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Given its critical role in advancing economic development and supporting long-term, sustainable growth, the aviation sector has been a key component of USTDA's portfolio of development projects across the globe. Since its inception, the Agency has facilitated the integration of numerous emerging markets into the global air transport system, boosting their productivity and growth by providing better access to markets and resources, enhancing links within and between businesses, and connecting more people to more places.

Not only is aviation a major industry in its own right, employing large numbers of highly skilled U.S. workers, it is also a major contributor to the rapidly growing global economy. USTDA's efforts to advance aviation development is built upon the strategic alliances the Agency has formed with its partners across private industry, foreign project sponsors, and the U.S. government. 

Public-Private Partnerships

The Agency has robust cooperation programs in China, India and Brazil, markets that receive considerable attention from the U.S. business community because of the tremendous export opportunities they offer.  These successful public-private partnerships (e.g., Aviation Cooperation Programs, Energy Cooperation Programs, Healthcare Cooperation Program, and Agriculture and Food Partnership) bring together government and industry leaders from the U.S. and each partner country to share technical, policy and commercial knowledge relevant to sectors like aviation and energy.  Perhaps most importantly, they help U.S. companies develop person-to-person connections that will lay the foundation for future engagement with rising leaders in the world’s fastest-growing markets.  By providing a platform for sharing values, addressing challenges and achieving goals, these partnerships help U.S. firms expand their business overseas and help emerging markets strengthen their infrastructure for trade. 

In particular, USTDA’s Aviation Cooperation Programs in China and India, respectively, and its Aviation Partnership in Brazil provide a platform for aviation officials to address safety and security priorities.  These public-private partnerships also support the expansion of airport infrastructure and the emergence of business aviation in these markets.  U.S. businesses have generated billions of dollars in exports as a result of the Agency’s investments, demonstrating the value of advanced U.S. technologies and services, including security equipment as well as communications and air traffic management systems.

USTDA has built off this model to develop an Aviation Initiative for South Africa, which supports the growth of safe, reliable aviation services in South Africa through the development of critical human capacity resources and closer professional partnerships between the U.S. and South African aviation sectors. This public-private partnership model that USTDA pioneered in the aviation sector enables the Agency and its partners to identify obstacles and work together to implement effective solutions.