Trade Mission to South Africa and Mozambique, With an Optional Stop in Kenya; February 23-27, 2015, 36290-36295 [2014-14994]

Download as PDF 36290 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 123 / Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Notices information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This sunset review and notice are in accordance with sections 751(c), 752(c), and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: June 18, 2014. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2014–15003 Filed 6–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–015] petitioner makes a timely request for an extension in accordance with 19 CFR 351.205(e), section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act allows the Department to postpone the preliminary determination until no later than 130 days after the date on which the Department initiated the investigation. On June 18, 2014, the petitioner 2 submitted a timely request pursuant to section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(e) to postpone the preliminary determination.3 Therefore, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act, we are fully extending the due date for the preliminary determination to not later than 130 days after the day on which the investigation was initiated. As a result, the deadline for completion of the preliminary determination is now September 22, 2014.4 This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 703(c)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1). 53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers From the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation Dated: June 19, 2014. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Enforcement and Compliance, Formerly Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Nair at (202) 482–3813 or David Cordell at (202) 482–0408, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P AGENCY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background On May 13, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated a countervailing duty investigation on 53foot domestic dry containers from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).1 Currently, the preliminary determination is due no later than July 17, 2014. Postponement of the Preliminary Determination Section 703(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department to issue the preliminary determination in a countervailing duty investigation within 65 days after the date on which the Department initiated the investigation. However, if the 1 See 53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 79 FR 28679 (May 19, 2014). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Jun 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 [FR Doc. 2014–15002 Filed 6–25–14; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Trade Mission to South Africa and Mozambique, With an Optional Stop in Kenya; February 23–27, 2015 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Mission Description The U. S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, is organizing an executive-led Trade Mission to South Africa and Mozambique, with an optional stop in Kenya. The mission will take place February 23–27, 2015, and is designed to help U.S. firms find business partners and sell equipment and services. Target 2 Stoughton Trailers, LLC (the petitioner). Letter from the petitioner, entitled ‘‘53-Foot Domestic Dry Containers from the People ’s Republic of China,’’ dated June 18, 2014. 4 The actual deadline based on a 65-day extension is September 20, 2014, which is a Saturday. Department practice dictates that where a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). 3 See PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sectors holding high potential for U.S. exporters include: • Energy Equipment and Services, such as: Power generation (including renewable energy); transmission and distribution, energy efficiency, oil and gas exploration and production and project development. • Transportation Infrastructure and Equipment, such as: Road, bridge and dam construction and reconstruction; automatic fare collection systems, new and refurbished railroad locomotives, new bulk car and other dedicated rolling freight fleets, smart signaling and rail operation automation, rolling stock depot design, strategic route design and network planning, port mobile, weighbridges and quayside systems and upgrading of existing port equipment and oil and gas development infrastructure. • Agricultural Equipment, such as: Crop production equipment and machinery, irrigation equipment and technology, crop storage and handling, precision farming technologies and fertilizers. • Medical Technologies, such as: Diagnostic imaging equipment, laboratory equipment, patient aids, innovative minimally invasive devices and dental and optometry equipment. Although focused on the sectors above, the mission also will consider participation from companies in other appropriate sectors as space permits. The mission will go to Johannesburg, South Africa and Maputo, Mozambique. In addition, there will be an optional stop in Nairobi, Kenya before the Johannesburg stop. Led by a senior executive of the Department of Commerce, the trade mission will include one-on-one business appointments with prescreened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with national and regional government officials, chambers of commerce, and business groups; and networking receptions. The mission will help participating firms and trade associations gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. Participating in this official U.S. industry delegation, rather than traveling on their own, will enhance delegates’ abilities to secure meetings in these markets. Commercial Setting Kenya, with a population of 43 million, is the dominant economy in Eastern Africa. Given its position as the economic, commercial, and logistical E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 123 / Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Notices hub of East Africa, more U.S. companies are investing in Kenya and setting up local and regional operations there. Kenya’s first election under a new constitution with a devolved government structure was held in April 2013, and should position it for further growth. Kenya also boasts a large number of well-educated English-speaking, and multi-lingual professionals, and a strong entrepreneurial tradition. Doing business in Kenya includes a number of challenges, such as poverty, crime, unemployment, limited infrastructure, and corruption. South Africa, a country of 52 million people, has the most advanced, broadbased industrial economy in Africa, enjoys relative macroeconomic stability and boasts sound financial, legal and accounting institutions. It remains the primary choice for U.S. companies wishing to develop the promising markets of sub-Saharan Africa, although it suffers from large disparities in income distribution, and has recently seen its international credit rating slip. In 2012 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.0% to $417 billion. Mozambique, with a population of 23 million, grew its economy from 1994 to 2009 at an average rate of 8% per year— one of the fastest rates of growth of any sub-Saharan African economy over this period. In 2013, GDP reached $15 billion. While the country was devastated after the war in 1992, it has since benefited from macroeconomic reforms and large foreign investment projects. Though infrastructure remains weak and the population is still largely rural, the government is committed to building a strong commercial environment. U.S. investment in the energy sector, particularly off-shore natural gas, is expected to grow tremendously in the next several years, though the U.S. has traditionally been a relatively minor trading partner. Best Prospects in Targeted Sectors tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Energy Kenya In response to strong economic growth and increasing demand for electricity, Kenya is focused on developing its power generation and transmission and distribution infrastructure. Today, Kenya is faced with numerous brownouts, blackouts, and power surges that damage equipment and necessitate emergency power, driving up the cost of electricity. The supply deficit and costly short-term solutions impede economic growth, and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Jun 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 reduce the competitiveness of Kenya’s private sector in the region. With only 25% of the population connected to the grid, the Kenyan government plans to connect an additional 5000MW of power and reduce electricity tariffs by 40% by 2016. Kenya principally relies on hydropower, whose supply is impacted by drought; and thermal power, which is sensitive to global fuel prices. However, extensive plans are underway to develop geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy sources. Kenya has world-class potential for geothermal energy production with development in other renewable energy sectors expected. Kenya is an increasingly promising player in the booming East Africa oil and gas market. The multiple onshore discoveries announced since 2012 have led exploration and production companies to sound optimistic notes about the country’s potential. One firm estimates that Kenya’s resource base could amount to 10 billion barrels, though exploration is still in early phases. The greatest enthusiasm surrounds offshore resources, where drillers hope to replicate Mozambique and Tanzania’s vast natural gas discoveries. South Africa Electricity supply constraints are significant and are expected to remain a feature of South Africa’s social and economic landscape for several years to come. ESKOM, the government owned power utility, with a virtual monopoly on generation, transmission and distribution (responsible for around 95% of local generation) is experiencing budgetary and infrastructure challenges. As a result of these challenges, the government has put a renewed focus on the increased generation of power, increased energy efficiency and decreased consumption. ESKOM’s reserve of power has recently become so low that it has been forced to utilize its contractual rights with large industrial users to require them to reduce consumption at critical times. It has also been forced to use expensive diesel to power generators at peak load periods. Though there is current and planned infrastructure investment to ensure future supply, there have been significant delays in bringing these planned power generation facilities on line. ESKOM is currently investigating smart grid as an option to manage peak load demand. Renewable energy programs have also been introduced in order to facilitate clean renewable independent energy production. The PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36291 government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement program (REIPPP) has been relatively successful and marks the first time independent power producers have been allowed to sell power back to the grid. However, local content requirements, which have increased in recent months, may limit potential U.S. exports. Further capital expenditure is ongoing with the two large scale coal-fired plants under construction (Medupi Power Station (4800 MW) and Kusile Power Station (4800 MW) as well as a pumped storage project (1332 MW) and a wind energy facility (100 MW). In a recent state of the nation address, President Zuma also reintroduced a plan to bring nuclear energy back to the fore in South Africa. South Africa boasts the world’s eighth largest supply of technically recoverable shale gas resources, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. In 2012, the government lifted a moratorium on exploring the country’s estimated 390 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of unconventional deposits. While licenses have yet to be issued, President Zuma in June announced that the government would proceed with shale gas development plans, indicating the government’s willingness to move forward with development in the sector. Mozambique Mozambique is set to become one of the world’s largest new suppliers of natural gas. The country’s massive offshore discoveries have launched a scramble among exploration and production companies to develop these new-found resources. Although much of the Mozambique’s offshore acreage still remains underexplored, one U.S. company has already announced finds totaling some 45–65 tcf of recoverable gas reserves. By some estimates, the country’s vast resources could support up to ten LNG trains, and developers aim to begin LNG exports in 2018. Mozambique is a net exporter of energy. The vast majority of power produced in the country comes from the Cahora Bassa hydro-power scheme in central Mozambique, where a planned multi-million dollar ‘‘North Bank’’ expansion with potential opportunities for U.S. suppliers. It will add an additional 1250 MW with transmission lines to South Africa, the South African Power Pool, Maputo, and Northern Mozambique. Planning for a second multi-billion dollar, 1500-plus MW hydropower dam 35 miles downstream at Mphanda Nkuwa is well underway, and the operators are expected to E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 36292 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 123 / Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Notices finalize financing this year, with commercial operations due to start as early as 2017. Transportation Infrastructure and Equipment Kenya Kenya enjoys an extensive, but uneven, infrastructure that is still superior in many cases to that of its neighbors. Nairobi is the undisputed transportation hub of Eastern and Central Africa and the largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg. The Port of Mombasa is the most important deep-water port in the region, supplying the shipping needs of more than a dozen countries despite persistent deficiencies in equipment, inefficiency and corruption. As a result of these deficiencies, the Port of Mombasa has been earmarked for major expansion and re-habilitation. Kenya’s ‘‘Vision 2030’’ infrastructure development plans call for significant improvements to the provision of water, renewable energy, ICT, housing, roads, bridges, railways, seaports and airports over the next 20 years. The construction industry in Kenya is driven primarily by two key infrastructure sectors: Transportation and housing, given the large housing deficit that exists in Kenya. Construction and infrastructure development will also present new opportunities, especially with the passage of the new public-private partnership (PPP) law which will make government procurements more transparent and less risky. This development was supported by the massive road infrastructure projects and the high demand for decent housing due to rapidly expanding population. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES South Africa South Africa’s government has announced and allocated initial funding for significant transportation infrastructure capital investments. In 2012 the government announced the allocation of funding for investments estimated at over $90 billion over 15 years. Though there have been complaints of slow implementation, leading some contractors to re-focus business elsewhere in the continent, in late 2013 and early 2014 commitments were made to procure passenger rolling stock, locomotives, signaling and track upgrades. Also, the development of the significant Durban phase 2 port extension (in the old Durban International Airport precinct) has been initiated. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) of the SA Department of Transport (SADOT) in March 2012 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Jun 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 announced a 20-year rail improvement program estimated at more than $13.6 billion. Of this, $1.3 billion will be invested in signaling, new depots, modern stations and integrated ticketing, while $1.1 billion is being spent on new locomotives. The State Owned Enterprise (SOE), Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and others are considering finalizing logistics projects such as upgrading the Sishen— Saldanha Bay ore line, the Richard Bay coal line and other new coal line networks in the northwest. Transnet’s rail and port projects are reportedly set to cost around $30 billion over seven years and include augmenting the tractive and bulk car fleet, signaling, maintenance, advanced train management systems and network expansion/concession models. For the second large diesel locomotive program of 465 units, one U.S. and one Chinese manufacturer were selected as preferred bidders in February 2014. Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), the port operating SOE is set to invest $3.3 billion over the next seven years for the expansion and improvement of its bulk and container terminals. Significant capacity-creating projects included the expansion of the Durban Container Terminal’s (DCT’s) Pier 1 that would increase its capacity from 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 820,000 TEUs by 2013 and 1.2 million TEUs by 2016/17. Other expansion projects include the Ngqura Container Terminal, Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf terminal, the iron-ore bulk terminal at the Port of Saldanha and the ageing Richards Bay Terminal where $370 million is set aside for mobile and quayside equipment, as well as weighbridges. Mozambique Transport networks and infrastructure will be instrumental to developing Mozambique’s growth potential in the near and long term. The recently concluded $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact funded extensive rehabilitation of key roads, a dam, and a water supply project in two northern provinces. The Government of Mozambique is investing heavily in expanding rail and port capacity to manage the rising production of mineral resources. A rail line to the deepest natural port on the East Coast of Africa should significantly lower coal transport costs, and two foreign companies have recently been contracted to begin work on a new rail line ending at Macuze port. As total coal exports are projected to reach 40 million tons per year by 2015 and long term estimates are in the range of 100 million tons per year, PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 infrastructure around this sector remains a priority. In addition, rapid investment in infrastructure to support planned LNG projects in northern Mozambique, one of its least developed regions, could bring vast opportunities to U.S. firms. Agricultural Equipment Kenya Agriculture remains the backbone of Kenya’s economy. It accounts for about 24% of GDP directly and 75% of the labor force indirectly. Cash crop (tea, coffee, and horticulture), food crops (maize, wheat and rice), and livestock dominate the agricultural sector. Kenyan agriculture faces many challenges. It is predominately rainfall dependent and thus subject to wide production variances. It is undercapitalized, implying low technological absorption resulting in low productivity. Small-scale farmers contribute about 75% to the country’s total value of agricultural output and account for nearly 85% of total employment in the agricultural sector. These attributes, coupled with challenges arising from limited institutional capacity, poor infrastructure, and risks associated with liberalized markets, explain the relative stagnation of agricultural productivity and incomes. Kenya’s horticulture industry is a major export success in Africa. It is almost entirely dominated by the private sector and provides many opportunities for increased importation of fertilizers, pesticides and equipment. Similar opportunities lie in Kenya’s floriculture industry, which is the leading exporter of fresh cut flowers to the flower auction in Holland. Other important commodities include maize, tea, coffee, sugarcane and wheat, which will require additional use of fertilizers as production grows. The government has embarked on a mechanization program to see the increase in use of more modern means of farming so as to increase output. In addition, the government has set aside 1.2 million acres of land for irrigation that will grow maize, wheat and livestock farming. Agricultural equipment is tax exempt under the VAT Act 2013 to provide support to the sector. Kenya imports virtually all of its agricultural chemicals as there is no significant local production. Unlike many sub-Saharan African countries, Kenya’s fertilizer use has almost doubled since the liberalization of the market in the 1990s, and the removal of government price controls and import licensing quotas. The growth in use has E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 123 / Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Notices been noted especially among the smallholder farmers in growth of both food crops (maize, domestic horticulture) and export crops (tea, coffee). Growth in the industry is largely due to huge private investment in both importation and retailing of fertilizers. Fertilizer is also tax exempted under the new VAT Act. South Africa South Africa has by far the most modern, productive and diverse agricultural economy in Sub Saharan Africa. Agriculture in South Africa remains an important sector despite its relatively small contribution to the GDP. The sector plays an important role in terms of job creation, especially in rural areas, but is also a foremost earner of foreign exchange. South Africa has a market-oriented agricultural economy that is highly diversified, including production of all the major grains (except rice), oilseeds, deciduous and subtropical fruits, sugar, citrus, wine and most vegetables. Livestock production includes cattle, dairy, pigs, sheep, and a well-developed broiler and egg industry. Value-added sector activities include slaughtering, processing and preserving of meat; processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables; dairy products; grain mill products; crushing