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USTDA works with qualified project sponsors to facilitate the implementation of critical infrastructure and development initiatives. The Agency's South and Southeast Asia (SSEA) regional strategy emphasizes support for infrastructure projects in the priority countries of India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma and the Philippines, and is increasingly targeting opportunities across the broader ASEAN and South Asian markets with limited focus on Pakistan and Thailand . USTDA's activities in SSEA concentrate on strategic sectors that offer the greatest opportunity for developmental and commercial impacts, namely clean energy, energy security, transportation and telecommunications. The program also showcases business opportunities for U.S. exporters, as well as the strategic priorities across this diverse region.

USTDA in India

Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has supported over 100 priority development projects in India with public and private sector sponsors. To date, USTDA's programs have helped to generate over $2 billion in U.S. exports. USTDA is instrumental in engaging U.S. companies in India's infrastructure development and modernization by facilitating the sharing of U.S. best practices and technologies in key sectors. Priorities for USTDA's program in India include energy and climate change, transportation (especially aviation), and information and communication technology.

USTDA Success in India - To support the certification of GNSS technologies in the Indian national airspace, USTDA sponsored a visit to the U.S. for technical officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). As a direct result, U.S. companies have realized more than $39 million in exports of U.S. manufactured equipment and services to implement a state-of-the-art satellite-based Geo-Augmented Navigation Technology System (GAGAN) in India.

USTDA and Connectivity in Southeast Asia

USTDA launched the U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative in conjunction with the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders Meeting held in Indonesia in November 2011. Leveraging U.S. private sector resources and expertise, USTDA works with U.S. companies and its Southeast Asian partners to support activities such as reverse trade missions, feasibility studies, technical assistance and workshops that foster effective new partnerships between public and private sector entities to increase connectivity and investment in the energy, transportation, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. The Connectivity Initiative is designed to support ASEAN's goal of fostering greater connectivity to achieve an economically integrated ASEAN Community by 2015.

Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program

In February 2014, USTDA joined the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Department of State to officially launch the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program (ACEP). The Program is an outgrowth of the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership, which President Obama announced at the East Asia Summit in November 2012 to support greater U.S. business engagement in the region's clean energy development.

ACEP will co-locate OPIC personnel with USTDA's regional office at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to facilitate investment in – and U.S. exports for – energy projects in the region. Limited access to reliable energy and power resources represents one of the largest obstacles to social and economic growth in Southeast Asia. Due to growing demand, the region will require nearly $9 trillion in energy investments by 2035. ACEP's interagency partners, as well as the Export-Import Bank of the United States, have made available $6 billion in financing to support regional energy investments and U.S. job creation.


U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program - The U.S.-India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP) is a unique bilateral public-private partnership launched in 2007 that targets mutual interests concerning the modernization requirements of India's rapid aviation sector growth. USTDA, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. aviation companies, and the Government of India's Civil Aviation Ministries jointly support ACP technical cooperation projects. Through the ACP, USTDA has supported four bilateral Aviation Summits (in 2007, 2009,2011 and 2013) and various technical assistance projects in aviation safety, air traffic management, aviation security, operational and managerial aviation sector training, and other areas.

Aviation Security Equipment Testing and Evaluation Program - USTDA is funding its first ever aviation security focused Technical Assistance (TA) grant under the aegis of the U.S. – India Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), which will support establishment of an Aviation Security Equipment Testing and Evaluation Program (ASETEP). The TA will assist the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and India’s Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to develop the technical capacity to test, certify and procure state-of-the-art equipment to enhance India’s aviation security environment. The TA that is designed to help AAI and BCAS to develop clear standards, specifications and testing procedures that align with international best practices for three types of aviation security equipment.

