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Verinda Fike, front row, second from the right.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony for emerging leaders from China’s aviation sector. The ceremony marked the end of four weeks of training under the Air Traffic Management Executive Training program. The training has become a key feature of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), a public-private partnership among the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and 45 U.S. companies.

Director Zak participating in a site visit at Idea Cellular in February 2016

There are a few times when one can closely relate office work with the happenings in everyday life. The past few months, our team at Idea Cellular has been involved in a project that has given me such an opportunity. The project presents a very interesting and novel solution to answer pressing questions around the ever increasing pollution in Indian cities that is progressively resulting in health hazards. 

Check out MIGA’s video honoring Gender CEO Award Winner, Nourah Mehyar.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Nourah Mehyar, the CEO of Nafith Logistics in Jordan, to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.  Ms. Mehyar was in Washington, D.C. to accept the inaugural Gender CEO Award from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

Mehnaz Ansari, Country Representative, India Office

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) strengthened its partnership with India this year by committing to support Prime Minister Modi’s initiative to develop smart cities. In January 2015, India welcomed President Obama to celebrate its ‘Republic Day’ and it was on this visit that USTDA Director Zak signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to support smart city development in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Ajmer and Allahabad. The MOU-signings strengthened collaboration between the U.S.

NEW DELHI, INDIA – Through U.S. Trade and Development Agency support, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, a utility serving 4.5 million people in northern India, is modernizing the region's electric grid and bringing more reliable energy to its citizens. Through USTDA projects, nearly 15 U.S. companies have provided software, hardware and services to help Tata Power improve electricity distribution in Delhi.

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