TradePosts Issue: January 7 2016
ARLINGTON, Va. - This week, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency released its Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report, which highlights its successful efforts to connect U.S. industry with global infrastructure opportunities.  This year, the Agency maintained an extraordinary return on investment for U.S. taxpayers, supporting over $74 of U.S. exports for every dollar it programmed.

 
ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is expanding its investments in sustainable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa.  An implementing agency of the U.S. government's Power Africa initiative, USTDA invests in project preparation activities designed to generate renewable and gas-fired power, modernize electric grids and increase energy efficiency.  The Agency's programs are available to help African project sponsors prepare bankable clean energy projects.

 
Upcoming Events
     
February 2, 2016: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Air Traffic Management & Air Traffic Control Workshop
Location:
 Manila, Philippines

USTDA is hosting an interactive discussion about the importance of enhancing air traffic management (ATM) and air traffic control (ATC) in the Asia Pacific region.  The workshop will connect U.S. companies to key decision makers from several APEC economies, as well as  facilitate an exchange of best practices for improving the overall efficiency of airline operations and reducing aviation congestion, emissions, fuel consumption, and transportation costs.


March 13-24, 2016:  East Africa Ports Security & Modernization Reverse Trade Mission 
Locations:
Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Miami, FL; Houston, TX

USTDA will host a delegation of senior public and private sector officials from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Djibouti for an East Africa Ports Security and Modernization Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). The RTM is designed to introduce delegates to U.S. technologies, service providers, operational best practices, financing products, and training resources in the areas of port development, operation and security. The RTM will address key themes of security and safety solutions, including risk assessment methodologies and best practices for cross-departmental coordination.

March 16, 2016: East Africa Ports Security & Modernization Business Briefing
Location:
 Baltimore, MD

As part of the East Africa Ports Security and Modernization Reverse Trade Mission, there will be a one-day Business Briefing at the Baltimore, MD World Trade Center on March 16, 2016. This Business Briefing will provide a forum for the delegates to share information with U.S. companies on their needs, upcoming procurements and plans for port development in East Africa. One-on-one meetings with U.S. companies will be arranged for the delegates.

USTDA will host a delegation of senior public and private sector officials from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania for an East Africa Airports Security and Modernization Reverse Trade Mission (RTM). The RTM is designed to introduce delegates to U.S. technologies, service providers, operational best practices, financing products and training resources in the areas of airport development, operation and security. The RTM will address key themes of security and safety solutions, including risk assessment methodologies and best practices for cross-departmental coordination.

April 26, 2016: East Africa Airport Security & Modernization Business Briefing
Location: Arlington, VA

As part of the East Africa Airport Security and Modernization Reverse Trade Mission, there will be a one-day Business Briefing at the USTDA Business Center in Arlington, VA on April 26, 2016. This Business Briefing will provide a forum for the delegates to share information with U.S. companies on their needs, upcoming procurements and plans for airport development in East Africa. One-on-one meetings with U.S. companies will be arranged for the delegates.


 
 
Trade Leads

Jordan: Smart Grid Upgrades to Irbid District Electricity Company's Distribution Network: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Tender
In March 2012, USTDA provided funding for a feasibility study to design a smart grid system for the Irbid District Electricity Company (IDECO) in Jordan.  IDECO is one of three electricity distribution companies in Jordan.  This earlier study, along with similar USTDA-funded smart grid studies for the two other electricity distribution companies in Jordan, are helping modernize the country's electrical grid and improve electricity stability and reliability while reducing costs. Click Here for More Info

Rwanda: Rwaza I & II Hydropower Projects
A USTDA grant to Rwandan energy developer DC HydroPower Ltd is funding Technical Assistance to support the company's plans to develop two small run-of-the-river hydropower plants on the Mukungwa River in Rwanda's northwest Musanze District.   Click Here for More Info

Johannesburg 3MW In-Pipe Hydropower Scheme
The City of Johannesburg is set to release a tender for a 3 MW in-pipe hydropower scheme, specifically the installation of hydroelectric turbines in its bulk water reticulation system. These turbines could generate up to ten percent of the energy required to power Johannesburg's city water utility.  The preliminary work on the in-pipe hydropower project has reportedly been completed and the city expects to introduce the first 3 MW of in-pipe power during the first quarter of 2016.  Click Here for More Info
 
Costa Rica: Public Tender for Consulting Services: Master Planning for the New Metropolitan International Airport
The Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) has published an invitation to present quotes for professional consulting services to prepare the integrated master plan for the new Metropolitan International Airport that will replace the Juan Santamaría International Airport near San José, Costa Rica.  Click Here for More Info

 
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Making Global Local
Making Global Local is an initiative designed to connect towns and cities across the country with USTDA's export-promoting programs. Over the past few years, U.S. companies have increasingly targeted emerging economies as export destinations. 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.
 
 
On January 4th, the Los Angeles Economic Development Council (LAEDC) released its 2016-2020 L.A. County Strategic Plans for Economic Development.  This new five-year Strategic Plan serves as a "roadmap" to improve standards of living for L.A. County's 10 million residents by fostering more broadly shared prosperity.
 
Since 1981, the LAEDC has worked to attract, retain and grow businesses and quality jobs for the 10 million residents of L.A. County. This includes serving the county's 88 cities and 100+ unincorporated communities through its free business assistance and attraction programs, economic research and analysis, real estate advisory services, trade and investment assistance and public policy leadership.  

  
About USTDA:
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. 

 
USTDA is an official partner of BusinessUSA, a one-stop shop for connecting businesses with U.S. Government resources. 

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