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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – (July 18, 2006) Developing the necessary infrastructure for the Rio de Janeiro State Secretariat for Civil Defense (SEDC) to prepare for and respond to emergencies is the goal of a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant awarded today to SEDC. The $704,970 grant will be used to fund technical assistance to help establish an emergency operations center (EOC) for SEDC.


A signing ceremony to confer the grant was held at SEDC headquarters during an official visit to Brazil by USTDA Director Thelma J. Askey. Director Askey and Carlos Alberto de Carvalho, Secretary of Civil Defense and Military Fire Brigade Commander, signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. government and SEDC, respectively.


"USTDA recognizes the important role that emergency management infrastructure can play in a country’s economic development," said Director Askey on the signing of the grant agreement. "The establishment of an emergency operations center will help SEDC effectively realize an integrated emergency management system and provide the tools necessary to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade hazards."


SEDC is the state agency responsible for disaster prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and reconstruction programs in the State of Rio de Janeiro. To carry out its mission effectively, SEDC is seeking to establish an EOC to provide the necessary critical infrastructure to plan for and respond to natural and manmade disasters and major events. The USTDA-funded technical assistance will support this objective by developing the EOC’s operational and technical design, and related equipment and technology specifications.


The competitive contracting opportunity associated with the USTDA grant awarded today will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website at U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. SEDC will select the U.S. firm that will provide the USTDA-funded assistance associated with the grant.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.  The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.  USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.  In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.