Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select Service for Calendar Year 2017, 74760-74762 [2015-30328]

Download as PDF 74760 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 229 / Monday, November 30, 2015 / Notices will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. The Department intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Assessment Rates Upon issuance of the final results, the Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review. If the preliminary results are unchanged for the final results we will instruct CBP to apply an ad valorem assessment rate of 22.00 percent to all entries of subject merchandise during the POR which were produced and/or exported by KME Italy. We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of review. Cash Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of BSS from Italy entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(2) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the reviewed company will be the rate established in the final results of this review; (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-than-fair-value investigation but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding for the manufacturer of the merchandise; (4) if neither the exporter nor the manufacturer has its own rate, the cash deposit rate will be 5.44 percent. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notifications to Importers This notice serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:23 Nov 27, 2015 Jkt 238001 of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. Notification to Interested Parties We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: November 20, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum A. Summary B. Background C. Scope of the Order D. Discussion of the Methodology 1. Use of Facts Otherwise Available a. Use of Facts Available b. Application of Facts Available With an Adverse Inference c. Selection and Corroboration of Information Used as Facts Available E. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2015–30340 Filed 11–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Docket No.: 151106999–5999–01] Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select Service for Calendar Year 2017 International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and call for applications. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), International Trade Administration (ITA) announces that it will begin accepting applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) Select service for calendar year 2017 (January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017). This announcement sets out the objectives, procedures and application review criteria for IBP Select. Under IBP Select, ITA recruits international buyers to U.S. trade shows to meet with U.S suppliers exhibiting at those shows. The main difference between IBP and IBP Select is that IBP offers worldwide promotion, whereas IBP Select focuses on promotion and recruitment in up to five international markets. Specifically, through the IBP Select, the DOC selects domestic trade shows that will receive DOC assistance in the form of targeted promotion and recruitment in up to five SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 foreign markets, export counseling to exhibitors, and export counseling and matchmaking services at the trade show. This notice covers selection for IBP Select participation during calendar year 2017. DATES: Applications for IBP Select must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016. ADDRESSES: The application form can be found at www.export.gov/ibp. Applications may be submitted by any of the following methods: (1) Mail/Hand Delivery Service: International Buyer Program, Trade Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 800—Mezzanine Level—Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; (2) Facsimile: (202) 482–7800; or (3) email: IBP2017@trade.gov. Facsimile and email applications will be accepted as interim applications, and must be followed by a signed original application that is received by the program no later than five (5) business days after the application deadline. To ensure that applications are received by the deadline, applicants are strongly urged to send applications by express delivery service (e.g., U.S. Postal Service Express Delivery, Federal Express, UPS, etc.). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vidya Desai, Acting Director, International Buyer Program, Trade Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M—Mezzanine Level—Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone (202) 482–2311; Facsimile: (202) 482–7800; Email: IBP2017@ trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The IBP was established in the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100–418, title II, § 2304, codified at 15 U.S.C. 4724) to bring international buyers together with U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with high export potential. The IBP emphasizes cooperation between the DOC and trade show organizers to benefit U.S. firms exhibiting at selected events and provides practical, hands-on assistance such as export counseling and market analysis to U.S. companies interested in exporting. Shows selected for the IBP Select will provide a venue for U.S. companies interested in expanding their sales into international markets. Through the IBP, the DOC selects trade shows that DOC determines to be leading trade shows with participation by U.S. firms interested in exporting. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 229 / Monday, November 30, 2015 / Notices DOC provides successful applicants with assistance in the form of targeted overseas promotion of the show by U.S. Embassies and Consulates; outreach to show participants about exporting; recruitment of potential buyers to attend the events; and staff assistance in setting up and staffing international trade centers at the events. Targeted promotion in up to five markets can be executed through the overseas offices of ITA or in U.S. Embassies in countries where ITA does not maintain offices. ITA is accepting applications for IBP Select from trade show organizers of trade events taking place between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Selection of a trade show for IBP Select is valid for one event. A trade show organizer seeking selection for a recurring event must submit a new application for selection for each occurrence of the event. For events that occur more than once in a calendar year, the trade show organizer must submit a separate application for each event. There is no fee required to submit an application. For IBP Select in calendar year 2017, ITA expects to select approximately 8 events from among the applicants. ITA will select those events that are determined to most clearly support the statutory mandate in 15 U.S.C. 4721 to promote U.S. exports, especially those of small- and mediumsized enterprises, and that