Architecture Services Trade Mission to Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil, October 7-10, 2013, 38687-38690 [2013-15341]

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ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS), with support VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Jun 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 from the American Institute of Architects (http://www.aia.org), is organizing an executive-led Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil from October 7 to 10, 2013. The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms to Brazil’s rapidly expanding infrastructure projects, and to assist U.S. companies to pursue export opportunities in this sector. The mission to Brazil is designed for U.S. architectural, project management, and design services companies, that provide state-of-the-art and world class designs. Target sectors holding high potential for U.S exporters include: master planning (regional design—city planning or regional planning, port redevelopment—design of the walkways, buildings, etc. along the port); hospitals and health care architecture; airports/ other transportation infrastructure facility architecture; mixed-use projects architectural services; and educational facilities. The mission will include stops in Rio de Janeiro and Recife, where participants will receive market briefings and participate in customized meetings with key officials and prospective partners. The mission supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) and his goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015 to strengthen the U.S. economy and U.S. competitiveness through meaningful job creation. The mission will help U.S. companies already doing business in Brazil to increase their footprint and deepen their business interests. The mission will help participating firms and associations/organizations gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports of services to Brazil. The mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with state and local government officials and industry leaders; and networking events. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling to Brazil on their own, will enhance the companies’ ability to secure meetings in Brazil. The mission will be supported by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) (http://www.aia.org). All U.S. architecture/construction/engineering (ACE) trade associations or organizations are encouraged to apply. The mission is open broadly to all U.S. firms, service providers, and organizations in the ACE sector, whether or not they are members of AIA PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38687 or any other ACE trade association/ organization. Selection criteria for participation, as set out below, are the same for all applicants. Commercial Setting Brazil is experiencing major growth in the ACE industry. The country will capture global attention as its major cities are undergoing a construction boom in preparation for the World Cup in 2014 and, specifically for Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Games in 2016. Architectural design and Engineering projects around the country, from roads and stadiums to airports and retail space, are abundant. Although there is strong competition from local firms, American ACE firms with a niche expertise are welcome to do business in Brazil by working with local partners, provided they understand the legal and regulatory requirements and procedures for being able to work in Brazil. U.S. and international ACE companies are finding business in Brazil because of the high level of private sector and government investments in infrastructure. The Brazilian Equipment and Maintenance Technology Association (Sobratema) states that the infrastructure sector is estimated to receive US$600 billion in investments from 2013 through 2017. The sum will be divided between the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a larger amount allocated for infrastructure development such as road, rail, ports and stadiums. US$66.5 billion will be invested over 25 years in building 7,500 km of highways and 10,000 km of railways in Brazil. US$1.10 billion will be invested in Ports and another US$3.15 billion will be invested in Port terminals. In the airport sector, three of the major airports have been recently privatized and two more are scheduled to be privatized by the end of 2013, in the major cities of Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. The Brazilian Federal Government will invest US$3.65 billion in 270 airports around the country, with the goal that 96% of Brazilians will be no more than 100 km from an airport. Please see Country Commercial Guide Airport Industry best prospect at http:// export.gov/brazil/ doingbusinessinbrazil/index.asp. The outlook for the coming years seems positive, especially due to the model outlined in the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) of Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) (http:// homologacao.brasilglobalnet.gov.br/ CDInvestimento/dados/I/ 7.3.ParceriasPublicoPrivadasPPPs.aspx). It is expected that concessions and privatizations in many infrastructure E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 38688 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2013 / Notices projects will provide the opportunity for further investments in the future. These major investments will bring many opportunities for ACE firms that are capable and ready to partner with local construction and engineering firms that are active in PPP projects. Best Prospects in the architectural sector can be found in areas such as airports, ports, hospitals, and include: —Ports (Port of Rio and Santos redevelopment—design of the walkways, buildings, along the port) —Airport design (such as airport terminals, existing and expansion of terminals, security) —Industrial design for plants, manufacturing, new or planned extensions —Health sectors (new hospitals and upgrades to existing) —Lighting design, including commercial, industrial, urban (LED is increasingly gaining popularity in Brazil) —Urban planning (non-residential design, technology, and equipment for ‘‘smart cities’’) —Sport venues design and equipment —Building Information Modeling (BIM) Process Many ACE projects are now being required to contain sustainable or ‘‘green’’ content, according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other certification programs. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Rio de Janeiro The 2014 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place from June 12 to July 13, 2014 throughout 12 cities in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will also host the 2016 Summer Olympics Games. This will be the first Summer Olympics held during the host city’s wintertime, as well as the first time a South American city will host the event. The pressure is now on Brazil to convince the world they can handle events of this magnitude. Although more than half of Rio’s Olympics venues are already built, a legacy from the Rio 2007 Pan American Games, investments from 2010 through 2016 will reach approximately US$50 billion, including airport renovation, stadium construction and renovations and infrastructure projects—all in preparation for the thousands of tourists who will attend these major events. Unlike in London, the percentage of investments dedicated to transportation such as buses, beltways and metro lines will be higher than investments dedicated to Olympic sports projects such as arenas and stadiums. Many projects are funded through the Public- VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Jun 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 Private Partnerships (PPPs). The Port area and the international airport (GIG) will be undergoing major expansions. The international airport in Rio is scheduled to be announced for privatization around the fall of 2013, creating opportunities for architectural firms to partner with concession winners. For an understanding of the regulatory environment that architectural design firms face in Brazil, please read our report on licensing at: http://export.gov/brazil/games/ eg_br_024085.asp. Recife Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and the largest city in Brazil’s Northeast with a population of more than 8 million people in the metropolitan area. It will also serve as a host city for the 2014 World Cup. The Northeast is Brazil’s fastest-growing region, and Pernambuco is Brazil’s fastest-growing population center. Pernambuco and Recife have generated the highest economic growth rates in recent years, and infrastructure projects to support the growth abound. In the last two years, Brazil’s gross domestic product grew 7.5 and 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, Pernambuco’s economy grew by 9.3 and 4.5 percent respectively, according to the Brazilian statistics agency. Many Brazilians now migrate to the Northeast to find work, a complete turn-around from the historical migration pattern. Pernambuco is home to the industrial complex and port of Suape, which has more than 100 companies present and a further 25 in various phases of starting up. According to the Global Director at the port, private investment now equals around $27 billion. Suape also hosts the largest shipyard in the Southern Hemisphere and Petrobras’ Abreu e Lima refinery, the largest and most modern oil refinery in Brazil. Two new shipyards are under construction. The state government is also building the Suape Business Center that will have a 192-room hotel and four business towers to support the business community around Suape. Logistics in the region are also an area of investment, with Pernambuco planning to invest $31 billion. This includes over $5 billion for the railway connecting two ports, Suape and Pecem (in the state of Ceara), with the interior of the region. According to local business leaders, the government of Pernambuco plans to invest $20 billion over the next 10 years to build 14 planned cities. One such city, Cidade da Copa, is being built in conjunction with the Pernambuco Arena, Recife’s newly built stadium seating 47,000 spectators PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that will host World Cup games. It will be one of the first ‘‘smart’’ cities constructed in Latin America. Cidade da Copa is planned to have residential and business units, a university campus, an indoor arena, a hotel, and a convention center. Mission Goals The goals of the Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil are to provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, and one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential partners, so that they can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in the Brazilian market. As such, the mission will focus on helping U.S. companies obtain market information and establish business and government contacts. The mission will also facilitate firsthand market exposure and access to government decision makers and key private-sector industry contacts, especially potential partners. It will provide opportunities for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions with Brazilian government officials and private sector representatives, in order to advance U.S. architectural sector interests in Brazil. It will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with Brazilian architecture trade associations, such as ASBEA and CAU, to foster long-term partnerships and for sharing best practices and continuing education, especially with trade association/ organization participants. Mission Scenario The mission will start in Rio de Janeiro with a welcome dinner on Sunday, March 6. The next day the participants will attend a briefing organized by CS Rio before introducing guest speakers to provide an overview of the city and state projects. Additional planned events include site tours and matchmaking events with ACE potential partners, including briefings on the upcoming airport concessions and/or port areas, city planners etc. In Recife, the delegates will start with briefings by local industry and government officials on the opportunities available in Recife, the state of Pernambuco, and the Northeast region. The afternoon’s