Executive-led Business Development Mission to Kabul, Afghanistan, 65498-65500 [2011-27302]

Download as PDF 65498 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices deposits for Essar at the current rate of 22.19 percent. position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the targeted sectors. Assessment of Duties Commercial Setting In accordance with the CIT’s order, CBP shall assess countervailing duties on all appropriate entries covered by these amended final results. The Department intends to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of these amended final results in the Federal Register. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) is taking steps to develop its market economy and increase both domestic and foreign private investment. GIRoA continues to develop legal and administrative regulatory frameworks that will lead to a market more conducive to trade, investment and private sector development. For example, Afghanistan adopted an investment law that allows investments to be 100% foreign-owned. Additionally, on October 28, 2010, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), allowing Afghan container trucks to drive through Pakistan to the Indian border, and also to port cities such as Karachi. After of 30 years of war require reconstruction and development efforts are required to grow and stabilize Afghanistan’s economy. The GIRoA is committed to promoting economic development, increasing production and earnings, promoting technology transfer, improving national prosperity and advancing Afghans’ standard of living in partnership with international donor agencies. GIRoA recognizes that U.S. services, equipment and technology would enhance development of Afghanistan’s industrial sector and lead to increased productivity and greater technical skills for Afghan citizens. International donors continue to support Afghanistan’s development; however, long-term sustainable growth will take place through private sector development. To support Afghanistan’s private sector and promote reconstruction efforts, GIRoA has identified domestic priority sectors needing investment and development in both equipment and services. These priority sectors are: construction and infrastructure, logistics and transportation, mining, agribusiness, and information and communications technology providers. The economy is beginning to move from one based on state owned enterprises and the informal economy to a more formal market economy. A notable sign of this transition for the U.S. business community is the establishment of an American Chamber of Commerce in Kabul in 2010. Notification We are issuing and publishing these amended final results of administrative review in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Dated: October 17, 2011. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–27292 Filed 10–20–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Executive-led Business Development Mission to Kabul, Afghanistan International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is organizing a business development trade mission to Kabul, Afghanistan in September 2012. This mission will be led by a Senior Commerce Department official. Targeted sectors include: Construction (including engineering, architecture, transportation and logistics, and infrastructure); mining (including equipment, technology, and services); agribusiness; and information and communications technology. The mission’s goal is to help U.S. companies explore long-term business opportunities in Afghanistan and enhance U.S.-Afghan commercial relations by providing U.S. participants with firsthand market information, access to government decision makers as well as one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors, and partners, to Day One (weekend) ........................ Day Two .......................................... Day Three ....................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan, situated in Kabul Province. With a total metropolitan population of 2.6 million, it is also the largest city in Afghanistan. It is the commercial center for the country, with national Afghan businesses, associations, and GIRoA ministries maintaining a presence in Kabul. Afghanistan’s GDP per capita is approximately $500, and has experienced double digit growth in recent years. The Commerce Department has supported commercial and private sector development in Afghanistan since 2002, and posted a Senior Commercial Officer in Kabul in June 2010. Mission Goals The goal of the mission is to provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, access to government decision makers and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors, and partners, so that they can position themselves to enter the Afghan market or expand their business presence in Afghanistan. Thus, the mission seeks to: • Improve U.S. companies’ understanding of commercial opportunities in Afghanistan. • Facilitate business meetings between U.S. and Afghan businesses to promote the development of U.S. commercial opportunities in Afghanistan. • Introduce U.S. industry to the Afghan business community and government leaders. • Provide GIRoA policymakers with U.S. industry feedback on the direction of its commercial reforms. Mission Scenario The business development mission will take place in Kabul, Afghanistan. Participants will meet with Afghan leaders in the public and private sector, learn about the market by participating in Embassy briefings, and explore additional opportunities at networking receptions. Activities will include oneon-one meetings with pre-screened business prospects. (Note that the regular workweek in Afghanistan is Sunday through Thursday.) Proposed Timetable (The State Department will follow RSO procedure in reference to security within and around the mission event.) Travel Day—Depart U.S. on evening flight. Travel Day—Participants arrive in transit city (tbd) and overnight in pre-arranged departure from transit city. Travel Day. Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 204 / Friday, October 21, 2011 / Notices Day Four ......................................... Day Five .......................................... Day Six ............................................ Day Seven ...................................... Arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan (afternoon). Evening Event. Security Briefing. Market Briefing. One-on-One Business Appointments. Reception. Market Briefing. Industry Sector Briefing. Meetings with Government and Industry Officials. One-on-One Business Appointments. Reception. One-on-One Business Appointments (optional). Travel Day—Depart for the U.S. (evening). Travel Day—Arrive in U.S. (morning). Participation Requirements This business development mission is designed for a minimum of 10 qualified companies and can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants from the companies accepted. All parties interested in participating in this business development mission to Kabul, Afghanistan, must submit a completed application package [I’ve always wished that we would include a link to the application at this point] for consideration by the U.S. Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their ability to meet certain conditions and to best satisfy the selection criteria as outlined below. U.S. companies already doing business in the target sectors as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter this market for the first time are encouraged to apply. Fees and Expenses sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee is $4,800 for a single participant for a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME) 1 and $5,245 for a single participant for a large firm. Participants per company will be limited due to space constraints. The fee for each additional participant is $1,500. Applicants are encouraged to provide a clear business purpose and clarification of role of any additional participants proposed to participate in the mission. Interpretation services for official activities are included in the fee. Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant. Lodging and 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:11 Oct 20, 2011 65499 Jkt 226001 meals for each participant will cost approximately $150 USD per day. Conditions for Participation • An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including 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 application. • 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 the company’s products or services to the mission goals. • Applicant’s potential for business in Afghanistan. • Consistency of the applicant’s goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission. (Additional factors, such as diversity of company, size, type and location, may 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 will not be considered during the selection process. Timeframe For Recruitment and Applications Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including posting on the U.S. Department of Commerce trade missions PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 calendar—http://www.trade.gov/trademissions/—and other Internet Web sites, publication in domestic trade publications and association newsletters, direct outreach to the Department’s clients and distribution lists, publication in the Federal Register, and announcements at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade shows. Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than January 3, 2012, by the close of business. Applications received after January 3, 2012, will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Disclaimer, Security, and Transportation Business development mission members participate in the mission and undertake related travel at their own risk and are advised to obtain insurance accordingly. Any question regarding insurance coverage must be resolved by the participant. The U.S. Government does not make any representations or guarantees as to the safety or security of participants. Companies should consult the State Department’s travel warning for Afghanistan: http://travel.state.gov/ travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2121.html, http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/ tw/tw_2121.html. ITA will coordinate with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to arrange for transportation of the mission participants to and from the airport and lodging facilities. The primary venue for the mission has security measures in place. For More Information and an Application Packet Contact: U.S. Commercial Service Domestic Contact: Jessica Arnold, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Washington, DC, Tel.: 202–482–2026, afghanmission2011@trade.gov. 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AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before December 20, 2011. SUMMARY: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). 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In addition, NMFS must comply with the United States’ obligations under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). NMFS issues permits to fishing vessels and dealers in order to collect the information necessary to comply with domestic and international obligations, secure compliance with regulations, and disseminate necessary information. Current regulations at 50 CFR 635.4 require that vessels participating in commercial and recreational fisheries for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) and dealers purchasing Atlantic HMS from a vessel, obtain a Federal permit issued by NMFS. Current regulations at 50 CFR 300.182 require that individuals entering for consumption (importing into the Customs territory of the United States or the separate customs territory of a U.S. insular possession, for domestic use), exporting, or re-exporting consignments of bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna, swordfish, or frozen bigeye tuna obtain an HMS International Trade Permit (ITP) from NMFS. This action addresses the renewal of permit applications currently approved under information collection, including both vessel and dealer permits. Vessel permits include Atlantic tunas, HMS charter/headboats, HMS angling, swordfish (directed, incidental, and hand gear), sharks (directed and incidental), smoothhound sharks, and incidental HMS squid trawl permits. Dealer permits include swordfish, sharks, and Atlantic tunas dealer permits and the HMS ITP. II. Method of Collection Applications for Atlantic Tunas, HMS Angling, and HMS Charter/Headboat Vessel Permits may be submitted online at http://www.hmspermits.gov, mailed, or faxed. All other applications including dealer permits and other vessel permits must be mailed. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0327. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (request for extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 38,446. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 204 (Friday, October 21, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 65498-65500]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-27302]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Executive-led Business Development Mission to Kabul, Afghanistan

