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From 2000 to 2012, Rwanda’s economy grew at 8.1 percent per year. Furthermore, Rwanda has significantly improved its rankings in the World Banks’ Ease of Doing Business Index – Rwanda is ranked as 62nd out of 189 economies in the 2016 report and the second-best in Africa behind Mauritius. Less than a decade ago, Rwanda was ranked 143rd. The Council chose to visit Rwanda to gain a deeper understand of what Rwanda has done that has worked, and how the country's progress can serve as an example for others in the region and across the continent.
The goal of the trip for the PAC-DBIA members was to listen and learn, and in the near future, provide recommendations to President Obama and Secretary Pritzker that will guide the Administration’s policy choices with respect to enhancing commercial ties between the U.S. and countries across Africa.
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OPIC offers innovative financial and insurance products to help businesses invest in emerging markets. These include medium- to long-term financing through direct loans and loan guaranties to eligible investment projects when conventional institutions are unable to lend. To learn more about OPIC, and to learn how OPIC can support your business, visit the blog post below.
For more than 40 years, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has partnered with business to help build this critical infrastructure and address some of the world’s biggest development challenges from poverty to food security to widespread power shortages.
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Nearly 30 young inventors—all finalists in the 2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC)—convened at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia on November 16 and 17. The CIC awards recognize the nation’s most innovative undergraduate and graduate students and their inventive ideas and projects.
Earlier this week, college students from across the country gathered outside Washington, D.C., where they were recognized for their work developing cutting-edge inventions.
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This year’s Minority Exporter of the Year, Shine Electronics, is an outstanding example of American innovation and drive. Founded in 1980 by CEO Elliot Park, the company has grown through its ability to quickly adapt its services to meet customer demands in the rapidly changing mobile device market.
“During National Entrepreneurship Month, we revisit our roots as a country of dreamers and doers, and we celebrate and support the next generation of American entrepreneurs.” —President Barak Obama, Presidential Proclamation
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With a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding among NOAA, the National Park Service, and Cuba's National Center for Protected Areas, we intend to share information ranging from scientific research to education and outreach materials – all of which will help us better manage some of the most ecologically-significant ocean places in both countries.
This new MOU establishes sister-sanctuary relationships between Guanahacabibes and Banco de San Antonio in Cuba, and Florida Keys and Flower Garden Banks national marine sanctuaries in the United States.
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Leaders from the nation’s technology and data industries came together on Oct. 29-30 for the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) in Boulder, Colorado.  This meeting focused on three main themes: 1) organizing and disseminating troves of environmental data; 2) developing the expertise within government to maximize the value of all the data collected by federal agencies; and 3) ensuring our data and other cyber assets are protected from external threats.
Leaders from the nation’s technology and data industries came together on Oct. 29-30 for the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) in Boulder, Colorado. This meeting focused on three main themes: 1) organizing and disseminating troves of environmental data; 2) developing the expertise within government to maximize the value of all the data collected by federal agencies; and 3) ensuring our data and other cyber assets are prot...
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Following the trip, the PAC-DBIA members will develop an actionable set of recommendation for President Obama regarding how U.S. government programs and policies can better support economic engagement between Africa and the U.S.
In Nigeria, Pritzker discusses economic opportunities and challenges with U.S. and African business leaders and local entrepreneurs.
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The NWS’ Evolve Initiative is a recognition of the 21st century challenges and opportunities facing our nation and the world. As the authoritative voice for safeguarding our nation, NWS Evolve Initiative will work to integrate the science we undertake with the community we are committed to serving.  Through Evolve, NWS is improving our ability to put life-saving data into the hands of our government partners and decision makers so can will evacuate hospitals, alert schools, close roads and flood flashpoints, and bus senior citizens out of harm’s way.
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to New Orleans to speak at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), where she discussed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service’s (NWS) Evolve Initiative. The AMS Annual Meeting brings together the leading members of the nation’s weather, water, and climate communities to discuss timely issues facing those in the weath...
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The Department of Commerce is committed to building a durable network of partnerships and institutions across the Asia-Pacific that are capable of meeting 21st century challenges and ensuring market access for U.S. companies.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews traveled this week to Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan to highlight the United States’ commitment to expanding commercial engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.
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TEDCO will administer the NIST Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (N-STEP), which will offer an anticipated 10 grants of up to $112,000 for a specific project that can be successfully completed within 12 months. Eligible researchers include former NIST employees, current employees nearing the end of their term employment (such as post-doctoral fellows) and guest researchers from other institutions.
A new grant program will provide opportunities for researchers to turn promising NIST technologies and know-how into entrepreneurial careers and high-tech businesses.
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During Techonomy 2015, Secretary Pritzker shared two announcements from the Department of Commerce including the unveiling of the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda and the launch of the Commerce Data Service.
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"'America's Hispanic community has the same dreams, values, trials, and triumphs of people in every corner of our country, and they show the same grit and determination that have carried us forward for centuries.' Indeed, as the son of an immigrant and a lifelong educator, I have seen this grit and determination firsthand and I can only hope to play even a minor role in continuing to move us forward."
This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
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Garner Marshall
2 years ago
This is the last weekend that the National Aquarium will be open. It is closing on Monday, September 30th 2013. It'll be sad to see it go. It has been there a long time. I've visited the aquarium a few times. Is not the best aquarium I've been in but very informative, excellent staff and my children really enjoyed it. This place will be missed. Hopefully they stay in DC, if not I'll have to trek all the way to Baltimore. If you're in or around DC this weekend or Monday stop by and see a part of history while you can.
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4 years ago
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Grey Tomas
3 years ago
Looks very nice...
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