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The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service is organizing a trade mission to Warsaw, Poland, April 22, 2009, in conjunction with the Trade Winds Europe Business Development Forum in Warsaw, Poland, April 19-21, 2009.
The 2009 Trade Winds Forum Europe will include general conference sessions on pan-European business issues and pre-arranged consultations with Senior Commercial Officers from U.S. Embassies throughout Europe. The Trade Mission to Poland will add another dimension to the event by providing clients with the opportunity to conduct business to business meeting with firms in Poland. It will be open to U.S. companies from a cross section of industries with growing potential in Poland, including, but not limited to, best prospects such as energy (mining, oil and gas, electric power generation, renewable), defense and aerospace, telecommunications and information technology, environmental technologies, medical equipment, safety and security equipment, automotive parts and service equipment, and logistics and transportation.
The combination of the Trade Winds Forum Europe conference and the multi-sector trade mission in Poland will provide participants with substantive knowledge and strategies for entering or expanding their business in the European market and Poland specifically.
The introduction in many EU member states of a common currency, the euro, and mutual recognition of standards has
Poland's economy grew at a rate in excess of 6.5% in 2007 and is projected to grow by at least 5% in 2008. It has enjoyed 17 straight years of economic expansion, fueled by high export output, individual consumption, and increased business investment, including new foreign direct investment totaling approximately $15 billion in 2007. The United States claims roughly 3% of Poland's import market. Trade volume is expected to continue increasing due to the depreciated U.S. dollar, increased domestic demand, and overall affinity for U.S. products. Excellent opportunities exist for U.S. exporters in a range of sectors, particularly in the above-cited best prospects areas.
The goal of the mission is to help the U.S. companies find potential partners, agents, distributors, and joint venture partners in the Polish market, laying the foundation for successful long-term ventures. The delegation will have access to Senior Commercial Officers during the mission, learn about the expansive business opportunities in Poland, and gain first-hand market exposure. U.S. delegation members already doing buisness in Poland will have opportunities to further advance business relationships and transactions in that market.
The mission will include pre-screened, individual appointments with potential business partners; industry/country market briefings; logistical support; networking opportunities with leading industry and government officials; and full conference registration for the Trade Winds Forum Europe, April 19-21, 2009, including conference materials and admission to all conference sessions and networking events.
U.S. delegation members will arrive in Warsaw on or before April 19, 2009, to attend the opening ceremony of the Trade Winds Forum Europe. The final day of the Forum, April 21, 2009, will be devoted to market briefings and consultations with Europe-based Senior Commercial Officers. On April 22, 2009, mission participants will take part in the business-to-business meetings with Polish firms, and the mission will conclude with a networking reception hosted by the Senior Commercial Officer based in the U.S. Embassy in Poland.
April 19, 2009Arrive Warsaw, Trade Winds Forum Europe registration Welcome reception.
April 20, 2009Trade Winds Forum Europe--Conference sessions.
April 21, 2009Trade Winds Forum Europe, Briefings and Consultations with Senior Commercial Officers Forum concludes.
April 22, 2009Trade Mission takes place, featuring one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened, private-sector Polish companies.
All parties interested in participating in the Commercial Service Trade Mission to Poland must complete and submit an application package for consideration by the 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 maximum of 50 companies will be selected to participate in the mission from the applicant pool. U.S. companies already doing business with Poland as well as U.S. companies seeking to enter Poland for the first time may apply.
After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The participation fee will be $1,650 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
* An applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company's products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the application, request additional information, 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 United States, or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51 percent U.S. content of the value of the finished product or service.
* Relevance of a company's business line to mission goals.
* Company's potential for business in Poland.
Referrals from political organizations and any documents containing references to partisan political activities (including political contributions) will be removed from an applicant's submission and not considered during the selection process.
Mission recruitment will be conducted in an open and public manner, including publication in the