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Healthcare Market Trends and Opportunities in Saudi Arabia & Kuwait

 The U.S. Commercial Service offices in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will hold a webinar to discuss their respective healthcare markets, specifically trends and opportunities in hospital operation and management, education and training services, eHealth and Health Information Systems.  Government officials and private sector experts will share their visions for the current and future direction of the healthcare sector, given that both the Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti governments are heavily investing in this sector.  The U.S. Commercial Service will also share information about a planned healthcare trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait April 23-28, 2016.

 Date: December 9, 2015  10:00AM EST

Cost: Free
Registration Link:  :

For more information, contact:  LeeAnne Haworth,, 412-644-2816

Trade Events

Arab Health Webinar

Join the US Commercial Service for a webinar that will help you identify and understand opportunities available to you at Arab Health 2016.  US Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers from the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia will provide a market briefing of the healthcare technologies sector in their respective regions.  Representatives from Kallman Worldwide and Sherago International will provide critical details on the Arab Health and MEDLAB show.   Join this webinar to gain insights on how to take advantage of this trade show! 

  • When:                  Tuesday, November 3, 2015
  • Time:                    11:00AM Eastern/8:00AM Pacific
  • Where:                Your computer!
  • Cost:                      $25


Catalog Fair Partner Search at the Effective Hospital 2015 Conference

Effective hospital Conference is an annual event which attracts over 500 participants ranging from hospital directors, medical universities, key state institutions representatives and insurance companies to distributors. In 2015, the conference will celebrate its tenth edition. It will take place on November 24 – 25, 2015 at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. U.S. Commercial Service has been working with the conference organizer for several years. In 2015, we are launching a catalog fair partner search project at the conference for the first time. By participating in a catalogue fair the U.S. companies will receive: * Pre-conference outreach to Czech distributors. * Product information display at the Conference. * On-line promotion on U.S. Commercial Service web pages. * Results report from the outreach and conference collecting feedback on the product and potential partnership opportunities. * Post-show follow-up and market information.

  • When: November 15, 2015
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Application deadline: October 19, 2015
  • Cost: $200 USD

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CEO Program for U.S. Companies at MEDICA 2015

MEDICA 2015 is the largest and most prestigious medical technology show in the world, with over 5,500 exhibitors (incl. the Compamed/medical manufacturing segment), and over 132,000 international visitors in 19 halls on the Dusseldorf fairgrounds.  The U.S. Commercial Service's Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program provides a unique way for U.S. firms to optimize their participation in this show.  Showcase your products and services to over 132,000 "trade only" visitors from 110 countries; meet the potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals without the expense of an exhibition booth.

·         When:  November 16-19, 2015 (Monday – Thursday)
·         Where:  Dusseldorf, Germany
·         Application deadline:  August 17, 2015 (unless sold out sooner)
·         Cost: $6,000  

For more information, contact: Sandra Campbell (Tampa Bay); Cindy Ma (Oakland) or Anette Salama (Dusseldorf/Germany) or visit:

2015 Taiwan International Medical Exhibition & Conference on Gerontology & Geriatric Care

The show attracts decision makers from hospitals, nursing homes care homes as well government and associations for the care and wellbeing of older people, and companies which have products that serve the needs of the elderly. Taiwan faces a tremendous demographic change. The 65+ generation will increase from 11.5% to 20.0% by 2025. Therefore the Demand in Taiwan for Senior Aid and Lifestyle products grows rapidly.

·       When: Nov 26-28, 2015
·       Where: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Taiwan
·       Space Application, Visitors Pre-Registration, Cost: Contact CS Kaohsiung - Daphne Fan for details (

For more information, visit:

Peru Healthcare Industry - Opportunities for U.S. Companies Webinar

Peru will invest $2.6 billion over the next two years on ten hospitals, healthcare centers, blood banks, and a telemedicine system. Learn how to access to government decision makers and key private-sector industry contacts and take advantage of these opportunities. This webinar will outline the opportunities in Peru for U.S. companies in these areas: pharmaceutical producers, medical device manufacturers, hospital operation and management services, hospital information systems, and eHealth solutions.