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    The United States Department of Commerce's International Trade 
Administration is organizing a business development trade mission to 
Kabul, Afghanistan in September 2012. This mission will be led by a 
Senior Commerce Department official. Targeted sectors include: 
Construction (including engineering, architecture, transportation and 
logistics, and infrastructure); mining (including equipment, 
technology, and services); agribusiness; and information and 
communications technology. The mission's goal is to help U.S. companies 
explore long-term business opportunities in Afghanistan and enhance 
U.S.-Afghan commercial relations by providing U.S. participants with 
firsthand market information, access to government decision makers as 
well as one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential 
agents, distributors, and partners, to position themselves to enter or 
expand their presence in the targeted sectors.

Commercial Setting

    The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) is 
taking steps to develop its market economy and increase both domestic 
and foreign private investment. GIRoA continues to develop legal and 
administrative regulatory frameworks that will lead to a market more 
conducive to trade, investment and private sector development. For 
example, Afghanistan adopted an investment law that allows investments 
to be 100% foreign-owned. Additionally, on October 28, 2010, 
Afghanistan and Pakistan signed the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade 
Agreement (APTTA), allowing Afghan container trucks to drive through 
Pakistan to the Indian border, and also to port cities such as Karachi.
    After of 30 years of war require reconstruction and development 
efforts are required to grow and stabilize Afghanistan's economy. The 
GIRoA is committed to promoting economic development, increasing 
production and earnings, promoting technology transfer, improving 
national prosperity and advancing Afghans' standard of living in 
partnership with international donor agencies. GIRoA recognizes that 
U.S. services, equipment and technology would enhance development of 
Afghanistan's industrial sector and lead to increased productivity and 
greater technical skills for Afghan citizens. International donors 
continue to support Afghanistan's development; however, long-term 
sustainable growth will take place through private sector development.
    To support Afghanistan's private sector and promote reconstruction 
efforts, GIRoA has identified domestic priority sectors needing 
investment and development in both equipment and services. These 
priority sectors are: construction and infrastructure, logistics and 
transportation, mining, agribusiness, and information and 
communications technology providers.
    The economy is beginning to move from one based on state owned 
enterprises and the informal economy to a more formal market economy. A 
notable sign of this transition for the U.S. business community is the 
establishment of an American Chamber of Commerce in Kabul in 2010.
    Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan, situated in Kabul Province. 
With a total metropolitan population of 2.6 million, it is also the 
largest city in Afghanistan. It is the commercial center for the 
country, with national Afghan businesses, associations, and GIRoA 
ministries maintaining a presence in Kabul. Afghanistan's GDP per 
capita is approximately $500, and has experienced double digit growth 
in recent years.
    The Commerce Department has supported commercial and private sector 
development in Afghanistan since 2002, and posted a Senior Commercial 
Officer in Kabul in June 2010.

Mission Goals

    The goal of the mission is to provide U.S. participants with first-
hand market information, access to government decision makers and one-
on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, 
distributors, and partners, so that they can position themselves to 
enter the Afghan market or expand their business presence in 
Afghanistan. Thus, the mission seeks to:
     Improve U.S. companies' understanding of commercial 
opportunities in Afghanistan.
     Facilitate business meetings between U.S. and Afghan 
businesses to promote the development of U.S. commercial opportunities 
in Afghanistan.
     Introduce U.S. industry to the Afghan business community 
and government leaders.
     Provide GIRoA policymakers with U.S. industry feedback on 
the direction of its commercial reforms.

Mission Scenario

    The business development mission will take place in Kabul, 
Afghanistan. Participants will meet with Afghan leaders in the public 
and private sector, learn about the market by participating in Embassy 
briefings, and explore additional opportunities at networking 
receptions. Activities will include one-on-one meetings with pre-
screened business prospects. (Note that the regular workweek in 
Afghanistan is Sunday through Thursday.)

