Volume 85 | May 1 st , 2018
by: Mehnaz Ansari
Country Representative
South and Southeast Asia, USTDA

In September 2017, the U.S Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted the India Aviation Safety, Security and Airport Infrastructure Reverse Trade Mission in the United States. As India aims to invest $120 billion in civil aviation over next ten years, this visit occurred at an opportune time for decision-makers to meet with the U.S. stakeholders to consider potential partnership opportunities, and to obtain leading best practices that can allow India to leapfrog the growth trajectory of its aviation sector. The itinerary was designed to support India's aviation infrastructure goals, while at the same time inform U.S. businesses of upcoming aviation opportunities in India.

Led by India's Secretary of Civil Aviation, Mr. Rajiv Narayan Choubey, the high - level delegation included Chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Director-General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) Mr. Rajesh Kumar Chandra, Executive Director (ANS) of AAI, Mr. Sylvester Israel and CEO of AAI's Cargo Division, Mr. Keku Gazdar. The delegates participated in three days of meetings with U.S. government stakeholders including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration. The itinerary involved tours of FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) based at Reagan National Airport.

In addition to meeting with U.S. government representatives, the delegation engaged with U.S. industry attending sites at Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace, and United Technologies. Additionally, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) hosted an industry roundtable where the delegates presented on upcoming procurements and their aviation infrastructure goals.

The visit supported business engagement between two countries, as well as strengthened existing relationships, marking the beginning of yet another successful chapter of cooperation between the U.S. and India in civil aviation. In fact, during the visit, USTDA awarded a grant to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for an airport sustainability master plan project that will be carried out by U.S. firm, Landrum and Brown (Pictured above).

Following the visit, the Chairman of India's Airports Authority indicated that though he traveled frequently on such missions all over the world, he was impressed with such successful outcomes and follow-ups after this mission. Only four months after the visit, we can already see signs of new partnerships forming. In fact, FAA invited AAI to its Command Center in January 2018. Also, AAI teams have visited the Boeing and Honeywell Center s of Excellence in Bangalore and Madurai to strengthen their cooperation.

Guiding the two countries engagement is the U.S.- India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), which provides a platform for stakeholders to discuss shared challenges and set goals for the future. Through the ACP, USTDA has sponsored more than two dozen activities in India's civil aviation sector. Through projects, programs, workshops, and summits, the U.S. and India have partnered on strategic areas of aviation safety, security, and airport infrastructure. The cooperation continues to produce outstanding results where ACP member companies have worked on capacity building efforts for DGCA and BCAS and improvement of Air Navigation Services of Airport Authority of India.

Currently, USTDA is working closely with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to prepare for the sixth ACP Summit, set for summer 2018 in Mumbai. At the Summit, stakeholders will come together to discuss shared successes and continue setting ambitious goals to strengthen India' s civil aviation sector in the years to come. We look forward to seeing you there!
May 9th - 11th, 2018

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ministry of Civil Aviation – Government of India (GOI), in partnership with the U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program, will host the 6th biennial U.S.-India Aviation Summit, May 9-11, 2018 , at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India .

The Summit will bring together senior representatives from the public and private sectors of India and the U.S. to bolster long-term strategic and commercial aviation cooperation, led by activities under the USTDA-sponsored U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). As the world’s ninth largest aviation market, valued at $16 billion per year, India’s civil aviation sector maintains a high growth trajectory, poised to be the third largest market globally by 2020 and, potentially, the largest by 2030. 

The Summit will offer a technical, policy, and commercial forum to assist India civil aviation agencies and aviation industry representatives, including private sector airlines and airport operators, to identify advanced U.S. technologies and practices that can support their expansion and modernization efforts.

The event will also outline new project opportunities for U.S. companies. For more information, read the event flyer, here , or visit www.US-IndiaAviationSummit.com .
May 4th, 2018
Location: San Mateo, CA

As part of the  South Africa Smart Cities Technologies Reverse Trade Mission , USTDA is hosting a business briefing to connect U.S. companies to telecommunications project opportunities with South Africa. The event will inform U.S. businesses on South Africa’s development plans for its information and communications technology infrastructure. One-on-one meetings between the delegates and U.S. companies will be arranged.

This event is being organized by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). For more information about how your company can participate, please contact Nina Kundra at  nkundra@bciu.org

Click  here  to view the event flyer.
May 8th, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C.

As part of the  Brazil Airport Security Technologies Reverse Trade Mission , USTDA is hosting a business roundtable. This event will allow U.S. companies to gain market intelligence on Brazil’s plans and upcoming procurements in the aviation sector. U.S. companies will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with key decision-makers from Brazil’s aviation sector. 

This event is being organized by Futron Aviation. For more information about how your company can participate, please contact Ken Neubauer at (757) 269-9909  kneubauer@futronaviation.com .

Click  here  to view the event flyer.
May 17th, 2018
Location: Pittsburgh, PA.

As part of the  Coal-Fired Power Emissions Control Technologies Reverse Trade Mission for India, Indonesia and Vietnam , USTDA is hosting a Business Briefing focused on opportunities related to emissions monitoring and control technologies for coal-fired power plants. The event will allow U.S. businesses to learn about India, Indonesia and Vietnam’s plans for implementing emissions technology at coal-fired power plants.

This event is being organized by Eastern Research Group (ERG). For more information on how your company or organization can participate, please contact David Sellers at  david.sellers@erg.com  or 434-979-0218.
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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
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