agenda will comprise one-on-one matchmaking meetings. The following day, mission participants will have the opportunity to tour the port of Suape. In addition to being the largest port in the region, it hosts an expanding industrial cluster. Because of the large number of people employed and the distance from the E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2013 / Notices port to the city of Recife, various planned cities are being constructed in the area, which we will tour. The participants will attend policy, market and commercial briefings by the U.S. Commercial Service and industry experts as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with government officials as well as potential distributors, agents, partners and end users. U.S. participants will be counseled before and after the mission by CS Brazil staff. Participation in the mission will include the following: • Pre-travel briefings on subjects from business practices in Brazil to security; • Pre-scheduled meetings with government officials, potential partners, developers, and local industry contacts in Recife and Rio de Janeiro • Airport transfers during the mission between the stops in Rio and Recife; • Participation in networking receptions in Rio and Recife; and participation in matchmaking meetings with potential partners and developers in both cities. consideration by the U.S. 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 15 and maximum of 20 firms and/or trade associations or organizations will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the mission. Fees and Expenses After a company or trade association/ organization has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee is $3,250 for small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) 1 and trade associations/organizations. The participation fee for large firms is $4,000.00. The fee for each additional representative (large firm or SME or trade association/organization) is $750. Exclusions Sunday—October 6 • Arrive in Rio • Evening Welcome Dinner • Overnight stay in Rio Monday—October 7 • Breakfast briefing FCS • Briefing by industry experts and gov’t officials • Networking lunch w Chamber/ Association • Matchmaking meetings • Evening Reception • Overnight stay in Rio The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation (except for transportation to and from meetings, and airport transfers between Rio and Recife during the mission), and air transportation. Delegate members will however, be able to take advantage of U.S. Government rates for hotel rooms. Visas will be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are also not included in the mission costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas. Rio/Recife Conditions for Participation Tuesday—October 8 • Site Visits in Rio • Networking Lunch in Rio • Afternoon travel to Recife • Overnight stay in Recife Applicants must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company’s or association/organization’s products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation by August 9, 2013. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may either: Reject the application, request additional information/ clarification, or take the lack of Proposed Timetable Rio de Janeiro Recife Wednesday—October 9 • Meetings with local industry and government officials • Networking lunch with local industry representatives • Matchmaking meetings • Overnight stay in Recife mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Recife Thursday—October 10 • Site visits • Mission Officially Ends Participation Requirements All parties interested in participating in the trade mission must complete and submit an application package for VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Jun 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 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/services/contracting opportunities/ 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). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38689 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, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. In the case of a trade association or organization, the applicant must certify that for each company to be represented by the association/organization, the products and/or services the represented company seeks to export 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. In addition, each applicant must: • Certify that the products and services that it wishes to market through the mission would be in compliance with U.S. export controls and regulations; • Certify that it has identified to the Department of Commerce for its evaluation any business pending before the Department that may present the appearance of a conflict of interest; • Certify that it has identified any pending litigation (including any administrative proceedings) to which it is a party that involves the Department of Commerce; and • Sign and submit an agreement that it and its affiliates (1) have not and will not engage in the bribery of foreign officials in connection with a company’s/participant’s involvement in this mission, and (2) maintain and enforce a policy that prohibits the bribery of foreign officials. Selection Criteria for Participation Targeted mission participants are U.S. companies and trade associations/ organizations providing or promoting ACE services that have an interest in entering or expanding their business in the Brazilian market. The following criteria will be evaluated in selecting participants: • Suitability of a company’s (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies’) products or services to the Brazilian market. • Company’s (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies’) potential for business in Brazil, including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission. • Consistency of the applicant company’s (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies’) goals and objectives with the stated scope of the mission. Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, location, and E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1 38690 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2013 / Notices demographics, may also be considered during the review process. Referrals from political organizations and any documents, including the application, 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 Application 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.export.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 this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than August 9, 2013. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning June 24, 2013 until the maximum of 20 participants is selected. Applications received after August 9, 2013 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Contacts U.S. Commercial Service Washington, DC Arica Young, U.S. Commercial Service, Washington, DC, Tel: 202–482– 6219, Email: Arica.Young@trade.gov. U.S. Commercial Service Brazil Patrick Levy, U.S. Commercial Service, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tel: +55+21–3823–2413, Email: Patrick.Levy@trade.gov. Elnora Moye, Program Assistant. [FR Doc. 2013–15341 Filed 6–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES International Trade Administration Aerospace Executive Service Trade Mission at the Singapore Airshow 2014 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Jun 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 I. Mission Description The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service is organizing an Aerospace Executive Service Trade Mission (AESTM) to Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow 2014 (http:// www.singaporeairshow.com.sg). The AESTM will include representatives from a variety of U.S. aerospace-industry manufacturers and service providers. The mission participants will be introduced to international agents, distributors and end-users whose capabilities are targeted to each participant’s needs. This year a key mission goal is to recruit U.S. firms that have not previously participated in this AESTM to the Singapore Airshow. Mission participants will also be briefed by key local industry leaders who can advise on local market conditions and opportunities. In addition, the Commercial Service will offer its AsiaNow Showtime program during the Singapore Airshow, where mission participants can meet one-on-one with Commercial Service aerospace and defense industry specialists from various markets in Asia. The industry specialists will be on-hand to discuss market trends and opportunities in their respective markets. II. Commercial Setting The Singapore Airshow is Asia’s largest aerospace and defense event and is one of the top three air shows in the world, serving as an international marketplace and networking platform for the global aerospace community. Encompassing all civil and military sectors of the international aerospace industry, the Singapore Airshow is the most prominent platform in the AsiaPacific region for companies to showcase aerospace products and services. The Asia-Pacific region is widely considered the most promising market for the aerospace industry worldwide. As a leading global aviation hub in Asia Pacific, Singapore (the United States’ 13th largest export market in 2012) can serve as an excellent base for taking advantage of growth opportunities stemming from the region’s brisk international trade, tourism and investment climate. U.S. aerospace firms looking to establish or expand business in Singapore and other markets in this dynamic region stand to benefit from participating in the Singapore Airshow through the AESTM. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In addition to hosting the Airshow, Singapore is the regional leader in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), manufacturing, and research and development. Since 1992, Singapore’s aerospace industry has grown at an average annual rate of 10% to become the most comprehensive MRO hub in Asia. Aerospace is one of the fastestgrowing industries in Singapore, and the long-term business outlook remains positive. According to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, the Asia-Pacific aviation industry is experiencing a faster recovery from its undesirable passenger load factor than anticipated. In fact, Asia-Pacific economies are leading the pace of recovery in the global aviation sector: The Asia-Pacific region is expected to account for approximately 40% (U.S. $270 billion) of the global airline revenue by 2020. The air freight and cargo business has also experienced consistent growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Also, the rising GDP per capita across Asia-Pacific and the increasing level of disposable income of the population will lead to an increase in air travel and therefore higher demand on cabin interiors. Singapore is particularly well-equipped to capture the demand from aviation-related services from this market given its MRO hub status, which will translate into greater opportunities for American suppliers to sell to this lucrative market and beyond. III. Mission Goals The mission’s goal for the Aerospace Executive Service (AES) at the Singapore Airshow is to facilitate an effective presence for small to mediumsized U.S. companies without the major expenses associated with purchasing and staffing exhibition space. The AES will enable U.S. aerospace companies to familiarize themselves with this important air show, conduct market research, and explore export opportunities through pre-screened meetings with potential partners. It will give the U.S. companies a small presence at the show, with an office infrastructure environment and the support of knowledgeable U.S. Commercial Service staff focused on furthering company-specific objectives. This mission also seeks to recruit a minimum of eight participants new to the AESTM at the Singapore Airshow. IV. Mission Scenario Within the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Singapore Airshow, the Commercial Service will maintain a 82.75-squaremeter booth that will include 60 square E:\FR\FM\27JNN1.SGM 27JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Architecture Services Trade Mission to Rio de Janeiro and Recife, 
Brazil, October 7-10, 2013