best meet the selection criteria articulated below. Once selected, applicants will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOC, and submit payment of the $6,000 2017 participation fee (by check or credit card) within 30 days of written notification of acceptance into IBP Select. The MOA constitutes an agreement between the DOC and the show organizer specifying which responsibilities for international promotion and export assistance services at the trade shows are to be undertaken by the DOC as part of the IBP Select and, in turn, which responsibilities are to be undertaken by the show organizer. Anyone requesting application information will be sent a sample copy of the MOA along with the application form and a copy of this Federal Register Notice. Applicants are encouraged to review the MOA closely, as IBP Select participants are expected to comply with all terms, conditions, and obligations in the MOA. Trade show organizer obligations include the construction of an International Trade Center at the trade show, production of an export interest directory, and provision of complimentary hotel accommodations for DOC staff as explained in the MOA. ITA VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:23 Nov 27, 2015 Jkt 238001 responsibilities include targeted promotion of the trade show and, where feasible, recruitment of international buyers to that show from up to five target markets identified, provision of on-site export assistance to U.S. exhibitors at the show, and the reporting of results to the show organizer. Selection as an IBP Select show does not constitute a guarantee by DOC of the show’s success. IBP Select participation status is not an endorsement of the show except as to its international buyer activities. Non-selection of an applicant for IBP Select status should not be viewed as a determination that the event will not be successful in promoting U.S. exports. Eligibility: 2017 U.S. trade events with 1,350 or fewer exhibitors are eligible to apply, through the show organizer, for IBP Select participation. First-time events will also be considered. Exclusions: U.S. trade shows with over 1,350 exhibitors will not be considered for IBP Select. General Evaluation Criteria: ITA will evaluate applicants for IBP Select using the following criteria: (a) Export Potential: The trade show promotes products and services from U.S. industries that have high export potential, as determined by DOC sources, including industry analysts’ assessment of export potential, ITA best prospects lists, and U.S. export analysis. (b) Level of International Interest: The trade show meets the needs of a significant number of overseas markets and corresponds to marketing opportunities as identified by ITA. Previous international attendance at the show may be used as an indicator. (c) Scope of the Show: The event must offer a broad spectrum of U.S. made products and services for the subject industry. Trade shows with a majority of U.S. firms as exhibitors are given priority. (d) U.S. Content of Show Exhibitors: Trade shows with exhibitors featuring a high percentage of products produced in the United States or products with a high degree of U.S. content will be preferred. (e) Stature of the Show: The trade show is clearly recognized by the industry it covers as a leading event for the promotion of that industry’s products and services both domestically and internationally, and as a showplace for the latest technology or services in that industry. (f) Level of Exhibitor Interest: There is significant interest on the part of U.S. exhibitors in receiving international business visitors during the trade show. A significant number of U.S. exhibitors PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74761 should be new-to-export or seeking to expand their sales into additional export markets. (g) Level of Overseas Marketing: There has been a demonstrated effort by the applicant to market prior shows overseas. In addition, the applicant should describe in detail the international marketing program to be conducted for the event, and explain how efforts should increase individual and group international attendance. (h) Level of Cooperation: The applicant demonstrates a willingness to cooperate with ITA to fulfill the program’s goals and adhere to the target dates set out in the MOA and in the event timetables, both of which are available from the program office (see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above). Past experience in the IBP will be taken into account in evaluating the applications received. (i) Delegation Incentives: Waived or reduced (by at least 50%) admission fees are required for international attendees who are participating in IBP Select. Delegation leaders also must be provided complimentary admission to the event. In addition, show organizers should offer a range of incentives to delegations and/or delegation leaders recruited by the DOC overseas posts. Examples of incentives to international visitors and to organized delegations include: Special organized events, such as receptions, meetings with association executives, briefings, and site tours; or complimentary accommodations for delegation leaders. Review Process: ITA will vet all applications received based on the criteria set out in this notice. Vetting will include soliciting input from ITA industry analysts, as well as domestic and international field offices, focusing primarily on the export potential, level of international interest, and stature of the show. In reviewing applications, ITA will also consider sector and calendar diversity in terms of the need to allocate resources to support selected events. Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications for 2017 IBP Select are required to submit: (1) A narrative statement addressing each question in the application, OMB 0625–0143 (found at www.export.gov/ibp); and (2) a signed statement that ‘‘The above information provided is correct and the applicant will abide by the terms set forth in this Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select (January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017);’’ on or before the deadline noted above. Applications for IBP Select must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016. There is no fee required to apply. ITA E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 74762 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 229 / Monday, November 30, 2015 / Notices expects to issue the results of this process in April 2016. Legal Authority: The statutory program authority for ITA to conduct the IBP is 15 U.S.C. 4724. ITA has the legal authority to enter into MOAs with show organizers under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), as amended (22 U.S.C.s 2455(f) and 2458(c)). MECEA allows ITA to accept contributions of funds and services from firms for the purposes of furthering its mission. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements of the application to this program (0625–0143) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (OMB Control No. 0625–0143). Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. For further information please contact: Vidya Desai, Acting Director, International Buyer Program (IBP2017@ trade.gov). Frank Spector, Trade Promotion Programs. [FR Doc. 2015–30328 Filed 11–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Meeting of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an open meeting. AGENCY: The United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board) will hold an open meeting via teleconference on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The Board was re-chartered in August 2015 and advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. travel and tourism industry. The purpose of the meeting is for Board members to review and deliberate on a recommendation focused on expanding and protecting the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The final agenda will be posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Board at http://trade.gov/ttab, at least one week in advance of the meeting. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:23 Nov 27, 2015 Jkt 238001 Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. The deadline for members of the public to register, including requests to make comments during the meeting and for auxiliary aids, or to submit written comments for dissemination prior to the meeting, is 5 p.m. EST on December 9, 2015. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held by conference call. The call-in number and passcode will be provided by email to registrants. Requests to register (including to speak or for auxiliary aids) and any written comments should be submitted to: U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4043, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; email: archana.sahgal@ trade.gov. Members of the public are encouraged to submit registration requests and written comments via email to ensure timely receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Archana Sahgal, the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, Room 4043, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: 202–482–4501, email: archana.sahgal@ trade.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 23, 2015. Archana Sahgal, Executive Secretary, United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. [FR Doc. 2015–30284 Filed 11–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Meeting of the United States Manufacturing Council International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an open meeting. AGENCY: Background: The Board advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. travel and tourism industry. Public Participation: The meeting will be open to the public and will be accessible to people with disabilities. All guests are required to register in advance by the deadline identified under the DATES caption. Requests for auxiliary aids must be submitted by the registration deadline. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. There will be fifteen (15) minutes allotted for oral comments from members of the public joining the call. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments may be limited to three (3) minutes per person. Individuals wishing to reserve speaking time during the meeting must submit a request at the time of registration, as well as the name and address of the proposed speaker. If the number of registrants requesting to make statements is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the meeting, the International Trade Administration may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers. Speakers are requested to submit a written copy of their prepared remarks by 5:00 p.m. on December 9, 2015, for inclusion in the meeting records and for circulation to the members of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. PO 00000 In addition, any member of the public may submit pertinent written comments concerning the Board’s affairs at any time before or after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to Archana Sahgal at the contact information indicated above. To be considered during the meeting, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on December 9, 2015, to ensure transmission to the Board prior to the meeting. Comments received after that date and time will be distributed to the members but may not be considered on the call. Copies of Board meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting. The United States Manufacturing Council (Council) will hold an open meeting via teleconference on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The Council was established in April 2004 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry. The purpose of the meeting is for Council members to review and deliberate on a recommendation by the Energy Subcommittee focused on trade missions. The final agenda will be posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Council at http:// www.trade.gov/manufacturingcouncil/, at least one week in advance of the meeting. DATES: Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. The deadline for members of the public to register, including requests to make comments during the meeting and for auxiliary aids, or to submit written comments for dissemination prior to the meeting, is 5 p.m. EST on December 9, 2015. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held by conference call. The call-in number and passcode will be provided by email to registrants. Requests to register (including to speak or for auxiliary aids) and any written comments should be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[Docket No.: 151106999-5999-01]


Call for Applications for the International Buyer Program Select 
Service for Calendar Year 2017

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and call for applications.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), International Trade 
Administration (ITA) announces that it will begin accepting 
applications for the International Buyer Program (IBP) Select service 
for calendar year 2017 (January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017). 
This announcement sets out the objectives, procedures and application 
review criteria for IBP Select. Under IBP Select, ITA recruits 
international buyers to U.S. trade shows to meet with U.S suppliers 
exhibiting at those shows. The main difference between IBP and IBP 
Select is that IBP offers worldwide promotion, whereas IBP Select 
focuses on promotion and recruitment in up to five international 
markets. Specifically, through the IBP Select, the DOC selects domestic 
trade shows that will receive DOC assistance in the form of targeted 
promotion and recruitment in up to five foreign markets, export 
counseling to exhibitors, and export counseling and matchmaking 
services at the trade show. This notice covers selection for IBP Select 
participation during calendar year 2017.

