Newsletter – June 2023

Minnesota DEC Newsletter – June 2023


A quick monthly update for Minnesota exporters from Minnesota District Export Council. Subscribe by simply following instructions at the end of this newsletter.

Happy June Everyone!

I don’t know about you all, but the summer weather is making me feel like a new person. It’s so energizing! That energy comes at a perfect time as June is a big month for our board.

First, we have a number of long-time DEC members who are resigning from their positions. I cannot say thank you enough to those people who have dedicated time to our organization. Over the years, That leaves us with an important mission, to recruit new DEC members. If you have interest in becoming a DEC board member, please let us know. A member of our Executive Committee is happy to talk to you about what serving on our board means and the expectation. Also, if there’s someone in your network that you think may be interested, please nudge them to contact us. Our board has an in-person meeting on June 20th and we’re inviting potential DEC members to join us to get an introduction to the group. 

Also, this month, we start our strategic planning. As a group that is tasked with growing exports for the state of Minnesota, we are seeking new and innovative ways to reach the export audience. We’d love any comments or ideas as to what services we can provide. Is there an information or service gap somewhere that we can fill? Is there anything you’d like to see in our newsletter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments here.  Every idea is an opportunity.

Now get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Shannen Bornsen, MN DEC Chair

Updates for Minnesota Exporters

We are highlighting the US Commercial Service Global Environmental Technologies highlights of opportunities for U.S. technology and service providers seeking to grow their international sales. If you would like to connect with your local U.S. Trade Specialist to assist with any of these or other opportunities, please visit our Contact Us page online or email

Opportunities with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

June 12, 2023 | 10:00 AM EDT – Virtual

The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), part of the Dubai government in the United Arab Emirates, is hosting a webinar to speak about CleanTech projects and how U.S. companies can participate in the bidding process. The discussion will include DEWA’s strategy and the path towards achieving the UAE Vision 2050.

The FREE webinar will take place at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. CDT / 7:00 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 12. The virtual event is inclusive to all U.S. companies and will be of most value for those in the CleanTech, Smart Cities, E-Mobility, Green Building, Cyber Security, Renewable Energy, Water Technologies, and Smart Grid sectors.

 Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Mr. Thomas Bruns, Regional Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi
  • Mr. Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President – Business Development & Excellence, DEWA 
  • Mr. Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President – Innovation & The Future, DEWA 
  • Mr. Branly Nasoour, Vice President – Water Projects, Engineering & New Connections, DEWA 
  • Dr. Yousef Al Akraf Executive Vice President – Business Support & Human Resources, DEWA

Questions?  RSVP Here

Colombia Water and Wastewater Congress ACODAL | June 7-9, 2023, | Bogota, Colombia

The U.S. Commercial Service in Colombia will be present at ACODAL’s Water and Wastewater Congress from June 7-9, 2023. The most important event for the water and wastewater sector in Colombia. The event will take place in the city of Bogota, the capital of the country, where approximately 25% of the country’s GDP is concentrated.

Our office will provide trade assistance during the show by introducing U.S. companies to Colombia’s key water, and wastewater companies who are investing in new technologies to improve sanitation in Colombia. It is also an opportunity for participants to meet with highly qualified distributors, government decision-makers, trade associations, and other industry stakeholders to develop business opportunities in Colombia.

Value-Added Assistance for U.S. Companies

The U.S. Commercial Service in Colombia will support U.S. companies with:

  • A space in the U.S. Commercial Service’s directory to showcase their technology, product, or service. This directory will be distributed at the U.S. Commercial Service booth during the event’s three days.
  • Assistance at the U.S. Commercial Service booth.

For more information, please contact

Working with the Asian Development Bank 101 | June 20, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT | Virtual

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an organization that finances development projects in the Asia Pacific Region related to environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. The webinar is an introduction to the ADB and how U.S. companies can engage with the bank’s procurement opportunities.

Who Should Join?

The ADB 101 webinar is designed for U.S. manufacturers, suppliers, project developers, and consultants of all sizes interested in learning about the ADB. Small companies are encouraged to attend. This webinar is designed as a precursor to the ADB 201 in-person sessions, which will be held during the 2023 Asian Development Bank Roadshow, led by Ambassador Chantale Wong, U.S. Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank.

Why Join? 

The Asian Development Bank opportunities afford new possibilities to U.S. companies to expand their export business. During the webinar, companies will be given information on how to navigate the process of working with the ADB right from the ADB Procurement Specialists. Joining this webinar is also intended to equip U.S. companies interested in participating in the Asian Development Bank Roadshow 2023* with the fundamental knowledge they will build on during subsequent sessions at the Roadshow events.

Registration Fee: $25

Questions? – Register Here

U.S. Cleantech Trade Mission to China: Virtual Info Sessions 

June 28, 2023 | 9:00pm EDT | 6:00pm PDT

July 26, 2023 | 2:00pm EDT | 11:00am PDT

Join us for one of our free summer Virtual Info Sessions on the upcoming 2023 U.S. Cleantech Trade Mission to China, our first since borders have reopened!

 Attendees will learn how to participate in the October/November 2023 trade mission, organized by the U.S.-China Cleantech Center, in cooperation with ITA and the U.S. Commercial Service.

 The U.S. Cleantech Trade Mission will span 6 localities in 8 days – including Hong Kong, Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and more – and will enable U.S. companies to explore new market opportunities as China transitions to a low carbon economy, estimated to require more than $20 trillion in green investments over the next 40 years to meet its decarbonization goals.

 For questions and additional details, please contact or

June 28 Session

July 26 Session

Cleantech Market Opportunities & Financing in Canada and Mexico Webinar | Thursday, July 13, 2023 | 11:00am PDT | Virtual

Please join the U.S. Commercial Service in San Francisco and Entrepreneurs Futures Network / Empower Innovation, an entrepreneur network and associated initiative of the California Energy Commission, as we host the Cleantech Market Opportunities and Financing in Canada & Mexico, Thursday, July 13, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT.

 Learn about the many cleantech opportunities in Canada and Mexico’s expanding energy mix and an upcoming trade mission as we hear from Commercial Service Specialists from Canada and Mexico and learn about additional opportunities and financing options available to fund alternative energy strategies in these two growing markets from the Export Import Bank (EXIM), the official export credit agency of the United States. The event will conclude with question & answer session with the event speakers.

 If your U.S. company specializes in Renewable Energy, Environmental Tech, Decarbonization Tech & Air Pollution Control, and/or Water & Waste Water, then this is an event that cannot be missed! Join us as we work to support the UN Climate goals to expand the energy transition mix by 2050!

 For questions, please reach out to me, Register Here

Market Research: Environmental Technology Resource Guide

Looking for your next international market? Wanting to learn more about the latest opportunities in key countries around the world? Our recently released Environmental Technologies Resource Guide has market snapshots from over 20 countries around the world. Our industry specialists in those markets would be happy to help U.S. exporters learn more and take advantage of the opportunities highlighted in the Resource Guide. Read More

MN DEC’s Legislative Education and Outreach Committee has produced its first white paper on EU Medical Device RegulationPlease reach out to us for a copy.

Need help getting started in exporting in Minnesota? Contact us here.

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Minnesota District Export Council Directors are appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Our Minnesota Directors can be found here. If you are based in Minnesota and are interested in joining, please send us a note here.

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