of oilseeds; prepared animal feeds; and sugar refining amongst other food products. South Africa also exports wine, corn, mohair, groundnuts, karakul pelts, sugar, and wool. South Africa offers U.S. exporters in the agricultural equipment and technology sector a wide range of opportunities. Five % of all new agriculture equipment is being produced locally; ninety five % of all agriculture equipment and parts are being sourced from international markets, and at least twenty % of new equipment and technologies are currently being sourced from the U.S. Mozambique Agriculture currently accounts for 81% of national employment and 32% of GDP. Mozambique requires great investment to drive the adoption of new technology in agriculture, which is needed for growth in the sector to keep pace with the country’s overall GDP growth. Mozambique, the size of Texas and Louisiana combined, boasts 36 million hectares of arable land, yet 85% of it (30.6 million hectares) is unutilized and only 3% of all potential agricultural land is under irrigation. Mozambique’s vast potential in the agriculture sector has prompted major U.S. agribusiness companies to consider establishing commercial farms there. Medical Technologies Kenya The Kenyan healthcare market relies almost entirely on imports of medical devices, pharmaceuticals (at least 70– 80%), dental products, laboratory equipment, healthcare IT, clinical chemistry and diagnostics. As a result, U.S. healthcare suppliers are in an excellent position to increase their market share in Kenya due to technical competitiveness in quality and reliability. Leading private sector hospitals are very active in modernizing their medical equipment inventories, while public sector hospitals are constantly reequipping with improved budgetary allocations. There are concerted efforts by the Government of Kenya to attain universal healthcare for all Kenyans by 2030. Additionally, there are 47 county governments recently established, each of which is responsible for providing health facilities and services. It is expected that that a large portion of their funding from the central government will be used to re-equip county health facilities. South Africa South Africa’s health sector is considered the most developed in Africa, with expenditures estimated at 36293 31.6 billion (2013), 9% of GDP. Healthcare is divided into public (50% of total spent on 80% of the population) and private (50% of total on 20% of the population). Government spending is likely to increase as they further develop and support the roll-out of the National Health Initiative scheme. Healthcare in the private sector is on par with first-world standards. Over 90% of the medical market is imported, with the U.S. being the dominant supplier. There are good opportunities for U.S. medical device manufacturers, notably in diagnostic imaging and patient aids. Mozambique The U.S. alone has invested over $1.9 billion in healthcare in Mozambique via the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Government supported the health sector with over $340 million toward HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, maternal child health, family planning reproductive health, nutrition and water and sanitation programming. These efforts are coordinated with the Government of Mozambique to improve quality and access to health care services. National spending on health has grown and U.S. companies can play a key role in improving the health and livelihoods of Mozambicans. Mission Goals The goal of this trade mission is to provide U.S. participants with firsthand market information, and one-onone meetings with business contacts, including potential agents, distributors and partners so they can position themselves to enter or expand their presence in these markets. Mission Scenario This mission will visit Johannesburg and Maputo, following an optional stop in Nairobi, allowing participants to access the largest markets and business centers in these countries. Proposed Mission Timetable Location Activity Sunday, Feb. 22 .............................. Monday, Feb. 23 ............................. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Day of week Nairobi ........................................... Nairobi ........................................... Tuesday Feb. 24 ............................. Nairobi ........................................... Companies participating in the Kenya portion arrive Nairobi. Welcome Breakfast. Briefing by U.S. Embassy. One-on-one business appointments. Evening business reception. One-on-one business appointments continue as time permits. Depart for Johannesburg. Companies participating in South Africa and Mozambique portion arrive in Johannesburg. Briefing by U.S. Consulate Staff. One-on-one business meetings. Evening business reception. Johannesburg ................................ Wednesday, Feb. 25 ....................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Jun 25, 2014 Johannesburg ................................ Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 36294 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 123 / Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Notices Day of week Location Activity Thursday, Feb. 26 ........................... Johannesburg ................................ Friday, Feb. 27 ................................ Maputo ........................................... Maputo ........................................... One-on-one meetings continue. Companies depart for Maputo. Evening business reception. Briefing by U.S. Embassy. One-on-one business appointments. Mission 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. 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 for the Kenya portion is $1950 for small or mediumsized enterprises (SME),1 trade associations/organizations, and large firms. The fee for each additional representative (large firm or SME or trade association/organization) is $350. The participation fee for the Mozambique and South Africa portion is $3,450 for small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) 2, and $4,850 for large firms and trade associations/ organizations. The fee for each additional representative (large firm or SME or trade association/organization) is $750. The participation fee for all three countries is $5,400 for small or medium1 An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see https:// www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/ sizestandardstopics/). 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 https:// www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html for additional information). 2 An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see https:// www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/ sizestandardstopics/). 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 https:// www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html for additional information). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Jun 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 sized enterprises (SME) 3 and $6,800 for large firms and trade associations/ organizations. The fee for each additional representative (large firm or SME or trade association/organization) is $750. Exclusions The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation and air transportation. Delegate members will however, be able to take advantage of U.S. Government rates for hotel rooms. 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 December 31, 2014. 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 U.S., or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one % U.S. content. In the case of a trade association or organization, the 3 An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations (see https:// www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/ sizestandardstopics/). 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 https:// www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/ initiatives.html for additional information). PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 U.S. or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least fifty-one % 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 products and services that have an interest in entering or expanding their business in the markets of Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. 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 these markets. • Company’s (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies’) potential for business in the markets, 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. E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 123 / Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Notices Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review process. Referrals from political organizations and any documents, 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 (https://www.export.gov/ trademissions/) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade media, 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 December 31, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis beginning June 23, 2014 until the maximum of 20 participants is selected. Applications received after December 31, 2014 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit. Contacts U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, Anne Novak, Tel: 202–482–8178, Email: Anne.Novak@trade.gov U.S. Commercial Service Johannesburg, Brent Omdahl, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, Phone: 27–11– 290–3227, Email: Brent.Omdahl@ trade.gov Elnora Moye, Trade Program Assistant. [FR Doc. 2014–14994 Filed 6–25–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; NIST MEP Client Impact Survey National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Jun 25, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 August 25, 2014. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dede McMahon, deirdre.mcmahon@nist.gov, 301–975– 8328. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract Sponsored by NIST, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a national network of locally based manufacturing extension centers working with small manufacturers to assist them improve their productivity, improve profitability and enhance their economic competitiveness. The information collected will provide the MEP with information regarding MEP Center performance regarding the delivery of technology, and business solutions to U.S.-based manufacturers. The collected information will assist in determining the performance of the MEP Centers at both local and national levels, provide information critical to monitoring and reporting on MEP programmatic performance, and assist management in policy decisions. Responses to the collection of information are mandatory per the regulations governing the operation of the MEP Program (15 CFR parts 290, 291, 292, and H.R. 1274—section 2). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Trade Mission to South Africa and Mozambique, With an Optional 
Stop in Kenya; February 23-27, 2015