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

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Mission Description

    The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration (ITA), U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (CS), with 
support from the American Institute of Architects (http://www.aia.org), 
is organizing an executive-led Architecture Services Trade Mission to 
Brazil from October 7 to 10, 2013. The purpose of the mission is to 
introduce U.S. firms to Brazil's rapidly expanding infrastructure 
projects, and to assist U.S. companies to pursue export opportunities 
in this sector. The mission to Brazil is designed for U.S. 
architectural, project management, and design services companies, that 
provide state-of-the-art and world class designs. Target sectors 
holding high potential for U.S exporters include: master planning 
(regional design--city planning or regional planning, port re-
development--design of the walkways, buildings, etc. along the port); 
hospitals and health care architecture; airports/other transportation 
infrastructure facility architecture; mixed-use projects architectural 
services; and educational facilities.
    The mission will include stops in Rio de Janeiro and Recife, where 
participants will receive market briefings and participate in 
customized meetings with key officials and prospective partners.
    The mission supports President Obama's National Export Initiative 
(NEI) and his goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015 to strengthen the 
U.S. economy and U.S. competitiveness through meaningful job creation. 
The mission will help U.S. companies already doing business in Brazil 
to increase their footprint and deepen their business interests.
    The mission will help participating firms and associations/
organizations gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify 
business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of 
increasing U.S. exports of services to Brazil. The mission will include 
one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, 
agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with state 
and local government officials and industry leaders; and networking 
events. Participating in an official U.S. industry delegation, rather 
than traveling to Brazil on their own, will enhance the companies' 
ability to secure meetings in Brazil.
    The mission will be supported by the American Institute of 
Architects (AIA) (http://www.aia.org). All U.S. architecture/
construction/engineering (ACE) trade associations or organizations are 
encouraged to apply. The mission is open broadly to all U.S. firms, 
service providers, and organizations in the ACE sector, whether or not 
they are members of AIA or any other ACE trade association/
organization. Selection criteria for participation, as set out below, 
are the same for all applicants.

