JOINT RELEASE: Initial Results of the 100-Day Action Plan of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

President of the United States Donald Trump and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping agreed at their Mar-a-Lago meeting to advance U.S. – China economic cooperation with a 100-day action plan under the framework of the U.S. – China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. Under the leadership of the co-chairs, Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross of the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang of China, both nations have negotiated intensively to make progress on key issues. The three co-chairs reached consensus on initial commitments under the 100-day plan and objectives for next steps.

In approximately one month following the Presidential Summit, the two sides reached consensus on addressing issues in areas including agricultural trade, financial services, investment, and energy. For details, see the U.S.-China joint fact sheet below.

Both sides also identified other issues that will require significant effort to resolve and achieve progress on within the 100-day period. Both sides further committed to strengthen communication and coordination to jointly advance those issues and achieve resolution as soon as possible. Further, as concrete progress is made in implementing the actions under the 100-day plan, the two sides will begin discussing a one-year plan to further solidify actions in promoting U.S. – China economic engagement and cooperation. Following implementation of the 100-day plan, the United States and China look forward to deepening engagement on these and other issues at the first meeting of the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue, to be held in the United States in the summer of 2017.

Initial Actions of the U.S.-China Economic Cooperation 100-Day Plan

1. Following one more round of technical consultations between the United States and China, China is to allow imports of U.S. beef on conditions consistent with international food safety and animal health standards and consistent with the 1999 Agricultural Cooperation Agreement, beginning as soon as possible but no later than July 16, 2017.

2. The United States and China are to resolve outstanding issues for the import of China origin cooked poultry to the United States as soon as possible, and after reaching consensus, the United States is to publish a proposed rule by July 16, 2017, at the latest, with the United States realizing China poultry exports as soon as possible.

3. China’s National Biosafety Committee (NBC) is to hold a meeting by the end of May 2017, to conduct science-based evaluations of all eight pending U.S. biotechnology product applications to assess the safety of the products for their intended use. No additional information unrelated to safety assessment for intended use is to be requested of the applicants. For any product that does not pass the safety evaluation at the NBC meeting held in May 2017, the NBC is to operate with transparency by providing in writing to the applicants a complete list of requested‎ information necessary to finalize the safety assessment for the products’ intended use, along with an explanation of how the requested information would be relevant to the safety of the products’ intended use. The NBC is to hold meetings as frequently and as soon as possible after an application is resubmitted in order to finalize reviews of remaining applications without undue delay. For the products that pass the safety evaluations of the NBC, China is to grant certificates within 20 working days in accordance with Administrative License Law of the People’s Republic of China.

4. The United States welcomes China, as well as any of our trading partners, to receive imports of LNG from the United States. The United States treats China no less favorably than other non-FTA trade partners with regard to LNG export authorizations. Companies from China may proceed at any time to negotiate all types of contractual arrangement with U.S. LNG exporters, including long-term contracts, subject to the commercial considerations of the parties. As of April 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy had authorized 19.2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas exports to non-FTA countries.

5. By July 16, 2017, China is to allow wholly foreign-owned financial services firms in China to provide credit rating services, and to begin the licensing process for credit investigation.

6. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) intends to extend by July 16, 2017 the current no-action relief to Shanghai Clearing House for six months, with further extensions amounting to up to three years, if appropriate and consistent with the conditions set forth in the no-action relief. The People’s Bank of China and the CFTC are to work towards a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the cooperation and the exchange of information related to the oversight of cross-border clearing organizations.

7. By July 16, 2017, China is to issue any further necessary guidelines and allow wholly U.S.-owned suppliers of electronic payment services (EPS) to begin the licensing process. This should lead to full and prompt market access. China is to continue to allow Chinese banks to issue dual brand-dual currency bankcards that allow U.S. EPS suppliers to process foreign currency payment card transactions.

