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Transportation is a critical sector, as it links people and, even more importantly, drives trade, investment and economic growth. USTDA and our partners understand that investment in transportation infrastructure development means broader growth across the global economy. USTDA activities in the transportation sector support the development of higher capacity aviation, rail, port and highway systems, improved safety management, and the adoption of international safety and security standards. In carrying out its mission, USTDA funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.

Below is an illustrative list of USTDA-supported activities in this sector:

Africa Trade Lanes Partnership

To further the goals of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), USTDA initiated a multimodal African Trade Lanes Partnership to advance the development of sub-Saharan Africa's most vital trade lanes and transportation networks. This umbrella initiative promotes regional integration and connectivity in all modes of transportation. USTDA's initiative also aims to increase transportation sector trade and investment in the region. As such, the Partnership is intended to leverage bilateral, multilateral and commercial sources of project financing.

Colombia Ports of Cartagena and Contecar Central Security & Customs

USTDA provided a grant to Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena for a feasibility study that assisted in integrating the customs and security facilities of the Cartagena and Contecar ports. The grant promoted security enhancements at the Port of Cartagena, which ships over one-quarter of its total container volume to the United States. The Port of Cartagena received Container Security Initiative designation in 2007 due, in part, to USTDA-funded technical assistance on the chain-of-custody security at the port.

Egyptian Rail Safety

The creation of a national traffic management master plan was the result of USTDA-funded technical assistance to the Egyptian Ministry of Transportation. The technical assistance also supported the development of an independent railway safety oversight and enforcement authority to monitor compliance with safe operating practices.