Commercial Setting

    Brazil is experiencing major growth in the ACE industry. The 
country will capture global attention as its major cities are 
undergoing a construction boom in preparation for the World Cup in 2014 
and, specifically for Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Games in 2016.
    Architectural design and Engineering projects around the country, 
from roads and stadiums to airports and retail space, are abundant. 
Although there is strong competition from local firms, American ACE 
firms with a niche expertise are welcome to do business in Brazil by 
working with local partners, provided they understand the legal and 
regulatory requirements and procedures for being able to work in 
Brazil. U.S. and international ACE companies are finding business in 
Brazil because of the high level of private sector and government 
investments in infrastructure.
    The Brazilian Equipment and Maintenance Technology Association 
(Sobratema) states that the infrastructure sector is estimated to 
receive US$600 billion in investments from 2013 through 2017. The sum 
will be divided between the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a 
larger amount allocated for infrastructure development such as road, 
rail, ports and stadiums.
    US$66.5 billion will be invested over 25 years in building 7,500 km 
of highways and 10,000 km of railways in Brazil. US$1.10 billion will 
be invested in Ports and another US$3.15 billion will be invested in 
Port terminals.
    In the airport sector, three of the major airports have been 
recently privatized and two more are scheduled to be privatized by the 
end of 2013, in the major cities of Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. 
The Brazilian Federal Government will invest US$3.65 billion in 270 
airports around the country, with the goal that 96% of Brazilians will 
be no more than 100 km from an airport. Please see Country Commercial 
Guide Airport Industry best prospect at http://export.gov/brazil/doingbusinessinbrazil/index.asp.
    The outlook for the coming years seems positive, especially due to 
the model outlined in the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) of 
Brazil's Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) (http://homologacao.brasilglobalnet.gov.br/CDInvestimento/dados/I/7.3.ParceriasPublicoPrivadasPPPs.aspx). It is expected that concessions 
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projects will provide the opportunity for further investments in the 
future. These major investments will bring many opportunities for ACE 
firms that are capable and ready to partner with local construction and 
engineering firms that are active in PPP projects.
    Best Prospects in the architectural sector can be found in areas 
such as airports, ports, hospitals, and include:

--Ports (Port of Rio and Santos re-development--design of the walkways, 
buildings, along the port)
--Airport design (such as airport terminals, existing and expansion of 
terminals, security)
--Industrial design for plants, manufacturing, new or planned 
extensions
--Health sectors (new hospitals and upgrades to existing)
--Lighting design, including commercial, industrial, urban (LED is 
increasingly gaining popularity in Brazil)
--Urban planning (non-residential design, technology, and equipment for 
``smart cities'')
--Sport venues design and equipment
--Building Information Modeling (BIM) Process

    Many ACE projects are now being required to contain sustainable or 
``green'' content, according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental 
Design (LEED) and other certification programs.

Rio de Janeiro

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place from June 12 to 
July 13, 2014 throughout 12 cities in Brazil. Rio de Janeiro will also 
host the 2016 Summer Olympics Games. This will be the first Summer 
Olympics held during the host city's wintertime, as well as the first 
time a South American city will host the event. The pressure is now on 
Brazil to convince the world they can handle events of this magnitude.
    Although more than half of Rio's Olympics venues are already built, 
a legacy from the Rio 2007 Pan American Games, investments from 2010 
through 2016 will reach approximately US$50 billion, including airport 
renovation, stadium construction and renovations and infrastructure 
projects--all in preparation for the thousands of tourists who will 
attend these major events. Unlike in London, the percentage of 
investments dedicated to transportation such as buses, beltways and 
metro lines will be higher than investments dedicated to Olympic sports 
projects such as arenas and stadiums. Many projects are funded through 
the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The Port area and the 
international airport (GIG) will be undergoing major expansions. The 
international airport in Rio is scheduled to be announced for 
privatization around the fall of 2013, creating opportunities for 
architectural firms to partner with concession winners. For an 
understanding of the regulatory environment that architectural design 
firms face in Brazil, please read our report on licensing at: http://export.gov/brazil/games/eg_br_024085.asp.