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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Mission Description

    The U. S. Department of Commerce, International Trade 
Administration, is organizing an executive-led Trade Mission to South 
Africa and Mozambique, with an optional stop in Kenya. The mission will 
take place February 23-27, 2015, and is designed to help U.S. firms 
find business partners and sell equipment and services. Target sectors 
holding high potential for U.S. exporters include:
     Energy Equipment and Services, such as: Power generation 
(including renewable energy); transmission and distribution, energy 
efficiency, oil and gas exploration and production and project 
development.
     Transportation Infrastructure and Equipment, such as: 
Road, bridge and dam construction and reconstruction; automatic fare 
collection systems, new and refurbished railroad locomotives, new bulk 
car and other dedicated rolling freight fleets, smart signaling and 
rail operation automation, rolling stock depot design, strategic route 
design and network planning, port mobile, weighbridges and quayside 
systems and upgrading of existing port equipment and oil and gas 
development infrastructure.
     Agricultural Equipment, such as: Crop production equipment 
and machinery, irrigation equipment and technology, crop storage and 
handling, precision farming technologies and fertilizers.
     Medical Technologies, such as: Diagnostic imaging 
equipment, laboratory equipment, patient aids, innovative minimally 
invasive devices and dental and optometry equipment.
    Although focused on the sectors above, the mission also will 
consider participation from companies in other appropriate sectors as 
space permits.
    The mission will go to Johannesburg, South Africa and Maputo, 
Mozambique. In addition, there will be an optional stop in Nairobi, 
Kenya before the Johannesburg stop.
    Led by a senior executive of the Department of Commerce, the trade 
mission will include one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened 
potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; 
meetings with national and regional government officials, chambers of 
commerce, and business groups; and networking receptions. The mission 
will help participating firms and trade associations gain market 
insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and 
advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports to 
Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. Participating in this official U.S. 
industry delegation, rather than traveling on their own, will enhance 
delegates' abilities to secure meetings in these markets.

