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    Look for more exporting resources in 2021! 

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    Opportunities & Events

    The Japanese Fintech Market: Japan's Road Towards Open Banking" Webinar 
    Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6 - 7 p.m. ET
    In this webinar, U.S. companies will learn about opportunities and trends in Japan’s financial services sector and review key aspects of Japan’s fintech law. Topics include looking at the overview, trends, and opportunities in the Japanese fintech industry sector and the Japanese fintech law and open banking.
    Speakers include Ms. Erik Nonaka, Secretary-General of the Fintech Association of Japan; Mr. Yuki Kishi, Director of the Fintech Association of Japan; and Ms. Youqing Ma, Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.
    Contact: Andrey Piroozgar, International Trade Specialist: andrey.piroozgar@trade.gov

    Market Intelligence Workshop from ITA's Rural Export Center
    ITA's Rural Export Center will host a Market Intelligence webinar on January 14 to provide practical advice and introduce U.S. companies in rural locations to the available federal and state services, some of which are reimbursable, to help your company with targeted market intelligence and a variety of export assistance services.
    This webinar will provide practical information to help jump-start your market research internally, as well as provide information on where to look for more in-depth research assistance through ITA services.
    During this session you will learn how to: 
    • Identify the top markets for your product;
    • Identify market entry partners;
    • Learn about additional services available to you from our 100 domestic offices and those located in over 70 U.S. embassies abroad; and
    • Learn about possible reimbursement for using these services.

    Technical Textiles Coffee Chat - Europe
    Join the U.S. Commercial Service's Global Textiles, Apparel, and Sporting Goods Team on February 9th for a "virtual coffee chat" with our U.S. Embassy and Consulate colleagues in Turkey, Germany, Czech Republic, and Portugal. This informal video discussion is through Microsoft Teams. The session will cover the current status of the technical textiles sector in these countries. Registration fee is $25 per company. 
    Registration: Click Here
    Contact Stephanie Bethel for more information: Stephanie.Bethel@trade.gov

    Improve your International Business.
    A great way to improve your international business is to go back to the basics. Consider the steps in the exporting process. Do you know enough about the various aspects of selling to foreign countries, whether you are new to exporting or experienced? Are you using all of the free resources on trade.gov? 
    As you look forward to a new year, use our How to Export videos and Exporting Mechanics videos to guide your review and plan steps to grow in 2021. 
    We can help you understand how to export successfully, determine which  markets to explore, and then find help that leads to new sales in international markets.

    Power Sector Opportunities in South Africa, Part I: Renewable Energy and Energy Storage (Webinar)
    Please join us on December 14th  for Power Sector Opportunities in South Africa, Part I: Renewable Energy and Energy Storage, which will focus on the upcoming Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP), Bid Window 5, as well as the Eskom/World Bank Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) programs. Both programs have indicated that RFPs will be issued within the next three months. For questions, contact Bailey Rowell at Bailey.Rowell@trade.gov 
    Part 2 - February 16, 2021
    Gas-to-Power and Municipal Power Procurements
    Part 3 - March 16, 2021
    Embedded Generation and Nuclear Opportunities

    Doing Business in Europe Webinar Series
    US Commercial Service's Europe Team invites U.S. exporters to join us for market briefings with our U.S. Embassy colleagues across Europe. Each session will cover the current status of the market, key target sectors, new procedures or guidelines, and developing trends. Speakers include U.S. government officials and private sector representatives. Register today!
    Starting in January, the webinar schedule includes: 
    • Doing Business in France  - January 14
    • Doing Business in Spain  - February 23
    • Doing Business in Italy - March 18
    • Doing Business in Germany - April 15
    • Doing Business in Russia - May 13

    Virtual Security Mission for Economic Prosperity in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
    Join the United States Department of Commerce’s Virtual Security Trade Mission for Economic Prosperity in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, March 7-12, 2021.  The mission will focus on opportunities in Regional Security, Digital Security, and Infrastructure Security.  The purpose of the mission is to leverage the regional political and economic climate and include both the Western Hemisphere Deal Team and America Crece Initiatives to advance the U.S. Administration’s goals of reducing and stopping the flow of migration from Central America through economic growth and job creation.
    Dates: March 7-12, 2021 Apply Now, Space is Limited
    For questions regarding this program, please contact April.Redmon@trade.gov

    MENA Summit on Infrastructure
    UAE & Saudi Arabia Mar 14-18.  Egypt &Tunisia Sept 14-18, 2021
    Summits will feature top decision makers from Ministries and procuring agencies who will present on upcoming infrastructure projects in renewable and emerging energy, oil & gas, power storage, transmission, transportation to the attending American companies.  Exclusive information about U.S. government and other project financing resources, and tendering and supply processes.  For questions, contact: Matt.baker@trade.gov

    Caribbean Region Trade Mission - May 2021
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is organizing a trade mission to the Caribbean region that will include the Trade Americas – Business Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados on May 23-28, 2021.
    The goal of the mission is to help participating U.S. companies find potential partners, buyers, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners in Barbados/Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago, laying the foundation for successful long-term ventures to take advantage of market opportunities in the Caribbean region. During the mission, the delegation will have access to US&FCS commercial officers, commercial specialists, and Department of State economic/commercial officers from the markets in the region.
    Register your interest here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/0R0V   
    For questions regarding this program, please contact Delia.Valdivia@trade.gov

    Cyber Security Business Development Mission to South America
    This mission aims to introduce U.S. firms and trade associations to some of South America's most rapidly growing information and communication technology (ICT), security, and critical infrastructure protection markets. It will assist U.S. companies in finding business partners to which they may export their products and services to the region.
    New Dates: October 18-25, 2021 Apply Now, Space is Limited

    For questions regarding this program, please contact Gemal.Brangman@trade.gov

    Exporter Resources

    USMCA Update
    The United States, Mexico, and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA. USMCA is mutually beneficial for North American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses. The new Agreement, which entered into force on July 1, 2020, will create a more balanced environment for trade, will support high-paying jobs for Americans, and will grow the North American economy. For more information Click Here or USMCA Fact Sheet
    Comply with U.S. and Foreign Regulations
    Trade.gov features 12 Export Solutions to help you launch and grow your international business. Key resources in "Comply with U.S. and Foreign Navigations" include:
    U.S. Export Regulations

    Other Resources

    How to Help: If you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public

    Virtual Services to Help You Export

    Connecting you to business opportunities in markets around the world as quickly and efficiently as possible is a priority for the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) – especially during challenging times. Take advantage of our menu of virtual export promotion services, and learn more about our refund policy to help you export with peace of mind.