TradePosts Issue: July 11, 2016
President's Advisory Council Recognizes the Value of USTDA's Efforts to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Commercial Engagement

Last week, the President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa highlighted the results USTDA achieves for its U.S. and African partners. Moreover, its members recommended additional funding for the Agency and an expansion of its training programs and Global Procurement Initiative (GPI).

Watch the video footage of the meeting where the Council announced their recommendations:

  •   1:58:   Varian Medical Systems applauds the Agency's results
  •   6:20:   USAID Administrator Gayle Smith calls USTDA "small, but mighty"
  • 12:40:   USTDA Director Zak responds to the recommendations
In 2014, USTDA funded the Royal Power Gas-Fired IPP Feasibility Study for the Royal Power Integrated and General Services Limited Company (RPIS), a private sector independent power producer and energy advisory company in Nigeria. The objective of the feasibility study was to assist RPIS in completing the technical and financial feasibility analyses that are required to obtain a power generation license from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), as obtaining a license is a prerequisite to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA).
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2016
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Expression of Interest: Solar Power Plant in Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Nkonkobe Municipality intends to develop a solar plant farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province and requests Expressions of Interest (EOI). This project provides a potential opportunity for U.S. companies to tap into South Africa's energy market and work with local authorities to provide innovative and affordable solutions for energy development.
Proposal Deadline: July 18, 2016
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Ethiopian Procurement of Reach Stackers
The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE), representing the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, released an international tender for the procurement of eight reach stacker machines and related services. ESLSE provides coastal and international marine transport services between the port of Djibouti and ports throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and Asia. ESLSE also offers other shipping, logistics and dry port services in Ethiopia.
Proposal Deadline: July 28, 2016 
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Mexico: International Competitive Tender: Shared Network (Red Compartida) for Telecommunications Services
The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT), has published an international competitive tender for the design, installation, operation and commercialization of a nationwide 4G mobile wholesale Shared Network (Red Compartida).
Proposal Deadline: August 8, 2016 
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USTDA will host a Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) on Power Line Maintenance Training to connect U.S. industry with commercial and development opportunities in China. The RTM delegation will include of representatives of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). The two week agenda involves a traditional RTM where delegates meet with U.S. experts and suppliers of power line maintenance equipment, and there will also be a training program on safe maintenance of live power transmission lines.

Vietnam Natural Gas Sector Reverse Trade Mission (RTM)
Date: October 16, 2016 - October 29, 2016 

As announced  by the White House, USTDA is hosting the Vietnam Natural Gas Sector Reverse Trade Mission. The delegation will include up to 12 high-level representatives from Vietnam's energy sector seeking to modernize, expand and improve the overall efficiency and performance of the country's natural gas infrastructure.
As part of the Vietnam Natural Gas Sector Reverse Trade Mission there will be a one-day Business Briefing in Houston, Texas. This Business Briefing will provide a forum for 12 high-level representatives from Vietnam's energy sector to share information with U.S. companies on their needs, upcoming procurements and plans for natural gas development in Vietnam. One-on-one meetings with the delegates will be arranged for U.S. companies.


The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) is the Commonwealth's primary international business development agency. With its mission to promote trade and investment, MOITI is dedicated to building successful international collaborations and partnerships essential to bringing new economic opportunities and investments to the state. This includes regularly hosting international delegations, supporting meetings between state leaders and foreign visitors, and negotiating and implementing agreements with other countries, international regions or foreign development agencies.
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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.
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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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