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OTEC's Global ICT Newsletter

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This biweekly global information and communications technology newsletter is free of charge and distributed to U.S. COMPANIES ONLY via e-mail. For further information or to subscribe, please send the editor an email. A sample of the newsletter is below.

Privacy Statement

December 2, 2011

Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce
Manufacturing and Services
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce



Commerce Secretary Bryson Applauds Completion of Cross Border Privacy Rules
U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson applauded the completion of the Cross Border Privacy Rules system, an outcome of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in Hawaii, where the Rules were formally endorsed today. The voluntary rules will promote a baseline set of data privacy practices for companies doing business in participating APEC economies. This is especially critical for companies doing business in the Asia Pacific region, with its impressive growth, dynamism and potential for expanded trade.

“This initiative is an important development in international data protection,” Bryson said. “The United States and its trading partners in APEC recognized the need for a data privacy framework that provides effective privacy protection for consumers while avoiding barriers to information flows. Once implemented, this system will help establish region-wide privacy policy compatibility, which should lower regulatory compliance costs while increasing the export of U.S. services.”

The United States and partnering APEC economies began development of this system in 2007 with the strong support of U.S. industry. The 21 member economies in APEC comprise a market of 2.7 billion consumers, account for 55 percent of global gross domestic product and 43 percent of total global trade. In addition, APEC member economies purchase 58 percent of U.S. exports.

Implementation of the Cross Border Privacy Rules system directly supports the President’s National Export Initiative by decreasing regulatory barriers to trade and commerce. U.S. exporters face an increasing array of privacy regulations and domestic data storage requirements around the world. When there regulations are incompatible, they create barriers to U.S. exports and costs for U.S. companies. This system will help reduce those barriers, lower costs, and facilitate U.S. exports to the Asia Pacific region. This work also supports the Administration's privacy and innovation goals by facilitating global privacy interoperability as outlined in the soon to be released White Paper on data privacy and innovation.

More information about the Cross Border Privacy Rules is available via the APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group website.

Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness
The Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade has announced the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness by the Secretary of Commerce. The Committee shall advise the Secretary regarding the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of U.S. supply chains, including programs and policies to expand U.S. exports of goods, services, and technology related to supply chain in accordance with applicable United States regulations. This notice also requests nominations for membership. Nominations for members must be received on or before December 14, 2011. For more information, please see the Federal Register.

FCC Headlines

FCC Announces the Next Meeting of the North American Numbering Council

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for December Open Meeting

FCC Releases ‘Connect America Fund’ Order to Help Expand Broadband, Create Jobs, Benefit Consumers

Trade Mission to Kabul, Afghanistan
Join a Senior Commerce Department official on this business development trade mission to Kabul, Afghanistan, in February 2012. The mission will assist U.S. participants in positioning themselves to enter or expand their presence in Afghanistan. The targeted sectors include, but are not limited to: Construction (including engineering, architecture, transportation and logistics, and infrastructure); Mining (including equipment, technology, and services); Agribusiness; and Information and communications technology. Participants will meet with Afghan leaders in the public and private sector, learn about the market by participating in Embassy briefings, and explore additional opportunities at networking receptions. Activities will include one-on-one meetings with pre-screened business prospects. Applications for U.S. business participants will be accepted through January 3, 2012. Visit the mission website ore read the Federal Register Notice to learn more.

A Basic Guide to Exporting: Understanding Export Controls for Encryption Items
To be held on December 14 at 2pm Eastern, this webinar will help companies understand export compliance obligations for commercial encryption technology items; know the laws controlling what you can and cannot export and to whom; and hear from the Bureau of Industry and Security. There are limited participation lines, so register now.


China: Semiconductors
China is one of the fastest growing export markets for U.S. semiconductors. China is the center for world electronics assembly from wireless devices to consumer electronic products. Total electronics production in China is expected to rise to almost $2 trillion. China will represent almost a third of world demand over the next several years. There are a number of major electronic/microelectronics trade shows in China, including:

In Beijing:

2012 10th Beijing International electronic equipment, components and electronic equipment exhibition
August 8-10, 2012
Venue: China International Exhibition Center (North Third Ring Road No. 6, Beijing)

In Shanghai:

Electronic China 2012
March 20-22, 2012
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center

SEMICON China 2012
March 20-22, 2012
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center

NEPCON China 2012
April 25-27, 2012
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

In Guangdong Province:

IIC China Conference & Exhibition
February 23-25, 2012
Venue: Shenzhen Exhibition & Convention Center

79th China Electronics Fair
April 11-13, 2012
Venue: Shenzhen Exhibition & Convention Center

China International Optoelectronics Expo
September 6-9, 2012
Venue: Shenzhen Exhibition & Convention Center

In Chengdu:

2012 Chengdu digital products Expo
May 17-19, 2012
Venue: Chengdu New International Convention Center

NEPCON Microelectronics West China
June 22-24, 2012
Venue: Chengdu New International

For more information, please contact Jane Shen with the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai or Robert Blankenbaker with the Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce.