Commercial Setting

    Kenya, with a population of 43 million, is the dominant economy in 
Eastern Africa. Given its position as the economic, commercial, and 
logistical

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hub of East Africa, more U.S. companies are investing in Kenya and 
setting up local and regional operations there. Kenya's first election 
under a new constitution with a devolved government structure was held 
in April 2013, and should position it for further growth.
    Kenya also boasts a large number of well-educated English-speaking, 
and multi-lingual professionals, and a strong entrepreneurial 
tradition. Doing business in Kenya includes a number of challenges, 
such as poverty, crime, unemployment, limited infrastructure, and 
corruption.
    South Africa, a country of 52 million people, has the most 
advanced, broad-based industrial economy in Africa, enjoys relative 
macroeconomic stability and boasts sound financial, legal and 
accounting institutions. It remains the primary choice for U.S. 
companies wishing to develop the promising markets of sub-Saharan 
Africa, although it suffers from large disparities in income 
distribution, and has recently seen its international credit rating 
slip. In 2012 South Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.0% 
to $417 billion.
    Mozambique, with a population of 23 million, grew its economy from 
1994 to 2009 at an average rate of 8% per year--one of the fastest 
rates of growth of any sub-Saharan African economy over this period. In 
2013, GDP reached $15 billion. While the country was devastated after 
the war in 1992, it has since benefited from macroeconomic reforms and 
large foreign investment projects.
    Though infrastructure remains weak and the population is still 
largely rural, the government is committed to building a strong 
commercial environment. U.S. investment in the energy sector, 
particularly off-shore natural gas, is expected to grow tremendously in 
the next several years, though the U.S. has traditionally been a 
relatively minor trading partner.

