Volume 94 | February 10, 2019
Manila, Philippines  – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to support implementation of the Philippines National Broadband Network Project . The grant will fund technical assistance to help DICT advance its plans to provide broadband access to underserved markets throughout the Philippines.

The advisors, which are to be selected by DICT from qualified U.S. firms, will assist DICT in refining technical and operational designs, assessing future market demand, and preparing documentation required for the financing and implementation of the network.   

“This grant demonstrates USTDA’s commitment to supporting the development of quality information and communications infrastructure and broadband capabilities in the Philippines,” said Thomas R. Hardy, USTDA’s Acting Director. “At the same time, this project will expand opportunities for U.S. companies to deliver innovative technologies and solutions in the Philippines market.”

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, signed the grant on behalf of USTDA, along with DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr., during a ceremony at DICT headquarters in Manila.  

“The U.S. is a strong friend, partner, and ally of the Philippines, and I am proud to expand our partnership in technology and communications,” said Ambassador Kim. “This grant supports the Philippine government’s goal of improving connectivity across the country and transitioning towards a digital economy.”

The opportunity to conduct this USTDA-sponsored technical assistance will be competed through the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website ( www.fbo.gov ).  A link to the announcement will be posted to USTDA’s website at  www.ustda.gov  in the coming weeks. Interested firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.   
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February 21, 2019
Location: Johannesburg

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February 25, 2019
Location: Boston, MA

As part of the China Clean Energy Study Tour for Urban Waste Management, USTDA is hosting a business briefing for U.S. companies where delegates will present on China’s urban and construction waste management goals and how U.S. businesses can get involved. The delegation includes senior level decision-makers from China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, as well as well as senior managers of private environmental technology companies.
February 28, 2019
Location: Washington, D.C.

China’s Healthcare market is one of the fastest growing in the world – interested in learning how your company can get involved? USTDA will host an Industry Workshop in Washington, D.C. for U.S. companies featur ing discussions on key industry issues such as lifecycle pharmaceutical quality control, post-marketing assessments, new trends in product development, and retail distribution. U.S. attendees will have an opportunity to connect directly with senior officials from CNMPA and to learn about the needs and goals of China’s pharmaceutical sector. Registration is required – save your seat today!
World Trade Center St. Louis
Established in 1993, World Trade Center St. Louis is dedicated to developing a comprehensive international agenda for the region by bringing together the human expertise and the government resources for international business growth.

World Trade Center St. Louis is certified in the top 10 percent of the 300 World Trade Centers globally and has assisted regional businesses in achieving nearly one-quarter of a billion dollars in new international business. It provides the business community with valuable resources such as: international market research; comprehensive data systems; premier events; business-to-business matchmaking; and educational opportunities.
Making Global Local
Making Global Local  is an initiative designed to connect cities and states across the country with USTDA's export-promoting programs by forming strategic partnerships with key state and local trade promotion organizations. 

Given its unique role, USTDA is perfectly positioned to support U.S. businesses interested in entering or expanding their presence in developing and middle-income countries. If your organization is interested in partnering with USTDA, please send us an email at  mgl@ustda.gov
About USTDA
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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