European Union: RoHS Recast Frequently Asked Questions
On July 1, 2011, the European Union published a Recast (revision) of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (Directive 2002/95/EC - RoHS), which affects U.S. exports to the EU, the EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland), and Turkey. The current scope of products will expand until the use of the RoHs 6 hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and the flame retardants PBB and PBDE, will be essentially banned in all electrical and electronic equipment up to 1000 Volts AC, 1500 volts DC sold in the EU (with some exclusions including defense, solar panels, large scale fixed installations and industrial tools, and most transportation). In addition, the Recast codifies documentation, marking, and manufacturer, importer and distributor responsibilities under the Directive, including product CE marking and manufacturer Declaration of Conformity. Enforcement begins January 2, 2013. A set of FAQs is available on the ITA website.

Finland: ICT Market Overview
Finland ranks as the world’s second most competitive country in information technology, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s IT Industry Competitiveness Index, published by the Business Software Alliance. Finland offers one of the world's most sophisticated ICT infrastructure and application environments. This environment provides cutting-edge, high efficiency settings for all kinds of businesses.

Although with only 5.4 million people the Finnish market is small, but Finnish consumers and companies have proven to be quick to adopt new technologies. Finland is seen as a pioneering adopter and an important research center for new technology. International companies (e.g., ICL, IBM, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard and Ericsson) have set up research units in Finland, increased their cooperation with Finnish firms, or acquired small companies in the sector. Many companies and researchers have found that Finland makes an ideal environment for developing and testing new types of communications and IT products, and this has no doubt helped drive the sector generally.

The telecommunications market in Finland is fully liberalized. No licenses are needed, except for digital television and mobile networks. Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications is responsible for licensing. Telecommunications and mobile technology specifically, have been the driving force behind Finland's high-tech revolution. Finland has become an export-driven location for leading international ICT sector companies. Finland was also the first country in the world to grant operating licenses for 3G mobile communications market in March 1999. The telecommunications sector has greatly benefited from Finland’s strong reputation as a testing environment for new communications and IT products. By the end of 2010, there were nearly 3.2 million broadband subscriptions in Finland. Of all subscriptions, about 76 percent were used by households, while the remaining 24 percent were used by corporate customers. During the year, the number of subscriptions grew by almost 722,000, representing an increase of about 29 percent.

For a copy of the full report from the Commercial Service in Finland, contact Paulette Hernandez.

This section is intended for your information only. Unless otherwise noted, events are neither certified nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

CES 2012: Global Market Insight Program
January 11-12, 2012
Las Vegas, NV
Find trade partners and succeed in new international markets. Register for the U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Market Insight Program being held at the 2012 International CES in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association. The U.S. Commercial Service International Buyer Program partners with the Consumer Electronic Association to recruit foreign buyers and agents to 2012 International CES. Through the U.S. Commercial Service’s Global Market Insight Program at CES, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to present your products and services to a panel of international industry experts from over 15 countries who will provide instant feedback on:
    Finding an Appropriate Overseas Partner
    Effective International Sales Strategies
    Business Opportunities in Their Market
    Best Practices on Exporting

January 18-20, 2012
Tokyo, Japan

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012
January 31-February 2, 2012
Amsterdam, Netherlands
This is a USDOC certified trade fair. For more information on exhibiting and services available to U.S. companies at the show, contact Graylin Presbury.

2ND Annual Advanced ITAR Compliance Conference
February 8-10, 2012
Washington, DC

CeBIT 2012
March 6-10, 2012
Hanover, Germany
This is a USDOC certified trade fair. For more information on exhibiting and services available to U.S. companies at the show, contact Mathias Koeckeritz with the Commercial Service in Berlin.

NAB Show 2012
April 14-19, 2012
Las Vegas, NV
The U.S. Department of Commerce and NAB have teamed up to provide NAB exhibitors and attendees an opportunity to exhibit at the 2012 NAB Show during the international reception to be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 from 6-8 PM. This is an opportunity to showcase your products and services to potential international partners and buyers.

You'll be able to:
    Meet and prospect new customers
    Network with foreign buyers and industry professionals
    Entertain new contacts/partners/clients in a hospitable and professional venue.

The U.S. Department of Commerce will bring buyer delegations to The 2012 NAB Show® and the reception from the following markets: Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iraq, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovak Republic, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, and Venezuela. By exhibiting in the Global Matchmaking & International Reception, you can achieve multiple objectives, including export sales, marketing, and business development.

Participation Fee is $295 before February 16th ($350 after February 16th). Both NAB Exhibitors and Attendees are eligible to participate.

Questions? Please contact Larry Tabash.


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