8. The applicable U.S. federal regulatory authorities remain committed to apply in the United States the same bank prudential supervisory and regulatory standards to Chinese banking institutions as to other foreign banking institutions, in like circumstances and in accordance with U.S. law.

9. China is to issue both bond underwriting and settlement licenses to two qualified U.S. financial institutions by July 16, 2017.

10. The United States recognizes the importance of China’s One Belt and One Road initiative and is to send delegates to attend the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing May 14-15.

The United States welcomes direct investment by Chinese entrepreneurs as it does by entrepreneurs from other countries. The United States welcomes Chinese participation in the SelectUSA Investment Summit that will be held June 18-20 in Washington D.C.

Discover Global Markets is the U.S.

Discover Global Markets is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s flagship event series for U.S. exporters.Cleveland, Ohio • September 18 – 20, 2017
Cost: $325 until June 30, 2017

The conference features a dynamic mix of keynote speakers, sector-specific breakout sessions, “ask the experts” and OEM panels, one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from around the world, and plenty of time built in for networking.

In just two days, attendees of Discover Global Markets will uncover new exporting opportunities, learn from seasoned exporters, and connect with hundreds of networking contacts. The conference will highlight these major U.S. manufacturing sectors:
Advanced Manufacturing
Aerospace
Automotive

Some of the confirmed speakers to date:
Airbus
America Makes
Autodesk
Center for Automotive Research
Deloitte Consulting
Local Motors
Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association
Ohio Aerospace Institute
NASA
Pratt & Whitney
Revio
Rockwell Automation
Roll-Rite
Timken Aerospace
U.S. Department of Commerce

One-on-One Meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats

Whether for new export opportunities, help in overcoming challenges, or general questions, pre-schedule meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats from key markets, including:

*Country list is subject to change

Belgium
Canada
Croatia
Denmark
European Union
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Mexico
Poland

Gain Access to Promising Market Opportunities at Trade Winds – Southeast Europe

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When you participate in the Trade Winds Forum and Business Matchmaking program, U.S. Commercial Service Commercial Specialists will help you, through one-on-one meetings, determine the market(s) below that are the best fit for your company.

Southeast Europe Market Opportunties
Below are just a few of the many industry sectors U.S. Commercial Service Commercial Specialists from Southeast Europe have identified as good prospects for U.S. Companies.

Contact U.S. Commercial Service to learn how Trade Winds can connect your firm to potential partners, market-experts, government decision-makers and more!

Romania
Agricultural Machinery and Equipment – Irrigation, infrastructure
Infrastructure Development – Water and waste-water management
Environmental Technologies – Renewable energy
Healthcare & Medical Equipment – New hospitals in Romania
Information Technology & Cybersecurity – Border, airport security

Bulgaria
Energy – Power generation, oil and gas, energy efficiency
Healthcare & Medical Equipment – Pharmaceuticals, telemedicine, eHealth
Safety & Security – Strengthening the EU external border
Infrastructure Development – Development of Sofia & Plovdiv airports, Ruse and Varna ports
Agricultural Machinery and Equipment

Croatia
Energy – On-shore oil & gas exploration
Infrastructure Development – Zagreb/Dubrovnik airports, Rijeka port
Information Technology & Cybersecurity
Safety & Security – Border security upgrade projects
Travel & Tourism – Resort and spa destinations

Greece
Information and Communications Technologies – Rural broadband and e-government projects
Travel and Tourism – Upgrading tourist facilities and infrastructure
Safety and Security – Maritime and border security projects, defense and aerospace
Energy – Development of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Serbia
Energy – South stream gas pipeline project
Infrastructure Development – Pan-European Corridor 10 highway and railroad projects
Information Technology & Cybersecurity – Border security, airport security
Healthcare & Medical Equipment – Construction of four major clinical centers

We encourage you to register your interest for Trade Winds 2017 – Southeast Europe to receive free preliminary market assessments at no cost or obligation. Trade Winds sells out quickly, and the limited number of available spots in each of these markets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about opportunities available at TRADE WINDS – Southeast Europe, Please visit the website at export.gov/tradewinds

2017 FIME International Medical Trade Fair – Florida

AUGUST 8-10, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 05:00 PMORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

The Florida International Medical Expo – FIME – now in its 27th year is the largest medical trade fair across the Americas.