 ·         When:             December 10, 2015 at 1:00Pm Eastern Time
·         Where:            Your Computer
·         Cost:                $50

 For more information and to Register, visit:

First-time USA Pavilion at conhIT healthIT show in Berlin

CSGermany, Berlin Messe and the German Association for HealthIT (bvitg) are organizing a USA Pavilion at the conhIT 2016, in Berlin, April 19-21.  The show is Germany’s leading event for health-IT, in its 9th year and the trendsetter for healthIT in Germany and Europe.  Opening ceremony with German government officials and industry leadership and complementary conference program and on-the-floor workshops present sales and networking opportunities to the U.S. healthIT exporter.

·         When: April 19-21, 2016
·         Where: Berlin, Germany
·         Application deadline: The application deadline for the USA Pavilion will be Friday, Januayr 29, 2019. Applications received after the January 29 deadline will be considered as time and space permits.
·         Cost: from $1,000 for a shared Counter Slot with 2 chairs to your own open booth for $2,500.

 For more information, visit: or contact: Anette Salama, CS Germany Sr. Commercial Specialist,; or, Ms. Ursula Baumann, Project Director,

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Trade Missions

Healthcare Technology & Hospital Information Services Trade Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

 The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organizers of the Saudi-American Healthcare Forum (SAHF) is organizing a Healthcare Technology & Hospital Information Services Trade Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from April 23 – 28, 2016. The mission will enable U.S. companies to learn first-hand about the healthcare markets and business opportunities in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, access and network with government decision makers and key private-sector industry contacts, especially potential partners, and participate in the Saudi-American Healthcare Forum. U.S. companies and organizations with expertise in education and healthcare training, hospital operation and management services, and eHealth and health information systems are encouraged to register their interest in participating in this mission.

·         When: April 23-28, 2016
·         Where: Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City, Kuwait
·         Application deadline: Friday, February 12, 2015.
·         Cost: $3,740 for small firms or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), $4,470 for large companies, and $750 for each additional representative.
·         Register:

 For more information, contact:  LeeAnne Haworth, 412-644-2816,

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Trade Leads

Zambia: Medical warehouse tender

Philippines: Portable diagnostic equipment

Philippines: Food supplements and freezer pops

Chile: Vitamins and supplements

Swaziland: Refurbishment of quality assurance laboratories tender

Vietnam: EMS IT solutions and training services, ambulances

Poland: CO2 detectors for intubation tubes

To respond to these trade leads, please contact your local trade specialist.

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Policy Corner

I&A/Office of Consumer Goods and GM/Office of ASEAN has been working with U.S. industry, ASEAN’s Traditional Medicines and Health Supplements Working Group, and the US-ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI), a project of USAID/State, to develop a US-ASEAN Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Training Workshop, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 18-20, 2015.  This workshop is in follow-up to the US-ASEAN GMP workshop in Singapore, April 2014, and will focus on technical provisions of the U.S. GMPs for dietary supplements.  Speakers/trainers for the workshop will include two US industry experts.  Participants will include ASEAN regulators (responsible for health supplements and traditional medicines) and members of the Alliance of Health Supplement Associations (AAHSA) and ASEAN Alliance of Traditional Medicine Industries (AATMI). 

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Country Spotlight: Kuwait

Kuwait’s public healthcare sector accounts for more than 80% of the healthcare spending in the country. Currently, Kuwait’s Ministry of Health is the owner, operator, regulator, and financer of the vast majority of healthcare services rendered, pharmaceuticals purchased, and medical equipment acquired in the country. The Government of Kuwait is currently operating 15 general and specialized hospitals with the private sector expected to grow moderately in the coming years. Private companies are estimated to take a share of 15-20% of healthcare spending.

Read more about Kuwait and 66 other country spotlights in our 2015 Healthcare Technology Resource Guide.

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Looking for foreign market intelligence you can trust?  Need an expert’s advice on establishing an office overseas? Know the trade barriers to watch out for and the regulations you need to follow?How about culture and business customs for that next trip?

Look no further than the U.S. Commercial Department’s Country Commercial Guides.  Find information on:

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The Healthcare Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. health industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S.