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09SARAJEVO75
2009-01-16 15:03:00
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Embassy Sarajevo
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BOSNIA: FY09 BFIF PROJECT PROPOSALS

Tags:  BEXP ABUD AMGT BTIO ECON EINV ETRD 
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FM AMEMBASSY SARAJEVO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9545
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
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RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
UNCLAS SARAJEVO 000075 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EEB/CBA (DENNIS WINSTEAD) AND EUR/SCE
COMMERCE FOR 4232/ITA/MAC/EUR SILVIA SAVICH
ZAGREB FOR PAMELA WARD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ABUD AMGT BTIO ECON EINV ETRD
SUBJECT: BOSNIA: FY09 BFIF PROJECT PROPOSALS

REF: STATE 128559

UNCLAS SARAJEVO 000075

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EEB/CBA (DENNIS WINSTEAD) AND EUR/SCE
COMMERCE FOR 4232/ITA/MAC/EUR SILVIA SAVICH
ZAGREB FOR PAMELA WARD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ABUD AMGT BTIO ECON EINV ETRD
SUBJECT: BOSNIA: FY09 BFIF PROJECT PROPOSALS

REF: STATE 128559


1. Post appreciates EEB/CBA's offer of Business Facilitation
Incentive Fund (BFIF) support. Per reftel instructions, we
submit the following proposals in rank priority order. Our
responses are keyed to reftel instructions.


2. Regional Balkan Energy Meeting (Two-Day),April 2009.

a) The Balkan region, including the former countries of
Yugoslavia and Albania, have tremendous untapped
opportunities in the energy sector, particularly in the field
of electric power generation. Although Europe, and
particularly Germany and Austria, hold a traditional
advantage in these countries, it is critical that U.S.
missions in the region learn the technical and competitive
advantage of American companies in the energy sector and are
able to capitalize on opportunities as they arise in the next
few years, particularly in countries striving to modernize
power generation facilities and those working to improve
efficiency and environmental standards necessary to
ultimately join the European Union. Embassy Sarajevo
proposes a two-day meeting with interested Economic
Counselors and Commercial Officers/Specialists from countries
of the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo,
Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina) and
Albania to discuss mutual opportunities in the energy sector,
but most importantly, hear from U.S. company representatives
and USG energy experts that can better focus traditionally
non-technical energy experts on the task at hand -- improving
export opportunities for U.S. companies in the energy sector.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example, is at a critical point
of determining the next steps for widening its generation
capacity, particularly hydropower and coal-powered
facilities. There are also new opportunities in wind-powered
generation. They have begun feasibility studies in the
Federation, but are at an excellent point to seek the
expertise of American energy companies who could provide

equipment and advise on how to proceed.

b) Our planning milestones are to first agree on a joint
location and date for the event. We have had preliminary
discussions with counterparts at other Embassies in the
region, many of them have expressed interest in
participating. A central location on the region to where
many participants could drive or fly has been proposed. We
would then contact relevant US energy companies and USG
experts to invite them to speak to the group, limiting the
number based on travel costs, and likely recruiting US
executives already based in Europe. An April event date
would avoid the surge in costs of visiting more popular
locales in the summer months.

c) Estimated costs are as follows:

Three-days per diem (two half-day travel days): $1350
Number of officers/specialists (approx): 15
Travel Costs for participants: $5000 (many could drive)
Travel Costs for two US execs from Europe: $5000
Travel Costs for two USG energy experts from Washington:
$10000
Total: $40,250

d) Points of Contact:

Econ/Commercial Officer Tracey Newell
e-mail: NewellTB@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2040
fax: 387-33-659-722

Commercial Specialist Edhem Brankovic
email: BrankovicE@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2134
fax: 387-33-659-722


3. Regional Balkan Energy Visit to Power Gen/Seminar,
Cologne, Germany, May 2009

a) Similar to the justification for the proposed meeting
above, an alternative proposal would be to gather Econ
Counselors, Commercials Officers/Specialists at the May 26-28
Power Gen Trade Show in Cologne Germany. This would reduce
the costs of bringing experts to speak to the regional group
of officers, and maximize the number of potential speakers
based on conference participants.

b) Our planning milestones are generally fixed around the


date of the event, and would entail reaching out to potential
USG energy experts and US corporate executives intending to
attend the conference and asking them to participate in our
seminar.

c) Estimated costs are as follows:

Three-day per diem: $1077
Number of officers/specialists: 15
Travel Costs: $7500
Total: $23,655

d) Points of Contact:

Econ/Commercial Officer Tracey Newell
e-mail: NewellTB@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2040
fax: 387-33-659-722

Commercial Specialist Edhem Brankovic
email: BrankovicE@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2134
fax: 387-33-659-722


4. Training for Economic Specialist, BiH Banja Luka Officer,
Commercial Tradecraft

a) The Embassy's Banja Luka branch office represents the U.S.
mission in the entity of the Republika Srpska, an area that
has seen rapid growth in the private sector recently, and the
entity government with the most progressive privatization
policies. Because of this positive view toward the private
sector, many U.S. and European companies have been attracted
to the area to research business opportunities. Spomenko
Guzijan is a long-time Economic Specialist from Banja Luka
who attended the two-day Commercial Service meeting in Zagreb
in October 2008. Since that meeting, he has already
completed one successful business facilitation service for a
local distributor of U.S. products. We would like to expand
his knowledge of other Commercial Service opportunities and
services, particularly in light of the newly-signed MOU with
Commerce and State, and send him to the Commercial Tradecraft
Course in Washington, DC in June 2009.

b) Our planning milestones are straightforward -- successful
completion of training in Washington and continued follow-up
in Banja Luka with potential trade and investment
opportunities for U.S. Companies.

c) Estimate costs are as follows:

Sarajevo-Washington, round trip airfare: $2000
Per Diem (Five Days): $1500
Ground Transport: $200
Total: $3700

d) Points of Contact:

Econ/Commercial Officer Tracey Newell
e-mail: NewellTB@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2040
fax: 387-33-659-722

Commercial Specialist Edhem Brankovic
email: BrankovicE@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2134
fax: 387-33-659-722


5. CEE Market Watch Online Publication 2009-2010 Subscription

a) Embassy Sarajevo's ECON section scraped together the funds
to finance a partial year of the online publication, CEE
Market Watch, which has been critical to improving our
understanding of the business and finance activities
happening in the region. There are no other English
publications to which we can refer for such information on
Bosnia and Herzegovina and has been a quick and easy way to
confirm information found in Bosnian language in the local
press. With only one ECON and one Commercial specialist, we
do not have the local personnel to sufficiently cover all of
the relevant local economic and commercial news. Based on
its importance to our commercial efforts, we propose using
BFIF funds in 2009 to finance a one-year subscription to the
publication.

b) Planned milestones would be to request the subscription
and begin to receive it once our existing subscription runs
out in August 2009.

c) Cost is as follows:

One-year subscription (USG discounted rate): $1890

d) Points of Contact:

Econ/Commercial Officer Tracey Newell
e-mail: NewellTB@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2040
fax: 387-33-659-722

Commercial Specialist Edhem Brankovic
email: BrankovicE@state.gov
tel: 387-33-445-700 ext. 2134
fax: 387-33-659-722
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