Recife

    Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and the largest 
city in Brazil's Northeast with a population of more than 8 million 
people in the metropolitan area. It will also serve as a host city for 
the 2014 World Cup. The Northeast is Brazil's fastest-growing region, 
and Pernambuco is Brazil's fastest-growing population center. 
Pernambuco and Recife have generated the highest economic growth rates 
in recent years, and infrastructure projects to support the growth 
abound. In the last two years, Brazil's gross domestic product grew 7.5 
and 2.7 percent. Meanwhile, Pernambuco's economy grew by 9.3 and 4.5 
percent respectively, according to the Brazilian statistics agency. 
Many Brazilians now migrate to the Northeast to find work, a complete 
turn-around from the historical migration pattern.
    Pernambuco is home to the industrial complex and port of Suape, 
which has more than 100 companies present and a further 25 in various 
phases of starting up. According to the Global Director at the port, 
private investment now equals around $27 billion. Suape also hosts the 
largest shipyard in the Southern Hemisphere and Petrobras' Abreu e Lima 
refinery, the largest and most modern oil refinery in Brazil. Two new 
shipyards are under construction. The state government is also building 
the Suape Business Center that will have a 192-room hotel and four 
business towers to support the business community around Suape.
    Logistics in the region are also an area of investment, with 
Pernambuco planning to invest $31 billion. This includes over $5 
billion for the railway connecting two ports, Suape and Pecem (in the 
state of Ceara), with the interior of the region. According to local 
business leaders, the government of Pernambuco plans to invest $20 
billion over the next 10 years to build 14 planned cities. One such 
city, Cidade da Copa, is being built in conjunction with the Pernambuco 
Arena, Recife's newly built stadium seating 47,000 spectators that will 
host World Cup games. It will be one of the first ``smart'' cities 
constructed in Latin America. Cidade da Copa is planned to have 
residential and business units, a university campus, an indoor arena, a 
hotel, and a convention center.

Mission Goals

    The goals of the Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil are 
to provide U.S. participants with first-hand market information, and 
one-on-one meetings with business contacts, including potential 
partners, so that they can position themselves to enter or expand their 
presence in the Brazilian market. As such, the mission will focus on 
helping U.S. companies obtain market information and establish business 
and government contacts.
    The mission will also facilitate first-hand market exposure and 
access to government decision makers and key private-sector industry 
contacts, especially potential partners. It will provide opportunities 
for participants to have policy and regulatory framework discussions 
with Brazilian government officials and private sector representatives, 
in order to advance U.S. architectural sector interests in Brazil. It 
will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with Brazilian 
architecture trade associations, such as ASBEA and CAU, to foster long-
term partnerships and for sharing best practices and continuing 
education, especially with trade association/organization participants.

Mission Scenario

    The mission will start in Rio de Janeiro with a welcome dinner on 
Sunday, March 6. The next day the participants will attend a briefing 
organized by CS Rio before introducing guest speakers to provide an 
overview of the city and state projects. Additional planned events 
include site tours and matchmaking events with ACE potential partners, 
including briefings on the upcoming airport concessions and/or port 
areas, city planners etc.
    In Recife, the delegates will start with briefings by local 
industry and government officials on the opportunities available in 
Recife, the state of Pernambuco, and the Northeast region. The 
afternoon's agenda will comprise one-on-one matchmaking meetings.
    The following day, mission participants will have the opportunity 
to tour the port of Suape. In addition to being the largest port in the 
region, it hosts an expanding industrial cluster. Because of the large 
number of people employed and the distance from the

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port to the city of Recife, various planned cities are being 
constructed in the area, which we will tour.
    The participants will attend policy, market and commercial 
briefings by the U.S. Commercial Service and industry experts as well 
as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with 
government officials as well as potential distributors, agents, 
partners and end users. U.S. participants will be counseled before and 
after the mission by CS Brazil staff. Participation in the mission will 
include the following:
     Pre-travel briefings on subjects from business practices 
in Brazil to security;
     Pre-scheduled meetings with government officials, 
potential partners, developers, and local industry contacts in Recife 
and Rio de Janeiro
     Airport transfers during the mission between the stops in 
Rio and Recife;
     Participation in networking receptions in Rio and Recife; 
and participation in matchmaking meetings with potential partners and 
developers in both cities.

