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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.

Representatives from Quaint Energy Solutions and USTDA, including Deputy Director Ebong, at the grant signing ceremony on July 21.

When I was growing up in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, my father used to say that his future was in his past. In other words, you can never know how what happens today might impact tomorrow.

USTDA Country Manager for Southern Africa, Michael DeRenzo, stands outside of Lentegeur Library in the township of Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa is a jewel at the bottom of the African continent – a city with tremendous natural beauty, a vibrant economy and a rich history. But that history also bears the scars of slavery, apartheid and other forms of exploitation whose remnants are still manifest today through crime, unemployment and poverty.

Diana Harbison serves as USTDA Director for Program Evaluations.

It was late summer in Vietnam, and a last-minute schedule change meant I was in a hurry to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City—leaving me no choice but to purchase a ticket at the airport.  Hustling into the crowded Hanoi airport, I found the airline desk, identified a flight and presented my passport to the friendly airline attendant—who promptly wait-listed me by writing my name in a simple, lined composition notebook.

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