling 
out plans for a 400-kV transmission system in the area.
    The country's power supply shortfall has accelerated the need to 
diversify Eskom's energy mix and its move towards alternative energy 
sources, including various forms of renewable energy. The South African 
Department of Energy (DoE) recently released the Integrated Resource 
Plan (IRP 2010) for public comment. The IRP calls for diversifying 
sources of power and will call for renewable energy sources to supply 
16 percent and nuclear sources to supply 14 percent of power by 2030. 
In addition, detailed work is currently under way to determine a range 
of near-term electricity demand-reduction options that could yield the 
equivalent of some 5,000 MW and help stabilize the South African system 
between now and 2016. Specific opportunities include renewable-energy 
generation, cogeneration, own generation, municipal generation and 
other independent power producer programs.
    As part of its financial restructuring and capital expansion 
program, Eskom has received authorization to increase electricity 
prices to consumers by an average of 25 percent per year for the next 
three years, and will seek additional increases for the following 
several years. The effect of steadily rising energy costs for industry 
and consumers will be to create market opportunities for a wide range 
of energy saving technologies ranging from energy efficient building 
products, lighting, heating and air conditioning, metering, and similar 
products and technologies.

Agricultural Equipment

    South Africa has by far the most modern, productive and diverse 
agricultural economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a net exporter of 
agricultural and food products and is self sufficient in food products. 
South Africa offers U.S. exporters of agricultural equipment

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and technology a wide range of opportunities. The country's annual 
agricultural equipment market is estimated at approximately US$919 
million. Tractor sales constitute 60 percent of the total agricultural 
equipment market followed by combine and baler sales. Five percent of 
all new agriculture equipment is being produced locally; 95 percent of 
all agriculture equipment and parts are being sourced from 
international markets, and at least 20 percent of new equipment and 
technologies are currently being sourced from the U.S. However, used 
equipment has limited market opportunities.
    Agriculture is a leading component of the South African economy, 
employing a million people, and agro-industrial activity amounts to 
about fifteen percent of GDP, with substantial growth potential. 
Although eighty percent of South Africa's land is used for agriculture 
only 15 percent of that is arable, with the rest used for pastoral and 
other purposes. South Africa's recent broad-based agriculture 
empowerment charter (AgriBEE) aims to boost land reforms and black 
ownership of farmland to 30 percent by 2014. With the implementation of 
AgriBEE creating new land owners from previously disadvantaged 
communities, mission participants will have an opportunity to explore 
new emerging market opportunities for equipment and technology.

Educational Materials and Services

    Many of South Africa's universities are world-class academic 
institutions, at the cutting edge of research in certain spheres such 
as mining and engineering. At about 5.3 percent of GDP and 20 percent 
of total state expenditure, South Africa has one of the highest rates 
of public investment in education in world terms. However, there are 
still huge imbalances in education in the country. The greatest 
challenges lie in the poorer, rural provinces like the Eastern Cape and 
KwaZulu-Natal. One of the country's greatest challenges is persistent 
unemployment as it grapples with the effects of a large unskilled labor 
force. For that reason, improving education and skills development are 
priorities for the government.
    There is potential for U.S. companies offering training programs 
that will address the serious shortage of skilled labor force in 
sectors such as hospitality, utilities, construction, and 
transportation. On the business skills area, there is a need for 
programs that offer job skills assessment systems which help employers 
select, hire, train and develop prospective employees. Other 
opportunities include ``learning centers'' franchises, focusing on 
after-school care and tuition, both for primary and secondary students/
learners, in the areas of arithmetic, math and science respectively. 
Franchising opportunities also exist for adult learning centers, given 
the large number of people with gaps in their formal education, in the 
area of languages, computer training, and general business skills.

Mission Goals

    The goal of the South Africa Trade Mission is to provide U.S. 
participants with first-hand market information, one-on-one meetings 
with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and 
partners so they can position themselves to enter or expand their 
presence in the South African market. South Africa, with its well 
developed business and financial sector, its indigenous multinational 
enterprises, substantial foreign investment, and well developed 
infrastructure, is often seen as the point of access to develop markets 
throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Subject to prior consultation and 
confirmations, mission participants will have the opportunity to 
explore contacts with local firms active in the region and will have 
the option of extending their stay for additional business development 
activities in South Africa or meetings in neighboring countries.

Mission Scenario

    The South Africa Mission will visit both Johannesburg and Cape 
Town, allowing participants to access the two largest markets and 
business centers in the country. In each city, participants will meet 
with new business contacts.

                           Proposed Timetable
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           Day of week                   Date              Activity
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Sunday..........................  Sept. 18..........  Arrive in
                                                       Johannesburg.
Monday..........................  Sept. 19,           Mission Meetings
                                   Johannesburg.       Officially Start.
                                                      Breakfast briefing
                                                       with U.S. Embassy
                                                       Staff.
                                                      One-on-one
                                                       business
                                                       appointments.
                                                      Evening business
                                                       reception.
Tuesday.........................  Sept. 20,           One-on-one
                                   Johannesburg.       business
                                                       appointments
                                                       continue.
Wednesday.......................  Sept. 21, Travel    Briefing by Cape
                                   to Cape Town.       Town Consulate
                                                       Staff.
                                                      One-on-one
                                                       business
                                                       meetings.
                                                      Evening business
                                                       reception.
Thursday........................  Sept. 22, Cape      One-on-one
                                   Town.               business
                                                       appointments
                                                       continue.
                                                      Mission Officially
                                                       Ends.
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    *Note: The final schedule and potential site visits will depend 
on the availability of local government and business officials, 
specific goals of mission participants, and air travel schedules.

Participation Requirements

    All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain 
conditions and best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. 
The mission is designed for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20 
companies 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 these markets for the first time are 
encouraged to apply.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a 
participation fee to the U.S. Department of Commerce is required. The 
participation fee for one representative is $2,125 for a small or 
medium-sized enterprise (SME) \1\ and $2,565 for large firms. The fee 
for each additional firm representative (SME or large) is $450. 
Expenses for travel, lodging, some

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meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission 
participant.
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    \1\ 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/contractingopportunities/owners/basics/whatismallbusiness/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.
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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 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 51 percent U.S. content of the value of the finished 
product or service.

Selection for Participation

     Suitability of the company's products or services to the 
mission goals.
     Applicant's potential for business in South Africa, 
including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission.
     Consistency of the applicant's goals and objectives with 
the stated scope of the mission.
    Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, 
location, and demographics, may also be considered during the selection 
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.

Selection Timeline

    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.trade.gov/trade-missions/
--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.
    Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately, and conclude at 
11:59 p.m. on July 18, 2011. Applications received after 11:59 p.m. on 
July 18, 2011, will be considered only if space and scheduling 
constraints permit.

Contacts

Teresa Yung, International Trade Specialist, Global Trade Programs, 
U.S. Commercial Service, Washington, DC 20230, Tel: 202-482-5496, Fax: 
202-482-9000, E-mail: teresa.yung@trade.gov.
Larry Farris, Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Consulate, Johannesburg, 
South Africa, Tel: +55-11 290-3316, Fax: +55-11 884-0538, E-mail: 
larry.farris@trade.gov.

Teresa Yung,
Global Trade Programs, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program.
[FR Doc. 2011-5993 Filed 3-17-11; 8:45 am]
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