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2015 Annual Report Features 6 Success Stories

USTDA’s 2015 Annual Report

USTDA’s 2015 Annual Report includes success stories that demonstrate how the Agency’s programs have advanced economic growth in emerging markets by bringing private sector solutions to development challenges.


  • The delegates meet with Terex and test out an elevated aerial boom. (Photo courtesy of Terex Utilities)

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  • Investing in Transport

    This kind of growth in aviation supports sustainable development and drives broader economic growth. Increases in air traffic can create jobs, boost tourism and unlock markets. For these reasons, officials in Colombia have been focused on expanding BOG and other airports for the last several years.

  • Investing in Telecom

    In an effort to support its Turkish partners, USTDA brought a delegation of emergency response officials to the United States to visit three emergency operations centers, where they saw innovative technologies in operation. The delegates were able to exchange information with U.S. experts and to brainstorm about the next generations of technology.

  • Vietnam Goes Green

    Today, Bac Lieu residents have access to reliable electricity most days a week. As a result of investments by the Cong Ly Construction-Trade-Tourism Company, the region is now powered by Vietnam’s first near-offshore wind farm. Cong Ly Company is not stopping at just 16 MW of new clean energy — they plan to expand the wind farm to nearly 400 MW.

  • Power Africa - Rwanda

    In the rural Musanze District, it is not only villagers who participate in these volunteer activities. Representatives from DC HydroPower, a Rwandan energy company and a USTDA partner, also join the group for Umuganda. They are committed, on every day of the month, to ensuring that the work they do has a positive impact on the community.

  • Increasing Aviation Investments in Jamaica

    Recognizing Jamaica’s desire to improve air transportation efficiency, minimize government expenditures and increase investment into the country, USTDA provided support, in coordination with the International Finance Corporation, to assist the Ministry of Finance and Public Service to privatize Air Jamaica.

  • Increasing Power Reliability in South Africa

    For several years, USTDA has partnered with South Africa's eThekwini Electricity, a leading domestic power distribution company, to promote and implement energy efficiency strategies for the modernization and expansion of its grid. USTDA-funded technical assistance included a plan for an integrated information technology (IT) system to allow the company to tie customer data with supply information in real time.

  • Brighter Sales in South Africa

    In 2010, USTDA worked with representatives of the public and private sectors in South Africa to reduce energy consumption by investing in energy efficient technologies. This program included a training session in South Africa and a reverse trade mission that introduced delegates to energy efficient technologies, equipment, and best practices.

  • Supporting U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

    In 2002, Rudi Roeslein, Chief Executive Officer of Roeslein & Associates, approached USTDA to fund a feasibility study on the construction of a two-piece can manufacturing facility in Nigeria. At the time Roeslein & Associates was looking to expand into emerging economies, but the company was too small to fund a study on market potential in a country like Nigeria.

  • USTDA Brings Broadband Access to Africa

    As a direct result of USTDA's investment in the visit of a ministerial-level delegation to the United States and a regional ICT conference, over $400 million in U.S. equipment and services exports were utilized by African project managers to bring broadband communications to Africa.

  • PetroVietnam Awards Contract to U.S. Firm to Build New Refinery Complex

    To assist PetroVietnam build its Nghi Son Refinery, USTDA organized a reverse trade mission to the United States for senior procurement officials, introducing them to leading petrochemical companies who could play a leading role in its implementation. Based on business connections made during the visit, UOP, a U.S.

  • Sabre, Inc. of Southland, Texas, has won a contract valued at nearly $54 million to supply its Internet booking engine, and e-commerce and passenger service systems to Vietnam Airlines. This success was made possible by a USTDA-funded technical assistance program conducted by Unisys Corporation, based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

  • Saving Lives: Integrating Disaster Warning Systems in Thailand

    Prone to natural disasters, Thailand has taken steps to improve warning systems to prevent further loss of life since the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. USTDA is proud to have played a role in Thailand's efforts that led to the purchase of more than 270 U.S.-manufactured warning towers and other weather forecasting and disaster response equipment valued at more than $15 million.

  • Clean Energy, Clear Benefits in Thailand

    In recent years, USTDA has helped Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company, PTT, identify the optimum design and specifications for the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal at Map Ta Phut. This terminal is needed to meet Thailand's growing requirements for clean gas fuels and to avoid additional coal-based power generation.

  • Biomicrobics - Fast Results in the Philippines

    In June 2010, during an environmental workshop in the Philippines, USTDA introduced representatives from the Manila Water Company (MWC) to Bio-Microbics, a small business headquartered in Shawnee, Kansas. As a direct result of this workshop and an ongoing USTDA-funded feasibility study on wastewater treatment facilities in the Philippines, Bio-Microbics secured new sales contracts with MWC.

  • Based on the results of a USTDA-funded investment analysis, the largest privately owned geothermal facility in Turkey became operational in May 2009. The 47.5 megawatt plant was built in the Aydin-Germencik geothermal field by the Gurmat Energy Investment and Trade Company, a private Turkish company.

  • Treating Solid Waste in Morocco

    City officials in Fes, Morocco were concerned in the late 1990s that solid waste, if not managed properly, would contribute to public health problems and poor living conditions. Responding to a request by the Communauté Urbaine de la Wilaya de Fes (CUWF), the region's inter-city government authority, USTDA recognized a long-term opportunity and funded a feasibility study to evaluate possible solutions to Fes' waste management needs.

  • Egyptian Ammonia Plant Opens Following USTDA-Funded Study

    An ammonia production plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt, was constructed using more than $275 million in U.S. exports of goods and services. A USTDA-funded early investment analysis for the project sponsor, Egypt Basic Industries Corporation (EBIC), laid the ground work for EBIC to move forward with this project, which is providing significant economic benefits to the Egyptian economy.

  • Reverse Trade Mission Connects U.S. Companies with Sales Opportunities in Brazil's Rail Sector

    USTDA played a pivotal role in the sale of 55 General Electric locomotives, which were manufactured in Grove City and Erie, PA, to MRS Logística, a Brazilian rail company. By sponsoring a reverse trade mission for 10 delegates from the Brazilian rail sector to the United States, USTDA provided a forum for procurement decision makers to examine U.S. capabilities in the area of railroad rehabilitation and modernization.

  • Clean Energy for the Americas Program Helps Open Brazil's Energy Market for U.S. Companies

    As part of USTDA's focus on expanding clean energy power generation in emerging markets, the Agency launched the Clean Energy of the Americas Program in 2009 to introduce Latin American project sponsors to U.S. companies in the wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and waste-to-energy industries.