The exhibition will welcome over 22,000 medical and trade professionals from North, Central and South America, as well as international professionals to do business with 1,500+ national and international companies showcasing new and refurbished medical and hospital equipment, technology, products and supplies.

Alongside the exhibition, FIME 2017 also introduces:

Dealer & Distributor Wall
A dedicated wall onsite and now an online, digital platform offering dealers / distributors / agents the opportunity to publicise the products / services they are seeking, with their contact info. Exhibitors in possession of the products / services sought after can then get in touch directly to arrange a meeting onsite.

MEDLAB Americas
Welcoming MEDLAB to FIME, a proven successful exhibition and conference model on an international scale. With year-on-year growth within the MEDLAB portfolio, from the Middle East, to Asia and Africa, MEDLAB Americas comes into play to satisfy the incessant demand for a broad medical laboratory expo in the Americas.

CME-accredited Conferences
Offering 3 multi-disciplinary conference tracks in the field of laboratory medicine and diagnostics, focusing specifically on Clinical Microbiology, Point of Care Testing (POCT) and Haematology.

Seminars
Specifically designed to educate and inform dealers / distributors / agents on how to monetize their medical device marketing and thus sales, and maintain consistent with medical device access and regulation. Combined with a dedicated focus on 3D printing and technological innovations to enable profitable patient outcomes.

This year, FIME will be hosted at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida from August 8-10, 2017.

PROCESS EXPO 2017

Start Date: 2017-09-19
End Date: 2017-09-22
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

PROCESS EXPO, is the nation’s largest trade show for all segments of the food and beverage industry. Occurring only once every two years, PROCESS EXPO will take place September 19-22, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

Produced by FPSA, PROCESS EXPO is the nation’s largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage industry.

Processors gain a competitive advantage with the innovative technology on the show floor, where food processing and packaging experts demonstrate their machines and products. Both veterans and those new to food and beverage processing get training on food safety, trends, leadership, and more.

Some 19,000 attendees representing the full spectrum of food manufacturing are expected to attend, along with some 600 food processing and packaging equipment exhibitors from the dairy, meat/poultry/seafood, beverage, bakery, prepared foods, confectionary and pet foods sectors.

PROCESS EXPO is a participant in the 2017 International Buyer IBP Select Program.

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

WASHINGTON, Mar. 30, 2017—Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 165,000 metric tons of soybeans for delivery to China during the 2017/2018 marketing year.

The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.

USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 tons or more of one commodity, made in one day or quantities totaling 200,000 tons or more in any reporting period, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination or quantities totaling 40,000 tons or more in any reporting period, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.

7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference

April 12, 2017 | 8:00 am PDT – 3:30 pm PDT
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA,92614
Organization:
SBA Santa Ana District Office

The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office and Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC are proud to present the 7th Annual Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference. The 2017 Conference will be held at the Hotel Irvine on April 12, 2017.

The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist small business, in working with federal, local, and state governments. This event will provide an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities in a one-on-one setting.

The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office is engaging subject matter experts to deliver informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector prime and subcontractors through numerous workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking.

Keep in mind: THIS IS A TOOL IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS. DO NOT EXPECT TO WIN A CONTRACT ON-SITE. Ask pertinent questions and find out what companies and agencies are looking for and what you need to do to qualify.

This will be our largest conference to date. You can’t afford to miss this event.

$80 fee, Pre-registration Required by 04/11, 7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference: Southern California’s Largest Small Business Matchmaking Event! The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist small businesses in working with federal, local, and state governments. This event will provide an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities in a one-on-one setting. The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office is engaging subject matter experts to deliver informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector prime and subcontractors through numerous workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking!