Recognizing that trade is an essential catalyst for development, the establishment of modern, efficient and secure transportation infrastructure is essential for economic growth. Many USTDA activities in the transportation sector support the development of closer commercial relations under U.S. trade agreements and the adoption of international security standards. In carrying out its mission, USTDA funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.
Below is an illustrative list of USTDA-supported activities in this sector:
U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program
The U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) is designed to promote technical, policy and commercial cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese aviation sectors. In six program phases, USTDA has contributed over $8 million, with additional support from ACP's 50+ U.S. private sector members and four public members, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Recent export successes include the sale of two U.S.-made fire trucks by Oshkosh Corporation to Shanghai Hongqiao Airport for $1.5 million. In 2010 alone, ACP members together reported over $720 million in exports to China.
U.S. – India Aviation Cooperation Program
The U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program is another bilateral public-private partnership that targets mutual interests and collaboration on the modernization requirements of India's rapid aviation sector growth. USTDA, the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. aviation companies and the Government of India's aviation sector jointly support the cooperation program. Through it, USTDA has supported two bilateral Aviation Summits and other technical assistance projects that are aimed at helping India achieve and maintain global standards in civil aviation safety.
Africa Trade Lanes Partnership
To further the goals of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), USTDA initiated a multimodal African Trade Lanes Partnership to advance the development of sub-Saharan Africa's most vital trade lanes and transportation networks. This umbrella initiative promotes regional integration and connectivity in all modes of transportation. USTDA's initiative also aims to increase transportation sector trade and investment in the region. As such, the Partnership is intended to leverage bilateral, multilateral and commercial sources of project financing.
Colombia Ports of Cartagena and Contecar Central Security & Customs
USTDA provided a grant to Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena for a feasibility study that assist with guidance on integrating the customs and security facilities of the Cartagena and Contecar ports. The grant promoted security enhancements at the Port of Cartagena, which ships over one-quarter of its total container volume to the United States. The Port of Cartagena received Container Security Initiative designation in 2007 due, in part, to USTDA-funded technical assistance on the chain-of-custody security at the port.
Egyptian Rail Safety
The creation of a national traffic management master plan was the result of USTDAfunded technical assistance to the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation. The technical assistance also supported the development of an independent railway safety oversight and enforcement authority to monitor compliance with safe operating practices.
Air Jamaica Technical Assistance
Recognizing Jamaica's desire to improve air transportation efficiency, minimize government expenditures, and increase investment into the country, USTDA provided two grants for legal and performance improvement consultancies to assist the Ministry of Finance and Public Service in the divestment of Air Jamaica. The combined assistance led to the successful acquisition of Air Jamaica by Trinidad & Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines. Caribbean Airlines is currently in the process of renewing its fleet and has taken steps to lease six Boeing aircraft.
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