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Special American Business Internship Training Program
Promoting Partnerships, Generating Results

SABIT GROUP PROGRAM

GEMS & JEWELRY
for Pakistan

May 22 – June 12, 2010 (Dates Tentative)

SCOPE AND MISSION
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of South Asia and Oceania and the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program is developing a Gems and Jewelry Program for Pakistan. The Program will train up to 18 mid- to senior-level experts from the Pakistani gem and jewelry industry. The program is seeking male and female professionals from throughout Pakistan, representing the entire value chain of the Pakistan gems and jewelry industry. These delegates, screened and selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce, will represent companies, associations and governmental agencies who are seeking information on innovations and trends in manufacturing, marketing, promotion and general management practices.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Gems and Jewelry Program will provide a comprehensive understanding of the jewelry industry in the United States. The goal is for these high-level professionals to return home with the skills and knowledge necessary to affect change and make improvements within their own organizations, in Pakistan and the region. This program is designed for participants to develop contacts for future sales. Participants will not be selling their products during this program.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
This program will begin May 22, 2010 in Washington, DC with an orientation and visits to relevant government agencies and associations in the Washington, DC-area. The program may include capacity building in policy, legislation, standards, certification, business plan development, cross-cultural negotiations, and management for global business. This will be followed by two weeks of comprehensive site visits, training at U.S. company facilities and a visit to a trade show.

BENEFITS OF U.S. PARTICIPATION
This is a unique opportunity for U.S. organizations to provide industry insight and training while showcasing their products and services to Eurasian counterparts. In addition, U.S. organizations hosting this delegation can start to build relationships with these professionals to exchange information and contacts. Through these valuable contacts, host companies can better explore commercial opportunities and partnerships in the region.

HOST THIS DELEGATION
SABIT is currently looking for U.S. hosts to provide training for a few hours or a full day at their organizations. Training will cover the following topics that are relevant to the delegates, and represents some of the current challenges they face within their organizations:

Overview of the U.S. gems and jewelry industry

Education

Certification/Grading

U.S. system of importation, distribution and retail

Design/Intellectual Property Rights

Security/Insurance

Business, management and financial themes

COST OF PARTICIPATION
SABIT will cover the majority of program costs for all delegates, including round-trip airfare to the United States, U.S. domestic travel, lodging, insurance, a per diem to defray the cost of meals and incidental expenses, and a facilitator to travel with the group. Delegates pay for travel to the departure city in Pakistan, their U.S. visa and any meals and incidental expenses not covered by the per diem. U.S. host companies and organizations are asked to provide their industry expertise in the topics pertaining to this particular program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more about this program, please contact:

Tracy Rollins, Director, SABIT Program
Telephone: (202) 482-0073
Fax: (202) 482-2443
E-mail: tracy.rollins@trade.gov