South and Southeast Asia Region
South and Southeast Asia

USTDA works with qualified project sponsors to facilitate the implementation of critical infrastructure and development initiatives. The agency's SSEA regional strategy emphasizes support for infrastructure projects in the priority countries of India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and is increasingly targeting opportunities across the broader ASEAN and South Asian markets with limited focus on Pakistan, Thailand and Burma. USTDA's activities in SSEA concentrate on strategic sectors that offer the greatest opportunity for developmental and commercial impacts, namely clean energy, transportation and telecommunications. The program also showcases business opportunities for U.S. exporters, as well as the strategic priorities of the Obama administration across this diverse region. The following is an illustrative list of USTDA activities in South and Southeast Asia:

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  • USTDA Advances Aviation and Energy Infrastructure in the Philippines

    Signs Grants for Airport Security and Smart Grid Projects
  • USTDA Establishes Partnership with Vietnam on Value-Based Procurement

    Provides Training to 150 Public Procurement Officials in Three Cities
  • USTDA Highlighted During U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue

    Announces New Programs in Clean Energy and Aviation Security
  • USTDA Accelerates the Use of Distributed Energy Resources in India

    Improves the Reliability and Carbon Footprint of Tata Power's Delhi Distribution Operations

USTDA in India

Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has supported over 100 priority development projects in India with public and private sector sponsors. To date, USTDA's programs have helped to generate over $1.3 billion in U.S. exports. USTDA is instrumental in engaging U.S. companies in India's infrastructure development and modernization by facilitating technology transfer in key sectors. Priorities for USTDA's program in India include energy and climate change, transportation (especially aviation), and information and communication technology.

USTDA Success in India - To support the certification of GNSS technologies in the Indian national airspace, USTDA sponsored a visit to the U.S. for technical officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). As a direct result, U.S. companies have realized more than $39 million in exports of U.S. manufactured equipment and services to implement a state-of-the-art satellite-based Geo-Augmented Navigation Technology System (GAGAN) in India.

USTDA and Connectivity in Southeast Asia

USTDA launched the U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative in conjunction with the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders Meeting held in Indonesia in November 2011. Leveraging U.S. private sector resources and expertise, USTDA works with U.S. companies and its Southeast Asian partners to support activities such as reverse trade missions, feasibility studies, technical assistance and workshops that foster effective new partnerships between public and private sector entities to increase connectivity and investment in the energy, transportation, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. The Connectivity Initiative is designed to support ASEAN's goal of fostering greater connectivity to achieve an economically integrated ASEAN Community by 2015.


U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program - The U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) is a unique bilateral public-private partnership launched in 2007 that targets mutual interests concerning the modernization requirements of India's rapid aviation sector growth. USTDA, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. aviation companies, and the Government of India's Civil Aviation Ministries jointly support ACP technical cooperation projects. Through the ACP, USTDA has supported three bilateral Aviation Summits (in 2007, 2009 and 2011) and various technical assistance projects in air traffic management, helicopter operations and other areas.

India Transportation Infrastructure Exchange - USTDA supported a Transportation Infrastructure Exchange program to introduce Indian public officials and private sector project sponsors to U.S. infrastructure technologies and services through a series of two reverse trade missions (RTMs) to the U.S. focused on rail and ports. These missions aim to increase awareness of U.S. technologies, services, product standards as well as best regulatory processes and operating practices that can assist India in developing its rail and ports infrastructure.

India Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Pilot Project - In order to improve air navigation at Chennai International Airport, USTDA is partially funding a technical assistance for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to support the certification and pilot of a Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS). The system will enable AAI to handle increasing capacity demands in India's air traffic space with proper safety and air traffic management (ATM) techniques. The assistance will also allow AAI officials to gain operational experience with GBAS technology, as it is a critical component of India's ATM modernization efforts.

Indonesia Rail Signaling and Telecommunications Systems - USTDA supported a technical and planning assistance initiative for PT Kereta Api Indonesia to evaluate the modernization of rail signaling as well as other information and communication technologies (ICT) the country's rail sector. This initiative will involve the creation of a strategic plan for rail signaling investments and provide recommendations for the integration of advanced technologies, such as on-board locomotive systems, positive train control solutions and block signaling systems.