Proposed Timetable

Rio de Janeiro

Sunday--October 6
     Arrive in Rio
     Evening Welcome Dinner
     Overnight stay in Rio
Monday--October 7
     Breakfast briefing FCS
     Briefing by industry experts and gov't officials
     Networking lunch w Chamber/Association
     Matchmaking meetings
     Evening Reception
     Overnight stay in Rio

Rio/Recife

Tuesday--October 8
     Site Visits in Rio
     Networking Lunch in Rio
     Afternoon travel to Recife
     Overnight stay in Recife

Recife

Wednesday--October 9
     Meetings with local industry and government officials
     Networking lunch with local industry representatives
     Matchmaking meetings
     Overnight stay in Recife

Recife

Thursday--October 10
     Site visits
     Mission Officially Ends

Participation Requirements

    All parties interested in participating in the trade mission must 
complete and submit an application package for consideration by the 
U.S. 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 15 and maximum of 20 firms 
and/or trade associations or organizations will be selected from the 
applicant pool to participate in the mission.

Fees and Expenses

    After a company or trade association/organization has been selected 
to participate on the mission, a payment to the U.S. Department of 
Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The 
participation fee is $3,250 for small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) 
\1\ and trade associations/organizations. The participation fee for 
large firms is $4,000.00. The fee for each additional representative 
(large firm or SME or trade association/organization) is $750.
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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/services/contracting opportunities/
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).
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Exclusions

    The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such 
as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation (except for 
transportation to and from meetings, and airport transfers between Rio 
and Recife during the mission), and air transportation. Delegate 
members will however, be able to take advantage of U.S. Government 
rates for hotel rooms. Visas will be required. Government fees and 
processing expenses to obtain such visas are also not included in the 
mission costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide 
instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain 
necessary business visas.

Conditions for Participation

    Applicants must submit a completed and signed mission application 
and supplemental application materials, including adequate information 
on the company's or association/organization's products and/or 
services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation by 
August 9, 2013. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete 
application, the Department may either: Reject the application, request 
additional information/clarification, 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, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have 
at least fifty-one percent U.S. content. In the case of a trade 
association or organization, the applicant must certify that for each 
company to be represented by the association/organization, the products 
and/or services the represented company seeks to export 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.
    In addition, each applicant must:
     Certify that the products and services that it wishes to 
market through the mission would be in compliance with U.S. export 
controls and regulations;
     Certify that it has identified to the Department of 
Commerce for its evaluation any business pending before the Department 
that may present the appearance of a conflict of interest;
     Certify that it has identified any pending litigation 
(including any administrative proceedings) to which it is a party that 
involves the Department of Commerce; and
     Sign and submit an agreement that it and its affiliates 
(1) have not and will not engage in the bribery of foreign officials in 
connection with a company's/participant's involvement in this mission, 
and (2) maintain and enforce a policy that prohibits the bribery of 
foreign officials.

Selection Criteria for Participation

    Targeted mission participants are U.S. companies and trade 
associations/organizations providing or promoting ACE services that 
have an interest in entering or expanding their business in the 
Brazilian market. The following criteria will be evaluated in selecting 
participants:
     Suitability of a company's (or in the case of a trade 
association/organization, represented companies') products or services 
to the Brazilian market.
     Company's (or in the case of a trade association/
organization, represented companies') potential for business in Brazil, 
including likelihood of exports resulting from the mission.
     Consistency of the applicant company's (or in the case of 
a trade association/organization, represented companies') goals and 
objectives with the stated scope of the mission.
    Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, 
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demographics, may also be considered during the review process.
    Referrals from political organizations and any documents, including 
the application, 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 Application

    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.export.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 this mission will begin immediately and conclude no 
later than August 9, 2013. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review 
applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning 
June 24, 2013 until the maximum of 20 participants is selected. 
Applications received after August 9, 2013 will be considered only if 
space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contacts

U.S. Commercial Service Washington, DC

    Arica Young, U.S. Commercial Service, Washington, DC, Tel: 202-482-
6219, Email: Arica.Young@trade.gov.

U.S. Commercial Service Brazil

    Patrick Levy, U.S. Commercial Service, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tel: 
+55+21-3823-2413, Email: Patrick.Levy@trade.gov.

Elnora Moye,
Program Assistant.
[FR Doc. 2013-15341 Filed 6-26-13; 8:45 am]
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