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Detailed Event Information For Selling to the Caribbean Detailed Event Information For Selling to the Caribbean
Selling to the Caribbean -- Airport/Ground Support Eq., Apparel, Electrical Power Systems, General Consumer Goods, Health Care Services, Port/Shipbuilding Eq., Telecommunications Eq., Travel and Tourism Industries
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Location/Date: Tampa and Clearwater, FL, United States 04/23/2019 - 04/23/2019
Event Summary:
Did you know that the Caribbean imports more than $22.9 billion worth of U.S. products and services? That makes the Caribbean similar in size to India ($21 B), Australia ($22 B), and Brazil ($30 B). Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce / International Trade Administration for a 1.5 hour seminar on export opportunities for U.S. companies. Selling to the Caribbean – April 23, 2019 This seminar will be led by Andrew Billard, Deputy Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Caribbean at the U.S. Embassy – Santo Domingo. This seminar will equip participants to understand where to find tender opportunities, how to qualify to receive bid documents, bid strategies, and how to leverage U.S. Government advocacy in support of the U.S. bidder or the U.S. bid. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about one of the most lucrative markets for U.S. export and investment in the Americas. Who Should Attend? This comprehensive seminar is designed for exporters, international trade consultants, attorneys, and those who support and advise exporters. If your organization is involved in export, this seminar is a must. About the Instructor: One of the most senior U.S. diplomats in the Caribbean region, Andrew Billard is responsible for U.S. government operations in the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago, to include the promotion of U.S.-origin exports, the defense U.S. commercial interests and the attraction of inward Foreign Direct Investment. Prior to serving as First Secretary for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy – Santo Domingo, Andrew served as a Commercial Attaché and Deputy Section Head for the Department of Commerce Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. Before Indonesia Mr. Billard served as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy Beijing and the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. While in China, Andrew and his team focused on the power,environmental, construction, telecommunications, IT, disaster response, and cold-chain sectors. In China he initiated and led working groups and programs related to the Energy Cooperation Program, the U.S. China Shale-Gas Development Initiative, the U.S. China Aerial Work Safety Working Group, the Ambassador Locke Senior Living Trade Mission and working group, the U.S. Industry Disaster Response team following the Wenzhou earthquakes, and the U.S. Cold Chain Working Group. For their success in spearheading key policy changes, the American Chamber of Commerce in China awarded the U.S. China Aerial Work Safety Working Group their Committee of the Year Award in 2014. Before joining the Commercial Service, Andrew spent seven years in China working in the private sector primarily on market research. He speaks almost native level fluent Mandarin and fluent Indonesian. Mr. Billard received a BS from the Honors Program in International Trade and Chinese Studies from the University of Connecticut and an EMBA taken in Chinese language from Macau Open International University/Nankai University. Andrew's hometown is Hebron, Connecticut. He has lived in the United States, South Africa, Syria, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Egypt, China, and Indonesia. Registration The registration fee for this seminar is $25.00. Registration is available until 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 22. After this date, no refunds will be processed. You may substitute participants upon written notice to Dan Bjerk at Dan.Bjerk@trade.gov. Parking For your convenience, you may choose to attend the event at either 9:00 am in the morning in Tampa or at 1:30 pm in the afternoon in Clearwater. The addresses are: Florida's Small Business Development Center 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 200 Tampa, Florida St. Petersburg College at EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200 Clearwater, Florida Parking is free at both locations.

Contacts:
Dan Bjerk, Clearwater
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 727-464-7347
Dan.Bjerk@trade.gov

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