APEC Business Aviation Access Workshop - USTDA sponsored the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Aviation Access workshop and Reverse Trade Mission to foster dialogue about creating more favorable regulatory and development environments for business expansion and general aviation operations in key Asia-Pacific markets. The workshop and RTM, which took place in October 2012, focused on linking APEC aviation regulators with U.S. regulators, operators and manufacturers of general aviation technologies and equipment.


U.S.-India Energy Cooperation Program - The U.S.-India Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) aims to leverage private sector business resources in the U.S. and India to promote commercial projects that support the sustainable development of India's energy sector. The ECP was launched in 2010 as a public-private partnership of member companies and the governments of the U.S. and India. Under the ECP, exchanges in solar power, smart grid and unconventional gas development and best practices have already taken place.

India Rural Micro-Grid Solar Power - USTDA is partially funding a Feasibility Study grant to Azure Power for the development of a Rural Micro-Grid Solar Power project that will be deployed in remote non-electrified villages in India. The study will assess and provide planning assistance for two 500 kilowatt photovoltaic solar projects in the states of Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.

Vietnam Power Transmission Best Practices and Technologies - USTDA sponsored a U.S. visit for a delegation of senior officials from Vietnam's National Power Transmission (NPT) Corporation. Having identified $5 billion worth of upgrades and investments needed for the NPT's network, the delegates had the opportunity to visit U.S. power transmission companies and manufacturers of transmission equipment. The delegation also met with consulting companies that could assist with power service capabilities and power plant construction management. Shortly after the visit, NPT and GE signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on a pilot to install GE's relay system on NPT's network. To date, NPT has purchased $11 million worth of GE equipment, and NPT and GE are currently working with the U.S. Export-Import Bank on a purchase of additional equipment valued at $36 million.

Philippines Waste-to-Energy Facilities - USTDA is partially funding a feasibility study for the construction of two 24MW waste-to-energy facilities for Bacavalley Energy, Inc. (BEI) in the Philippines. These facilities are projected to provide power to 64,000 homes, which will address the nation's energy shortfall and assist the Philippines in meeting its renewable energy goals. The study will evaluate fuel supplies and markets, renewable energy technologies, plant siting specifications, power sales and regulatory requirements, as well as the environmental impacts of the proposed waste-to energy facilities.

Other Areas

U.S.- ASEAN Emergency Preparedness Workshop - In cooperation with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), USTDA supported Southeast Asia's regional efforts to recover from floods and to effectively address future natural hazards by sponsoring a workshop for ASEAN disaster management authorities. The workshop aimed to identify appropriate technical and operational solutions, and to enhance capabilities for adequate preparation and effective response to disaster-related emergencies. The workshop, which was the inaugural activity of the U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative, provided an opportunity to demonstrate U.S. technologies and the role that the U.S. private sector can play in supporting disaster management, mitigation and recovery efforts throughout the ASEAN region.

Contract Opportunities


Philippines: Security Vulnerability Assessments for Airports
End Date: 1.7.15

Contract Awards

India: Clean Energy for Telecom Towers Pilot (FS)
USTDA No.: 2014-31002A
Contact: Mr. Evan Goldstein, Senior Contracts Manager
ICF Incorporated, LLC
(703) 934-3901
Contract Approval Date: 6/3/2014
Sector: Energy and Power
Press Release: USTDA Accelerates Clean Energy for Telecom Towers in India

India: Aviation Safety (TA)
USTDA No.: 2014-31016A
Contact: Mr. Glenn P. Wicks, Managing Director
The Wicks Group, LLC
(202) 457-7790
Contract Approval Date: 6/3/2014
Sector: Transportation
Press Release: U.S.-India Aviation Summit Opens in Washington, DC

South and Southeast Asia Regional Staff

Henry Steingass, Regional DirectorHenry Steingass
Regional Director




Jamie Merriman, Country Manager
Katherine Michaud, Country Manager

Bangkok, Thailand Staff

Mark Dunn
Regional Manager for Asia

Rachaneekorn Sriswasdi
Deputy Regional Manager

Hanoi, Vietnam Staff

Tuyet Trees
Projects Coordinator

New Delhi, India Staff

Mehnaz Ansari
Country Representative