Best Prospects in Targeted Sectors

Energy

Kenya
    In response to strong economic growth and increasing demand for 
electricity, Kenya is focused on developing its power generation and 
transmission and distribution infrastructure. Today, Kenya is faced 
with numerous brownouts, blackouts, and power surges that damage 
equipment and necessitate emergency power, driving up the cost of 
electricity. The supply deficit and costly short-term solutions impede 
economic growth, and reduce the competitiveness of Kenya's private 
sector in the region. With only 25% of the population connected to the 
grid, the Kenyan government plans to connect an additional 5000MW of 
power and reduce electricity tariffs by 40% by 2016.
    Kenya principally relies on hydropower, whose supply is impacted by 
drought; and thermal power, which is sensitive to global fuel prices. 
However, extensive plans are underway to develop geothermal, wind, and 
other renewable energy sources. Kenya has world-class potential for 
geothermal energy production with development in other renewable energy 
sectors expected.
    Kenya is an increasingly promising player in the booming East 
Africa oil and gas market. The multiple onshore discoveries announced 
since 2012 have led exploration and production companies to sound 
optimistic notes about the country's potential. One firm estimates that 
Kenya's resource base could amount to 10 billion barrels, though 
exploration is still in early phases. The greatest enthusiasm surrounds 
offshore resources, where drillers hope to replicate Mozambique and 
Tanzania's vast natural gas discoveries.
South Africa
    Electricity supply constraints are significant and are expected to 
remain a feature of South Africa's social and economic landscape for 
several years to come. ESKOM, the government owned power utility, with 
a virtual monopoly on generation, transmission and distribution 
(responsible for around 95% of local generation) is experiencing 
budgetary and infrastructure challenges. As a result of these 
challenges, the government has put a renewed focus on the increased 
generation of power, increased energy efficiency and decreased 
consumption. ESKOM's reserve of power has recently become so low that 
it has been forced to utilize its contractual rights with large 
industrial users to require them to reduce consumption at critical 
times. It has also been forced to use expensive diesel to power 
generators at peak load periods. Though there is current and planned 
infrastructure investment to ensure future supply, there have been 
significant delays in bringing these planned power generation 
facilities on line.
    ESKOM is currently investigating smart grid as an option to manage 
peak load demand. Renewable energy programs have also been introduced 
in order to facilitate clean renewable independent energy production. 
The government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer 
Procurement program (REIPPP) has been relatively successful and marks 
the first time independent power producers have been allowed to sell 
power back to the grid. However, local content requirements, which have 
increased in recent months, may limit potential U.S. exports.
    Further capital expenditure is ongoing with the two large scale 
coal-fired plants under construction (Medupi Power Station (4800 MW) 
and Kusile Power Station (4800 MW) as well as a pumped storage project 
(1332 MW) and a wind energy facility (100 MW). In a recent state of the 
nation address, President Zuma also reintroduced a plan to bring 
nuclear energy back to the fore in South Africa.
    South Africa boasts the world's eighth largest supply of 
technically recoverable shale gas resources, according to the U.S. 
Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. In 2012, the 
government lifted a moratorium on exploring the country's estimated 390 
trillion cubic feet (tcf) of unconventional deposits. While licenses 
have yet to be issued, President Zuma in June announced that the 
government would proceed with shale gas development plans, indicating 
the government's willingness to move forward with development in the 
sector.
Mozambique
    Mozambique is set to become one of the world's largest new 
suppliers of natural gas. The country's massive offshore discoveries 
have launched a scramble among exploration and production companies to 
develop these new-found resources. Although much of the Mozambique's 
offshore acreage still remains underexplored, one U.S. company has 
already announced finds totaling some 45-65 tcf of recoverable gas 
reserves. By some estimates, the country's vast resources could support 
up to ten LNG trains, and developers aim to begin LNG exports in 2018.
    Mozambique is a net exporter of energy. The vast majority of power 
produced in the country comes from the Cahora Bassa hydro-power scheme 
in central Mozambique, where a planned multi-million dollar ``North 
Bank'' expansion with potential opportunities for U.S. suppliers. It 
will add an additional 1250 MW with transmission lines to South Africa, 
the South African Power Pool, Maputo, and Northern Mozambique. Planning 
for a second multi-billion dollar, 1500-plus MW hydropower dam 35 miles 
downstream at Mphanda Nkuwa is well underway, and the operators are 
expected to

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finalize financing this year, with commercial operations due to start 
as early as 2017.

Transportation Infrastructure and Equipment

Kenya
    Kenya enjoys an extensive, but uneven, infrastructure that is still 
superior in many cases to that of its neighbors. Nairobi is the 
undisputed transportation hub of Eastern and Central Africa and the 
largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg. The Port of Mombasa is the 
most important deep-water port in the region, supplying the shipping 
needs of more than a dozen countries despite persistent deficiencies in 
equipment, inefficiency and corruption. As a result of these 
deficiencies, the Port of Mombasa has been earmarked for major 
expansion and re-habilitation.
    Kenya's ``Vision 2030'' infrastructure development plans call for 
significant improvements to the provision of water, renewable energy, 
ICT, housing, roads, bridges, railways, seaports and airports over the 
next 20 years. The construction industry in Kenya is driven primarily 
by two key infrastructure sectors: Transportation and housing, given 
the large housing deficit that exists in Kenya. Construction and 
infrastructure development will also present new opportunities, 
especially with the passage of the new public-private partnership (PPP) 
law which will make government procurements more transparent and less 
risky. This development was supported by the massive road 
infrastructure projects and the high demand for decent housing due to 
rapidly expanding population.
South Africa
    South Africa's government has announced and allocated initial 
funding for significant transportation infrastructure capital 
investments. In 2012 the government announced the allocation of funding 
for investments estimated at over $90 billion over 15 years. Though 
there have been complaints of slow implementation, leading some 
contractors to re-focus business elsewhere in the continent, in late 
2013 and early 2014 commitments were made to procure passenger rolling 
stock, locomotives, signaling and track upgrades. Also, the development 
of the significant Durban phase 2 port extension (in the old Durban 
International Airport precinct) has been initiated.
    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) of the SA 
Department of Transport (SADOT) in March 2012 announced a 20-year rail 
improvement program estimated at more than $13.6 billion. Of this, $1.3 
billion will be invested in signaling, new depots, modern stations and 
integrated ticketing, while $1.1 billion is being spent on new 
locomotives.
    The State Owned Enterprise (SOE), Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and 
others are considering finalizing logistics projects such as upgrading 
the Sishen--Saldanha Bay ore line, the Richard Bay coal line and other 
new coal line networks in the northwest. Transnet's rail and port 
projects are reportedly set to cost around $30 billion over seven years 
and include augmenting the tractive and bulk car fleet, signaling, 
maintenance, advanced train management systems and network expansion/
concession models. For the second large diesel locomotive program of 
465 units, one U.S. and one Chinese manufacturer were selected as 
preferred bidders in February 2014.
    Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), the port operating SOE is set to 
invest $3.3 billion over the next seven years for the expansion and 
improvement of its bulk and container terminals. Significant capacity-
creating projects included the expansion of the Durban Container 
Terminal's (DCT's) Pier 1 that would increase its capacity from 700,000 
twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 820,000 TEUs by 2013 and 1.2 
million TEUs by 2016/17. Other expansion projects include the Ngqura 
Container Terminal, Durban Ro-Ro and Maydon Wharf terminal, the iron-
ore bulk terminal at the Port of Saldanha and the ageing Richards Bay 
Terminal where $370 million is set aside for mobile and quayside 
equipment, as well as weighbridges.
Mozambique
    Transport networks and infrastructure will be instrumental to 
developing Mozambique's growth potential in the near and long term. The 
recently concluded $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation 
compact funded extensive rehabilitation of key roads, a dam, and a 
water supply project in two northern provinces. The Government of 
Mozambique is investing heavily in expanding rail and port capacity to 
manage the rising production of mineral resources. A rail line to the 
deepest natural port on the East Coast of Africa should significantly 
lower coal transport costs, and two foreign companies have recently 
been contracted to begin work on a new rail line ending at Macuze port. 
As total coal exports are projected to reach 40 million tons per year 
by 2015 and long term estimates are in the range of 100 million tons 
per year, infrastructure around this sector remains a priority. In 
addition, rapid investment in infrastructure to support planned LNG 
projects in northern Mozambique, one of its least developed regions, 
could bring vast opportunities to U.S. firms.