Proposed Timetable

    (The State Department will follow RSO procedure in reference to 
security within and around the mission event.)

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Day One (weekend).................  Travel Day--Depart U.S. on evening
                                     flight.
Day Two...........................  Travel Day--Participants arrive in
                                     transit city (tbd) and overnight in
                                     pre-arranged departure from transit
                                     city.
Day Three.........................  Travel Day.

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                                    Arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan
                                     (afternoon).
                                    Evening Event.
Day Four..........................  Security Briefing.
                                    Market Briefing.
                                    One-on-One Business Appointments.
                                    Reception.
Day Five..........................  Market Briefing.
                                    Industry Sector Briefing.
                                    Meetings with Government and
                                     Industry Officials.
                                    One-on-One Business Appointments.
                                    Reception.
Day Six...........................  One-on-One Business Appointments
                                     (optional).
                                    Travel Day--Depart for the U.S.
                                     (evening).
Day Seven.........................  Travel Day--Arrive in U.S.
                                     (morning).
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Participation Requirements

    This business development mission is designed for a minimum of 10 
qualified companies and can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants 
from the companies accepted. All parties interested in participating in 
this business development mission to Kabul, Afghanistan, must submit a 
completed application package [I've always wished that we would include 
a link to the application at this point] for consideration by the U.S. 
Department of Commerce. All applicants will be evaluated on their 
ability to meet certain conditions and to best satisfy the selection 
criteria as outlined below. U.S. companies already doing business in 
the target sectors as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter this 
market for the first time are encouraged to apply.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company has been selected to participate in the mission, a 
payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce in the form of a 
participation fee is required. The participation fee is $4,800 for a 
single participant for a small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME) \1\ 
and $5,245 for a single participant for a large firm. Participants per 
company will be limited due to space constraints. The fee for each 
additional participant is $1,500. Applicants are encouraged to provide 
a clear business purpose and clarification of role of any additional 
participants proposed to participate in the mission.
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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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    Interpretation services for official activities are included in the 
fee. Expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals will be the 
responsibility of each mission participant. Lodging and meals for each 
participant will cost approximately $150 USD per day.

Conditions for Participation

     An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission 
application and supplemental application materials, including 
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 application.
     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 the company's products or services to the 
mission goals.
     Applicant's potential for business in Afghanistan.
     Consistency of the applicant's goals and objectives with 
the stated scope of the mission.
    (Additional factors, such as diversity of company, size, type and 
location, may 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 will 
not be considered during the selection process.

Timeframe For Recruitment and Applications

    Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, 
including posting on the U.S. Department of Commerce trade missions 
calendar--http://www.trade.gov/trade-missions/--and other Internet Web 
sites, publication in domestic trade publications and association 
newsletters, direct outreach to the Department's clients and 
distribution lists, publication in the Federal Register, and 
announcements at industry meetings, symposia, conferences, and trade 
shows.
    Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no 
later than January 3, 2012, by the close of business. Applications 
received after January 3, 2012, will be considered only if space and 
scheduling constraints permit.

Disclaimer, Security, and Transportation

    Business development mission members participate in the mission and 
undertake related travel at their own risk and are advised to obtain 
insurance accordingly. Any question regarding insurance coverage must 
be resolved by the participant. The U.S. Government does not make any 
representations or guarantees as to the safety or security of 
participants. Companies should consult the State Department's travel 
warning for Afghanistan: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2121.html, http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2121.html.
    ITA will coordinate with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to arrange for 
transportation of the mission participants to and from the airport and 
lodging facilities. The primary venue for the mission has security 
measures in place.
    For More Information and an Application Packet Contact:
    U.S. Commercial Service Domestic Contact:

Jessica Arnold, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial 
Service, Washington, DC, Tel.: 202-482-2026, 
afghanmission2011@trade.gov.

    Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force Contact:


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Ariana Marshall, International Trade Specialist, Afghanistan Investment 
and Reconstruction Task Force, Tel: 202-482-3754, 
afghanmission2011@trade.gov.


Elnora Moye,
Trade Program Assistant, Commercial Service Trade Mission Program, U.S. 
Department of Commerce.
[FR Doc. 2011-27302 Filed 10-20-11; 8:45 am]
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