DATES: Applications for IBP Select must be received by Friday, January 
8, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The application form can be found at www.export.gov/ibp. 
Applications may be submitted by any of the following methods: (1) 
Mail/Hand Delivery Service: International Buyer Program, Trade 
Promotion Programs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 
800--Mezzanine Level--Atrium North, Washington, DC 20004; (2) 
Facsimile: (202) 482-7800; or (3) email: IBP2017@trade.gov. Facsimile 
and email applications will be accepted as interim applications, and 
must be followed by a signed original application that is received by 
the program no later than five (5) business days after the application 
deadline. To ensure that applications are received by the deadline, 
applicants are strongly urged to send applications by express delivery 
service (e.g., U.S. Postal Service Express Delivery, Federal Express, 
UPS, etc.).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vidya Desai, Acting Director, 
International Buyer Program, Trade Promotion Programs, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1300 Pennsylvania 
Ave. NW., Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 800M--Mezzanine Level--Atrium 
North, Washington, DC 20004; Telephone (202) 482-2311; Facsimile: (202) 
482-7800; Email: IBP2017@trade.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The IBP was established in the Omnibus Trade 
and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (Pub. L. 100-418, title II, Sec.  2304, 
codified at 15 U.S.C. 4724) to bring international buyers together with 
U.S. firms by promoting leading U.S. trade shows in industries with 
high export potential. The IBP emphasizes cooperation between the DOC 
and trade show organizers to benefit U.S. firms exhibiting at selected 
events and provides practical, hands-on assistance such as export 
counseling and market analysis to U.S. companies interested in 
exporting. Shows selected for the IBP Select will provide a venue for 
U.S. companies interested in expanding their sales into international 
markets.
    Through the IBP, the DOC selects trade shows that DOC determines to 
be leading trade shows with participation by U.S. firms interested in 
exporting.

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DOC provides successful applicants with assistance in the form of 
targeted overseas promotion of the show by U.S. Embassies and 
Consulates; outreach to show participants about exporting; recruitment 
of potential buyers to attend the events; and staff assistance in 
setting up and staffing international trade centers at the events. 
Targeted promotion in up to five markets can be executed through the 
overseas offices of ITA or in U.S. Embassies in countries where ITA 
does not maintain offices.
    ITA is accepting applications for IBP Select from trade show 
organizers of trade events taking place between January 1, 2017, and 
December 31, 2017. Selection of a trade show for IBP Select is valid 
for one event. A trade show organizer seeking selection for a recurring 
event must submit a new application for selection for each occurrence 
of the event. For events that occur more than once in a calendar year, 
the trade show organizer must submit a separate application for each 
event.
    There is no fee required to submit an application. For IBP Select 
in calendar year 2017, ITA expects to select approximately 8 events 
from among the applicants. ITA will select those events that are 
determined to most clearly support the statutory mandate in 15 U.S.C. 
4721 to promote U.S. exports, especially those of small- and medium-
sized enterprises, and that best meet the selection criteria 
articulated below. Once selected, applicants will be required to enter 
into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DOC, and submit payment 
of the $6,000 2017 participation fee (by check or credit card) within 
30 days of written notification of acceptance into IBP Select. The MOA 
constitutes an agreement between the DOC and the show organizer 
specifying which responsibilities for international promotion and 
export assistance services at the trade shows are to be undertaken by 
the DOC as part of the IBP Select and, in turn, which responsibilities 
are to be undertaken by the show organizer. Anyone requesting 
application information will be sent a sample copy of the MOA along 
with the application form and a copy of this Federal Register Notice. 
Applicants are encouraged to review the MOA closely, as IBP Select 
participants are expected to comply with all terms, conditions, and 
obligations in the MOA. Trade show organizer obligations include the 
construction of an International Trade Center at the trade show, 
production of an export interest directory, and provision of 
complimentary hotel accommodations for DOC staff as explained in the 
MOA. ITA responsibilities include targeted promotion of the trade show 
and, where feasible, recruitment of international buyers to that show 
from up to five target markets identified, provision of on-site export 
assistance to U.S. exhibitors at the show, and the reporting of results 
to the show organizer.
    Selection as an IBP Select show does not constitute a guarantee by 
DOC of the show's success. IBP Select participation status is not an 
endorsement of the show except as to its international buyer 
activities. Non-selection of an applicant for IBP Select status should 
not be viewed as a determination that the event will not be successful 
in promoting U.S. exports.
