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March 30, 2012
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USTDA SUPPORTS VESSEL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS AT EL SALVADOR'S PORT LA UNION

ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to El Salvador's Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma (CEPA), to support a technical assistance program for the development of vessel traffic improvements at the Port of La Unión. CEPA, the Salvadoran government entity responsible for developing and managing the nation's transportation infrastructure, intends to expand operations at the port under a public-private partnership.

The $216, 582 technical assistance grant will help CEPA facilitate the safe passage of shipping vessels through the port's approach channel by assessing vessel traffic management and navigation, dredging and maintenance, and tug boat and pilot boat service. CEPA intends to undertake improvement programs in these areas to ensure safe access to the port and to promote a successful public-private partnership.

The grant awarded today supports the Administration's Partnership for Growth Initiative in El Salvador, which is an innovative approach to bilateral cooperation that joins the United States and El Salvador as partners in advancing El Salvador's economic growth.

The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded technical assistance will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. Links to the FBO announcement will be posted on USTDA's website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement. CEPA will select the U.S. contractor that will carry out the technical assistance.

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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 planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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