U.S. Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to China

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Join the U.S. Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to China
June 11 – 17, 2017

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing an Executive-led Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou China.

This mission is a follow-up to an April 2015 Smart Cities – Smart Growth Business Development Mission to China led by Secretary Pritzker. This mission will promote U.S. exports to China by supporting U.S. companies in launching or increasing their business in the marketplace products and services relating to wastewater treatment, including industrial wastewater treatment. Key elements will include business-to-government and business-to-business meetings, market briefings, and networking events.

Commercial Setting

China’s dire environmental situation has galvanized the government to initiate political objectives to invest in new technology to combat water, air, and soil contamination. Under the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020), investment in environmental protection is estimated to reach US$ 1.37 trillion. Of that amount, about US$ 291 billion will be dedicated to water pollution control.

Investments are to focus mostly on monitoring of pollution, as well as control action plans to decrease contamination amounts. Since the environmental market has been identified by the government as a strategic industry, it is expected to continue its growth over the next few years, and likely even beyond given the scope of the work to be done. From 2011 to 2015, the industry grew at an average annual growth rate of over 15 percent. It is expected to maintain its growth at an annual average rate of 30 percent. In the next ten years China’s environmental technologies market is expected to grow exponentially, eclipsing the $275 billion U.S. market and becoming the largest global consumer of environmental technologies by 2025. As a global leader in producing and implementing environmental technologies, the United States’ environmental technologies industry is poised to grow dramatically if the U.S. can successfully position itself as China’s primary provider of these technologies and associated services.

U.S. companies are well positioned to take advantage of immediate opportunities in air pollution monitoring and control; water and wastewater treatment and protection; and waste management.

Mission Goals:
This mission will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to sustained economic partnerships in China. The mission’s purpose is to support the business development goals of U.S. firms as they construct a firm foundation for future business in China and specifically aims to:

• Assist in identifying potential partners and strategies for U.S. companies in the target sectors.
• Confirm U.S. Government support for the activities of U.S. businesses in China and to provide access to senior decision makers in the Chinese government.
• Listen to the needs, suggestions and experience of individual participants to help shape appropriate U.S. Government positions regarding U.S. business interests in the region.
• Organize private and focused events with local business and association leaders capable of becoming partners and clients of U.S. firms as they develop their business in each country.
• Assist development of competitive strategies and market access with high level information gathering from private and public-sector leaders.

Trade Mission Features:

Trade mission delegates will participate in a five-day program, including roundtables and policy meetings with officials in China. The mission will stop in Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou. In Beijing, the capital of China, the schedule will primarily consist of scene setting briefings and engagements with Chinese officials. The mission will coincide with the China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference (CIEPEC). CIEPEC is the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s biennial sponsored trade show and conference. CIEPEC draws officials from all regional Environmental Protection Bureaus (EPBs) and municipalities, providing access to the tendering organizations that are developing water and wastewater treatment plant projects. Participants will have an opportunity to walk this trade show floor, as well as have a series of one-on-one meetings with pre-screened potential agents, distributors, and representatives at the show. In Nanjing and Guangzhou, participants will also have one-on-one meetings with pre-screened potential partners, as well as meet end users and government officials.

Following the stops in Beijing and Nanjing, the delegation will travel to Guangzhou, where they will meet with pre-screened potential partners, end users and government officials. In each city, the participants will also attend market briefings by U.S. Embassy officials and other industry experts, as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with local business and industry decision-makers.

Fees and Expenses
• $5,300 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (less than 500 employees)
• $5,700 for a large firm
•$500 for each additional firm participant

Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant

To Apply
Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than May 12, 2017. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions until the maximum number of participants is reached. We will inform applicants of selection decisions as soon as possible after applications are reviewed. Applications received after May 1, 2017 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

General Information and Applications:
The Office of Business Liaison
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 5062
Washington, DC 20230