Agricultural Equipment

Kenya
    Agriculture remains the backbone of Kenya's economy. It accounts 
for about 24% of GDP directly and 75% of the labor force indirectly. 
Cash crop (tea, coffee, and horticulture), food crops (maize, wheat and 
rice), and livestock dominate the agricultural sector. Kenyan 
agriculture faces many challenges. It is predominately rainfall 
dependent and thus subject to wide production variances. It is 
undercapitalized, implying low technological absorption resulting in 
low productivity. Small-scale farmers contribute about 75% to the 
country's total value of agricultural output and account for nearly 85% 
of total employment in the agricultural sector. These attributes, 
coupled with challenges arising from limited institutional capacity, 
poor infrastructure, and risks associated with liberalized markets, 
explain the relative stagnation of agricultural productivity and 
incomes.
    Kenya's horticulture industry is a major export success in Africa. 
It is almost entirely dominated by the private sector and provides many 
opportunities for increased importation of fertilizers, pesticides and 
equipment. Similar opportunities lie in Kenya's floriculture industry, 
which is the leading exporter of fresh cut flowers to the flower 
auction in Holland. Other important commodities include maize, tea, 
coffee, sugarcane and wheat, which will require additional use of 
fertilizers as production grows. The government has embarked on a 
mechanization program to see the increase in use of more modern means 
of farming so as to increase output. In addition, the government has 
set aside 1.2 million acres of land for irrigation that will grow 
maize, wheat and livestock farming. Agricultural equipment is tax 
exempt under the VAT Act 2013 to provide support to the sector.
    Kenya imports virtually all of its agricultural chemicals as there 
is no significant local production. Unlike many sub-Saharan African 
countries, Kenya's fertilizer use has almost doubled since the 
liberalization of the market in the 1990s, and the removal of 
government price controls and import licensing quotas. The growth in 
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been noted especially among the smallholder farmers in growth of both 
food crops (maize, domestic horticulture) and export crops (tea, 
coffee). Growth in the industry is largely due to huge private 
investment in both importation and retailing of fertilizers. Fertilizer 
is also tax exempted under the new VAT Act.
South Africa
    South Africa has by far the most modern, productive and diverse 
agricultural economy in Sub Saharan Africa. Agriculture in South Africa 
remains an important sector despite its relatively small contribution 
to the GDP. The sector plays an important role in terms of job 
creation, especially in rural areas, but is also a foremost earner of 
foreign exchange.
    South Africa has a market-oriented agricultural economy that is 
highly diversified, including production of all the major grains 
(except rice), oilseeds, deciduous and subtropical fruits, sugar, 
citrus, wine and most vegetables. Livestock production includes cattle, 
dairy, pigs, sheep, and a well-developed broiler and egg industry. 
Value-added sector activities include slaughtering, processing and 
preserving of meat; processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables; 
dairy products; grain mill products; crushing of oilseeds; prepared 
animal feeds; and sugar refining amongst other food products. South 
Africa also exports wine, corn, mohair, groundnuts, karakul pelts, 
sugar, and wool.
    South Africa offers U.S. exporters in the agricultural equipment 
and technology sector a wide range of opportunities. Five % of all new 
agriculture equipment is being produced locally; ninety five % of all 
agriculture equipment and parts are being sourced from international 
markets, and at least twenty % of new equipment and technologies are 
currently being sourced from the U.S.
Mozambique
    Agriculture currently accounts for 81% of national employment and 
32% of GDP. Mozambique requires great investment to drive the adoption 
of new technology in agriculture, which is needed for growth in the 
sector to keep pace with the country's overall GDP growth.
    Mozambique, the size of Texas and Louisiana combined, boasts 36 
million hectares of arable land, yet 85% of it (30.6 million hectares) 
is unutilized and only 3% of all potential agricultural land is under 
irrigation. Mozambique's vast potential in the agriculture sector has 
prompted major U.S. agribusiness companies to consider establishing 
commercial farms there.

