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The Advocacy Center

Early Project Development

Your firm can reap the most benefit from contact with the Advocacy Center at the earliest stages of a project. Early expressions of interest by an overseas government ministry or agency, followed by your company's expressions of interest, often help shape the tender specifications and can improve your chances of winning a tender. When your efforts are combined with U.S. Government advocacy, the prospects of winning improve even more!


Therefore, to better serve U.S. firms seeking to win major projects overseas, the Advocacy Center is leading the President's TPCC Early Project Development efforts within the Department of Commerce. The Advocacy Center works closely with the Export-Import Bank of the United States and other key agencies to make sure U.S. companies have access to bidding opportunities and U.S. Government financing commitments at the earliest stages of competitions. The purpose of early project development is to assist U.S. firms by identifying overseas projects likely to lead to tenders and to identify ways in which TPCC departments and agencies can appropriately assist U.S. firms seeking to compete and win these upcoming tenders.


As indicated by U.S. industry, early expressions of financing are essential to compete with foreign companies -- often, the financing is the focus of the competition! As a result, the Center is developing close working relationships with the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), the Trade and Development Agency (TDA) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In fact, through a formal cooperative arrangement, Ex-Im and the Center can develop attractive financing packages which offer your project a competitive edge.


The Advocacy Center's Regional Managers work on early project development tasks under the overall guidance of the Center's Director and with inputs from our embassies overseas, clients, and members of the TPCC.


The Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee

The TPCC is an interagency committee chaired by the Secretary of Commerce. It was established under the Export Enhancement Act of 1992 to provide a unifying framework to coordinate the export promotion and export financing activities of the U.S. government and to develop a government-wide strategic plan for carrying out such programs. The weight of any or all of these agencies can be leveraged to support your project.


Members of the TPCC include:


Department of Commerce
Department of State
Department of the Treasury
Department of Transportation
Department of Agriculture
Department of Energy
Department of Defense
Department of Labor
Department of the Interior
Agency for International Development
Trade and Development Agency
Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Information Agency
Small Business Administration
Overseas Private Investment
Corporation Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Council of Economic Advisors
Office of Management & Budget
National Economic Council
National Security Council