Volume 88 | October 26, 2018
Cairo, Egypt – As part of this week’s U.S. Business Mission to Egypt, USTDA’s Acting Director, Thomas R. Hardy, met with Egyptian Ministers such as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Tarek El Molla and with the more than 40 U.S. companies on the Business Mission, who are all working together to support mutually-beneficial commercial opportunities for both countries .

The Business Mission, which was organized by the U.S. Egypt Business Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, also served as the backdrop for USTDA’s grant signing with Enjaz Project Management , an Egyptian supplier and service provider in energy and heavy industries markets. The grant agreement supports a feasibility study for the development of the Enjaz Integrated Petrochemical Complex Project, a methanol-based chemical complex in the Suez Canal Economic Zone that will utilize Egypt’s abundant, newfound natural gas resources to support the country’s growing economy.

The U.S. firm, Fluor (Irving, TX) one of the world's largest engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance companies, will carry out the study.

“I appreciate the opportunity to visit Egypt and meet with public and private sector partners to discuss ongoing and future cooperation,” said Acting Director Hardy. “USTDA is pleased to partner with Enjaz and Fluor on this important project supporting Egypt’s petrochemical sector. I am excited to see the new business opportunities and jobs created as a direct result of USTDA’s engagement in this important development project.”

Mr. Omar Hamza, Chairman and CEO of Enjaz added, “Enjaz is delighted to work with a well-reputed execution partner, like Fluor, and highly appreciates the support and grant received from USTDA. This project is the first specialty chemical project of its kind in Egypt, and has the potential to diversify Egypt’s petrochemical portfolio while creating new economic opportunities.”

“Fluor is pleased to be part of this important project with Enjaz and USTDA,” said Al Collins, President of Fluor Energy and Chemicals business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “We are committed to supporting local entrepreneurs, like Enjaz, who contribute significantly to local industry and community development. We also appreciate the important role of USTDA in promoting new business opportunities for American companies, like Fluor, in Egypt.”

“This important agreement signed today and the robust U.S. business trade mission that is currently visiting Egypt are concrete examples of the cooperative work that the United States and Egypt pursue to deepen and strengthen our longstanding commercial and development partnership,” said U.S. Embassy Cairo Chargé d’Affaires, Thomas H. Goldberger.

Acting Director Hardy signed the grant with Enjaz’s CEO Mr. Omar Hamza at a ceremony during the Business Mission.
October 30, 2018
Location: Arlington, VA

As part of the   Kenya and Rwanda Cybersecurity Reverse Trade Mission , USTDA is hosting a business briefing for U.S. companies to learn about Kenya and Rwanda’s cybersecurity infrastructure development plans and goals. The business briefing presents the opportunity to meet with high level decision-makers from both countries and to potentially form new partnerships.
November 13 - 14, 2018
Location: Senegal

Solar mini-grids are an increasingly viable solution for providing remote populations with reliable electricity access. In Senegal, where only 34 percent of the rural population has access to electricity, mini-grids present a promising alternative to traditional grid infrastructure.

Join us for a workshop featuring presentations by U.S., Senegalese, and other African experts from both the public and private sectors. The discussions will address quality assurance, system planning, energy storage systems, and data management. Participants will learn about upcoming opportunities in the Senegalese market, as well as cross-cutting issues affecting other West African markets.
December 3, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA

As part of the  West Africa Smart Grid Reverse Trade Mission , USTDA is hosting a business briefing for U.S. companies to learn about upcoming projects opportunities West Africa’s power sector. This event provides an opportunity to engage with key decision-makers and create new partnerships.
December 6, 2018
Location: Houston, TX

As part of the  Egypt Refineries Modernization Reverse Trade Mission , USTDA is hosting a business briefing for U.S. companies to meet with decision-makers from Egypt’s oil and gas industry and learn about upcoming project opportunities. The event will offer the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the delegates to showcase your company’s technologies and services.
December 10-11, 2018
Location: Mumbai

USTDA is hosting an India Energy Storage and Smart Grid Workshop II in Mumbai for U.S. companies to learn about upcoming projects and procurements in India’s energy sector.  

The agenda will cover India’s plans regarding development of sustainable grids, big data, grid load balancing, and integration of renewables. U.S. companies will learn how they can get involved with these projects and will have the opportunity to meet with decision-makers to possibly form new partnerships.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support development and expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. To accomplish these objectives, the Partnership focuses on business recruitment, expansion, and international trade.
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
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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