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Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa Scheduled for May

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce is organizing an energy business development mission to West Africa, with stops in Ghana and Nigeria, from May 18-23. This mission will focus on export-ready U.S. firms in the energy sector, including oil and gas, that can help the target countries develop and manage energy resources and systems and build out power generation and transmission. Mission participants will range from fully integrated energy solutions companies to equipment, technology and ancillary services providers.

Approximately 20-25 companies will be selected to participate. Each applicant must submit no later than March 14 a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on its products and/or services, primary market objectives and goals for participation. Each applicant must also (1) certify that the products and services it seeks to export through the mission are either produced in the U.S. or marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51% U.S. content (though factors such as U.S. materials, equipment and labor content may be considered in cases where U.S. content does not exceed 50%), (2) certify that the export of the products and services that it wishes to export through the mission would be in compliance with U.S. export controls and regulations, (3) certify that it has identified to the DOC for its evaluation any business pending before the department that may present the appearance of a conflict of interest, (4) certify that it has identified any pending litigation (including any administrative proceedings) to which it is a party that involves the DOC, and (5) sign and submit an agreement that it and its affiliates (a) 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 (b) maintain and enforce a policy that prohibits the bribery of foreign officials.

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