    Eligibility: 2017 U.S. trade events with 1,350 or fewer exhibitors 
are eligible to apply, through the show organizer, for IBP Select 
participation. First-time events will also be considered.
    Exclusions: U.S. trade shows with over 1,350 exhibitors will not be 
considered for IBP Select.
    General Evaluation Criteria: ITA will evaluate applicants for IBP 
Select using the following criteria:
    (a) Export Potential: The trade show promotes products and services 
from U.S. industries that have high export potential, as determined by 
DOC sources, including industry analysts' assessment of export 
potential, ITA best prospects lists, and U.S. export analysis.
    (b) Level of International Interest: The trade show meets the needs 
of a significant number of overseas markets and corresponds to 
marketing opportunities as identified by ITA. Previous international 
attendance at the show may be used as an indicator.
    (c) Scope of the Show: The event must offer a broad spectrum of 
U.S. made products and services for the subject industry. Trade shows 
with a majority of U.S. firms as exhibitors are given priority.
    (d) U.S. Content of Show Exhibitors: Trade shows with exhibitors 
featuring a high percentage of products produced in the United States 
or products with a high degree of U.S. content will be preferred.
    (e) Stature of the Show: The trade show is clearly recognized by 
the industry it covers as a leading event for the promotion of that 
industry's products and services both domestically and internationally, 
and as a showplace for the latest technology or services in that 
industry.
    (f) Level of Exhibitor Interest: There is significant interest on 
the part of U.S. exhibitors in receiving international business 
visitors during the trade show. A significant number of U.S. exhibitors 
should be new-to-export or seeking to expand their sales into 
additional export markets.
    (g) Level of Overseas Marketing: There has been a demonstrated 
effort by the applicant to market prior shows overseas. In addition, 
the applicant should describe in detail the international marketing 
program to be conducted for the event, and explain how efforts should 
increase individual and group international attendance.
    (h) Level of Cooperation: The applicant demonstrates a willingness 
to cooperate with ITA to fulfill the program's goals and adhere to the 
target dates set out in the MOA and in the event timetables, both of 
which are available from the program office (see the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section above). Past experience in the IBP will be 
taken into account in evaluating the applications received.
    (i) Delegation Incentives: Waived or reduced (by at least 50%) 
admission fees are required for international attendees who are 
participating in IBP Select. Delegation leaders also must be provided 
complimentary admission to the event. In addition, show organizers 
should offer a range of incentives to delegations and/or delegation 
leaders recruited by the DOC overseas posts. Examples of incentives to 
international visitors and to organized delegations include: Special 
organized events, such as receptions, meetings with association 
executives, briefings, and site tours; or complimentary accommodations 
for delegation leaders.
    Review Process: ITA will vet all applications received based on the 
criteria set out in this notice. Vetting will include soliciting input 
from ITA industry analysts, as well as domestic and international field 
offices, focusing primarily on the export potential, level of 
international interest, and stature of the show. In reviewing 
applications, ITA will also consider sector and calendar diversity in 
terms of the need to allocate resources to support selected events. 
Application Requirements: Show organizers submitting applications for 
2017 IBP Select are required to submit: (1) A narrative statement 
addressing each question in the application, OMB 0625-0143 (found at 
www.export.gov/ibp); and (2) a signed statement that ``The above 
information provided is correct and the applicant will abide by the 
terms set forth in this Call for Applications for the International 
Buyer Program Select (January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017);'' on 
or before the deadline noted above. Applications for IBP Select must be 
received by Friday, January 8, 2016. There is no fee required to apply. 
ITA

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expects to issue the results of this process in April 2016.
    Legal Authority: The statutory program authority for ITA to conduct 
the IBP is 15 U.S.C. 4724. ITA has the legal authority to enter into 
MOAs with show organizers under the provisions of the Mutual 
Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), as amended (22 
U.S.C.s 2455(f) and 2458(c)). MECEA allows ITA to accept contributions 
of funds and services from firms for the purposes of furthering its 
mission.
    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the 
information collection requirements of the application to this program 
(0625-0143) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (OMB Control No. 0625-0143). Notwithstanding 
any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor 
shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a 
collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a 
currently valid OMB Control Number.
    For further information please contact: Vidya Desai, Acting 
Director, International Buyer Program (IBP2017@trade.gov).

Frank Spector,
Trade Promotion Programs.
[FR Doc. 2015-30328 Filed 11-27-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P