Medical Technologies

Kenya
    The Kenyan healthcare market relies almost entirely on imports of 
medical devices, pharmaceuticals (at least 70-80%), dental products, 
laboratory equipment, healthcare IT, clinical chemistry and 
diagnostics. As a result, U.S. healthcare suppliers are in an excellent 
position to increase their market share in Kenya due to technical 
competitiveness in quality and reliability.
    Leading private sector hospitals are very active in modernizing 
their medical equipment inventories, while public sector hospitals are 
constantly re-equipping with improved budgetary allocations. There are 
concerted efforts by the Government of Kenya to attain universal 
healthcare for all Kenyans by 2030. Additionally, there are 47 county 
governments recently established, each of which is responsible for 
providing health facilities and services. It is expected that that a 
large portion of their funding from the central government will be used 
to re-equip county health facilities.
South Africa
    South Africa's health sector is considered the most developed in 
Africa, with expenditures estimated at 31.6 billion (2013), 9% of GDP. 
Healthcare is divided into public (50% of total spent on 80% of the 
population) and private (50% of total on 20% of the population). 
Government spending is likely to increase as they further develop and 
support the roll-out of the National Health Initiative scheme. 
Healthcare in the private sector is on par with first-world standards.
    Over 90% of the medical market is imported, with the U.S. being the 
dominant supplier. There are good opportunities for U.S. medical device 
manufacturers, notably in diagnostic imaging and patient aids.
Mozambique
    The U.S. alone has invested over $1.9 billion in healthcare in 
Mozambique via the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 
In fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Government supported the health sector 
with over $340 million toward HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, maternal 
child health, family planning reproductive health, nutrition and water 
and sanitation programming. These efforts are coordinated with the 
Government of Mozambique to improve quality and access to health care 
services. National spending on health has grown and U.S. companies can 
play a key role in improving the health and livelihoods of Mozambicans.

Mission Goals

    The goal of this trade mission is to provide U.S. participants with 
first-hand market information, and 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 these 
markets.

Mission Scenario

    This mission will visit Johannesburg and Maputo, following an 
optional stop in Nairobi, allowing participants to access the largest 
markets and business centers in these countries.

Proposed Mission Timetable

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          Day of week                Location             Activity
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Sunday, Feb. 22...............  Nairobi..........  Companies
                                                    participating in the
                                                    Kenya portion arrive
                                                    Nairobi.
Monday, Feb. 23...............  Nairobi..........  Welcome Breakfast.
                                                   Briefing by U.S.
                                                    Embassy.
                                                   One-on-one business
                                                    appointments.
                                                   Evening business
                                                    reception.
Tuesday Feb. 24...............  Nairobi..........  One-on-one business
                                                    appointments
                                                    continue as time
                                                    permits.
                                                   Depart for
                                                    Johannesburg.
                                Johannesburg.....  Companies
                                                    participating in
                                                    South Africa and
                                                    Mozambique portion
                                                    arrive in
                                                    Johannesburg.
Wednesday, Feb. 25............  Johannesburg.....  Briefing by U.S.
                                                    Consulate Staff.
                                                   One-on-one business
                                                    meetings.
                                                   Evening business
                                                    reception.

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Thursday, Feb. 26.............  Johannesburg.....  One-on-one meetings
                                                    continue.
                                                   Companies depart for
                                                    Maputo.
                                Maputo...........  Evening business
                                                    reception.
Friday, Feb. 27...............  Maputo...........  Briefing by U.S.
                                                    Embassy.
                                                   One-on-one business
                                                    appointments.
                                                   Mission 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 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 for the Kenya portion is $1950 for small or medium-
sized enterprises (SME),\1\ trade associations/organizations, and large 
firms. The fee for each additional representative (large firm or SME or 
trade association/organization) is $350.
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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 https://www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/
sizestandardstopics/). 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 https://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information).
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    The participation fee for the Mozambique and South Africa portion 
is $3,450 for small or medium-sized enterprises (SME) \2\, and $4,850 
for large firms and trade associations/organizations. The fee for each 
additional representative (large firm or SME or trade association/
organization) is $750.
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    \2\ An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or 
that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations 
(see https://www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/
sizestandardstopics/). 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 https://www.export.gov/newsletter/march2008/initiatives.html for additional information).
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    The participation fee for all three countries is $5,400 for small 
or medium-sized enterprises (SME) \3\ and $6,800 for large firms and 
trade associations/organizations. The fee for each additional 
representative (large firm or SME or trade association/organization) is 
$750.
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    \3\ An SME is defined as a firm with 500 or fewer employees or 
that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations 
(see https://www.sba.gov/services/contracting opportunities/
sizestandardstopics/). 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 https://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 and air 
transportation. Delegate members will however, be able to take 
advantage of U.S. Government rates for hotel rooms. 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 
December 31, 2014. 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 U.S., 
or, if not, are marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at 
least fifty-one % 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 U.S. or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at 
least fifty-one % 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 products and services 
that have an interest in entering or expanding their business in the 
markets of Kenya, South Africa and Mozambique. 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 these markets.
     Company's (or in the case of a trade association/
organization, represented companies') potential for business in the 
markets, 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.

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    Additional factors, such as diversity of company size, type, 
location, and demographics, may also be considered during the review 
process.
    Referrals from political organizations and any documents, 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 (https://www.export.gov/trademissions/
) and other Internet Web sites, press releases to general and trade 
media, 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 December 31, 2014. The U.S. Department of Commerce will 
review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis 
beginning June 23, 2014 until the maximum of 20 participants is 
selected. Applications received after December 31, 2014 will be 
considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contacts

U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, Anne Novak, Tel: 202-482-
8178, Email: Anne.Novak@trade.gov
U.S. Commercial Service Johannesburg, Brent Omdahl, Deputy Senior 
Commercial Officer, Phone: 27-11-290-3227, Email: 
Brent.Omdahl@trade.gov

Elnora Moye,
Trade Program Assistant.
[FR Doc. 2014-14994 Filed 6-25-14; 8:45 am]
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