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Larry W. Walther Sworn in as USTDA Director LARRY W. WALTHER SWORN IN AS USTDA DIRECTOR
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2008) – Larry W. Walther was sworn in today as the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The assumption of his duties follows his confirmation by the United States Senate on March 14, 2008 and official appointment by President George W. Bush. | Full Story

USTDA Releases 2007 Annual Report Naming Colombia as Country of the Year USTDA RELEASES 2007 ANNUAL REPORT NAMING COLOMBIA AS COUNTRY OF THE YEAR
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 2, 2008) – Today, Acting Director Leocadia I. Zak announced the release of USTDA's fiscal year 2007 Annual Report, detailing the agency's developmental and commercial achievements. Reflecting the success of the agency's program in advancing mutual economic benefits and U.S. policy priorities, the Report also names Colombia as USTDA's Country of the Year. | Full Story

East Asia and Eurasia

USTDA Promotes Energy Efficiency and Water Quality at Strategic Economic Dialogue Meetings in China USTDA PROMOTES ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND WATER QUALITY AT STRATEGIC ECONOMIC DIALOGUE MEETINGS IN CHINA
BEIJING, CHINA (December 4, 2008) – Supporting bilateral objectives under the Ten-Year Energy and Environment Cooperation Framework are the goals of two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed by USTDA Director Larry W. Walther at the fifth U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) meetings taking place this week in Beijing.
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USTDA Reaffirms Its Commitment to Georgia's Development USTDA REAFFIRMS ITS COMMITMENT TO GEORGIA'S DEVELOPMENT
TBILISI, GEORGIA (August 27, 2008) – Reflecting the strength of the agency's partnership with Georgian project sponsors in promoting the country's development, USTDA Director Larry W. Walther today awarded a grant to the Georgian International Energy Corporation (GIEC), a private natural gas and electric power company.
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USTDA Reaffirms Commitment to Bilateral Cooperation in the Development of China's Aviation Sector USTDA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO BILATERAL COOPERATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA'S AVIATION SECTOR
BEIJING, CHINA (June 25, 2008) – Today, USTDA continued its support of the ongoing U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) by committing an additional $1 million to support the fourth phase of the successful partnership between USTDA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. industry and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
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Latin America and the Caribbean

Brazil Receives USTDA Country of the Year Award BRAZIL RECEIVES USTDA COUNTRY OF THE YEAR AWARD
BRASLIA, BRAZIL - (December 10, 2008) – Reflecting the success of the agency's program in advancing mutual economic benefits and U.S. policy priorities, USTDA Director Larry W. Walther presented an award today naming Brazil as the agency's 2008 Country of the Year.
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USTDA Sponsors DR-CAFTA Telecommunications Regulatory Workshop USTDA SPONSORS DR-CAFTA TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY WORKSHOP
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA (November 20, 2008) – Promoting enhanced cooperation and building trade capacity under the United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) is the goal of a USTDA-sponsored workshop that opened today at the Marriott Hotel in Guatemala City.
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USTDA Awards Grants Totaling $1.1 Million to Complement MCC Infrastructure Investments in El Salvador USTDA AWARDS GRANTS TOTALING $1.1 MILLION TO COMPLEMENT MCC INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS IN EL SALVADOR
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 30, 2008) – Establishing the necessary infrastructure and capacity for private sector trade and investment to serve as a catalyst for growth in El Salvador's Northern Zone is the goal of two USTDA grants awarded today.
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Colombian President Uribe Accepts USTDA Country of the Year Award COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT URIBE ACCEPTS USTDA COUNTRY OF THE YEAR AWARD
BOGOT, COLOMBIA (March 5, 2008) – Reflecting the success of the agency's program in advancing mutual economic benefits and U.S. policy priorities, USTDA Acting Director Leocadia I. Zak today presented the agency's 2007 Country of the Year award to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez.
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Acting Director Zak and Mexican Secretary Tellez Open USTDA Conference on Building Partnerships in Infrastructure ACTING DIRECTOR ZAK AND MEXICAN SECRETARY TLLEZ OPEN USTDA CONFERENCE ON BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS IN INFRASTRUCTURE
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (Februrary 27, 2008) – Promoting the development of transportation, energy and environmental projects under Mexico's National Infrastructure Program is the focus of a USTDA-sponsored conference that opened today at the Marquis Reforma Hotel in Mexico City.
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Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Europe

USTDA Director Walther to Award Grants to Promote Energy Security in Lithuania and Romania USTDA DIRECTOR WALTHER TO AWARD GRANTS TO PROMOTE ENERGY SECURITY IN LITHUANIA AND ROMANIA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 11, 2008) – USTDA Director Larry W. Walther announced plans to travel to Lithuania and Romania from September 14-16, 2008 to award two grants that will strengthen Europe's energy security by furthering the development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in each country.
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USTDA Supports Wireless Connectivity in the West Bank USTDA SUPPORTS WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY IN THE WEST BANK
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (May 22, 2008) – Promoting the expansion of wireless Internet connectivity in the West Bank is the goal underlying a $480,625 grant USTDA Director Larry W. Walther signed today at the Palestinian Investment Conference in Bethlehem. USTDA awarded this grant to BCI Communications & Advanced Technologies Ltd.
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South and Southeast Asia


USTDA Grants Support Clean Water Initiatives in the Philippines USTDA GRANTS SUPPORT CLEAN WATER INITIATIVES IN THE PHILIPPINES
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (July 25, 2008) – Providing technological solutions to address water treatment and water loss reduction challenges in the Philippines is the subject of two USTDA grants awarded today in a ceremony at the American Embassy in Manila.
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USTDA Furthers Its Commitment to the Development of Vietnam's Aviation Sector USTDA FURTHERS ITS COMMITMENT TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF VIETNAM'S AVIATION SECTOR
HANOI, VIETNAM (July 22, 2008) – Enhancing aviation safety and assisting Vietnam in meeting international aviation regulations is the subject of a USTDA grant awarded today to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV).
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USTDA Reaffirms Commitment to Vietnam's Economic Development During Official Visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Dung USTDA REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO VIETNAM'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DURING OFFICIAL VISIT OF VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER DUNG
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2008) – Today, two USTDA projects were featured at a business and trade promotion event held at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the official visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
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USTDA Reopens its Program in Thailand USTDA REOPENS ITS PROGRAM IN THAILAND
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 7, 2008) – USTDA Acting Director Leocadia I. Zak today announced the reopening of the agency's program in Thailand. The announcement follows the certification by the U.S. Department of State to Congress yesterday of Thailand's inauguration of a democratically elected government.
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghanaian Vice President Mahama Opens USTDA Conference on Information and Communications Infrastructure in West Africa GHANAIAN VICE PRESIDENT MAHAMA OPENS USTDA CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE IN WEST AFRICA
ACCRA, GHANA (July 09, 2008) – In support of USTDA's long-term commitment to infrastructure development in Africa, Vice President Mahama, Deputy Director Zak and Ambassador David Gross opened a conference on expanding information and communications technology infrastructure in West Africa.
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USTDA Director Walther Unveils African Trade Lanes Partnership Initiative USTDA DIRECTOR WALTHER UNVEILS AFRICAN TRADE LANES PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE
CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (April 14, 2008) – Today, USTDA Director Larry W. Walther officially launched the African Trade Lanes Partnership in opening remarks at the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Transportation and Trade Forum.
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