Transportation is a critical sector, as it links people and, even more importantly, drives trade, investment and economic growth. USTDA and our partners understand that investment in transportation infrastructure development means broader growth across the global economy. USTDA activities in the transportation sector support the development of higher capacity aviation, rail, port and highway systems, improved safety management, and the adoption of international safety and 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. USTDA support is frequently matched by additional support from ACP's 50+ U.S. private sector members and four public members, including the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Recent export successes include the sale of rescue and emergency management helicopters as part of China's response to recent natural calamities. Since 2004, ACP members have reported over $6 billion in U.S. exports to China.
U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership
In April 2012, the United States and Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership. This Partnership seeks to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas such as airport expansion, airspace management, industry best practices, and aviation safety and security. These programs support shared aviation infrastructure development priorities, while connecting U.S. companies to business opportunities in the sector. Working from a list of 13 mutually agreed upon action items, the Partnership's achievements include USTDA-funded workshops on airport certification, environmental standards, quality of airport service, airport security, safety data, and regulatory practices governing light/sport/experimental aircraft, as well as Department of Commerce supported industry supplier seminars held in Brazil and the United States. Nearly 500 aviation stakeholders from the U.S. and Brazil participated in these events.
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 four bilateral Aviation Summits and reported development and export successes in satellite navigation systems, aircraft fleet modernization, air traffic management, and business aviation improvement.
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 assisted in 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 USTDA-funded 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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