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) - USTDA is supporting a Technical Assistance (TA) grant to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to assist India in the adoption of critical technology to increase aviation airspace capacity and efficiency. The objective of this project is to demonstrate how PBN procedures can be developed, certified and implemented within India's aviation environment. The procedure design process will be undertaken with AAI, in coordination with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and piloted by an airline operator at the airports in Mangalore, Guwahati and Bangalore, India. Vietnam Airport and Aviation Infrastructure Development - USTDA is supporting a feasibility study with Airports Corporation Vietnam (ACV) for the development of the Chu Lai International Airport, which would augment the region's growing transportation infrastructure. In addition, USTDA hosted senior officials from Vietnam on the Airports Development and Operations Reverse Trade Mission in July 2014 to advance opportunities for U.S. companies seeking to participate in Vietnam’s aviation sector. USTDA previously funded a feasibility study for the expansion of the Da Nang International Airport, which opened in December 2011. The project, which has increased the airport’s annual capacity from 1.4 million to nearly 5 million passengers, also generated over $4 million in U.S. exports.

APEC Business Aviation Access Workshop - USTDA sponsored the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Aviation Access workshop and Reverse Trade Mission to foster dialogue about creating more favorable regulatory and development environments for business expansion and general aviation operations in key Asia-Pacific markets. The workshop and RTM, which took place in October 2012, focused on linking APEC aviation regulators with U.S. regulators, operators and manufacturers of general aviation technologies and equipment.

Clean Energy

U.S.-India Energy Cooperation Program - The U.S.-India Energy Cooperation Program (ECP) aims to leverage private sector business resources in the U.S. and India to promote commercial projects that support the sustainable development of India's energy sector. The ECP was launched in 2010 as a public-private partnership of member companies and the governments of the U.S. and India. Under the ECP, exchanges in solar power, smart grid and unconventional gas development and best practices have already taken place.

India Rural Micro-Grid Solar Power - USTDA is partially funding a Feasibility Study grant to Azure Power for the development of a Rural Micro-Grid Solar Power project that will be deployed in remote non-electrified villages in India. The study will assess and provide planning assistance for two 500 kilowatt photovoltaic solar projects in the states of Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.

U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative - In 2010, USTDA launched the U.S.-Indonesia Geothermal Development Initiative to help develop Indonesia’s estimated 24,000 megawatts (MW) of geothermal reserves. USTDA funded feasibility studies for the private sector 370 MW Jailolo power project on the island of Halmahera and the 300 MW Tangkuban Parahu project in West Java with PT Indonesia Power. Working with Indonesia’s planning agency BAPPENAS, the Ministry of Mines and Energy Resources, and Indonesian and U.S. industry, USTDA delivered a geothermal power development training program and follow-up reverse trade mission to the United States for senior Indonesian energy officials. These efforts have led to the engagement of specialized U.S. companies in geothermal field exploration and development.

Most recently, under the U.S. Asia-Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership, USTDA funded a feasibility effort for the private sector Cibuni geothermal project in West Java. This project builds upon previous efforts to assist Indonesia in expanding its geothermal power development as the country aims to increase its renewable energy production to 25% of installed capacity by 2025.

Other Areas

U.S.- ASEAN Emergency Preparedness Workshop - U.S. - ASEAN Emergency Preparedness Workshop - In cooperation with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), USTDA supported Southeast Asia's regional efforts to recover from floods and to effectively address future natural hazards by sponsoring a workshop for ASEAN disaster management authorities. The workshop aimed to identify appropriate technical and operational solutions, and to enhance capabilities for adequate preparation and effective response to disaster-related emergencies. The workshop, which was the inaugural activity of the U.S.-ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative, provided an opportunity to demonstrate U.S. technologies and the role that the U.S. private sector can play in supporting disaster management, mitigation and recovery efforts throughout the ASEAN region.

Philippines Meteorological and Hydrological Telecommunications Network Upgrade Project - The Philippines are adversely impacted by an average of 19 severe storms annually. Heavy rainfall results in devastating floods and landslides that cause the loss of hundreds of lives every year.  To assist the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) efforts to respond more quickly to weather emergencies, USTDA provided grant funding to upgrade PAGASA’s meteorological and hydrological telecommunications systems.  The project helped PAGASA update its telecommunications network and enhance its monitoring and forecasting capabilities.