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The Government of Turkey provides universal healthcare coverage but faces challenges maintaining quality care as its population grows and ages. With public hospitals catering to nearly 90 percent of Turkey’s citizens, the country’s Ministry of Health plays a critical role in setting the standard for the delivery of care to more than 70 million people. In fact, the Ministry is implementing a $15 billion investment plan for 31 new state-of-the-art healthcare campuses housing several general hospitals and specialized cancer treatment centers. Given the cutting-edge medical technologies and services available from the United States, USTDA’s program was a natural fit for supporting the Ministry’s objectives.
Working with the Ministry, USTDA responded by offering a solution that was custom-tailored to Turkey’s needs. The Agency funded a reverse trade mission to connect public and private hospital representatives from Turkey with U.S. healthcare infrastructure companies all across the United States. In 2020, the delegation met with U.S. suppliers, industry associations and oncologists, and toured cancer treatment centers in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and Silicon Valley.
The visit helped inform the delegation’s subsequent technology selections. Within just a few months, Turkey procured various medical equipment including anesthesia machines, monitors, x-ray systems and surgical robots from four U.S. companies. As Turkey continues the implementation of its healthcare campus investment plan, procurement of additional American technology is expected to continue.
“The quick results of this visit demonstrate Turkey’s commitment to modernizing its healthcare delivery, including better-quality specialized care for its citizens,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA ‘s Acting Director. “This also represents USTDA’s commitment to providing our overseas partners the very best solutions by facilitating stronger long-term partnerships between them and American companies.”
October 9, 2021
Following a decade of bringing new power plants online to meet its growing demands for electricity, the nation of Turkey now has the fourth-largest geothermal power capacity in the world. Throughout these significant infrastructure developments, USTDA has served as a trusted partner with a clear record of accomplishment delivering sought-after American geothermal solutions.
USTDA’s latest success is a partnership with the Turkish independent power producer Zorlu Enerji. This cooperation led directly to the development of the Alaşehir Geothermal Power Plant in the city of Manisa, which is located in Turkey’s western Aegean region. Utilizing USTDA funding for a new feasibility study, Zorlu obtained the technical, economic and financial evaluations necessary to secure project financing. In 2016, it was connected to the national grid and now generates 45 megawatts of clean power for nearly 170,000 homes.
Built with technology from 12 U.S. companies representing seven states, the Alaşehir Geothermal Power Plant replicates a strategy USTDA adopted in Turkey’s geothermal sector when the Agency financed a study that led to the completion of the Germencik power plant in 2009. At that time, Germencik was Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, with a capacity of 47.4 megawatts using technology sourced from 17 U.S. companies across 10 states.
Ali Kindap, General Manager, Investments, Operations and Maintenance at Zorlu Energy Group, said: “The Alaşehir feasibility study, funded by USTDA, provided an innovative and cost-effective solution. The unique design and efficient technology supported Zorlu’s vast experience to develop the Alaşehir Geothermal Power Plant, which received an ‘Engineering Excellence’ award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Idaho.”
Recognizing the significance of this success, USTDA Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency Todd Abrajano concluded: “Our work in Turkey’s geothermal power sector is having a generational impact. Harnessing innovative U.S. solutions, the Alaşehir and Germencik projects continue to expand renewable energy capacity in Turkey and represent a long-lasting partnership.”
October 1, 2020
Photograph courtesy of Zorlu Energy
Morocco’s agricultural sector accounts for almost 15 percent of its gross domestic product and employs nearly half of the country’s workforce. To increase production and reduce losses due to spoilage, USTDA partnered with Morocco’s agriculture leaders on a series of assistance activities that strengthened the agriculture sector through the deployment of more efficient cold chain systems that has enhanced the value of local agricultural products.
USTDA’s assistance to Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing identified cold storage infrastructure to help reduce date palm production losses, leading to investment in an eight-site network of treatment and refrigeration equipment units. The units have specifically decreased palm date spoilage, created new job opportunities and produced effective staff training in processing and handling procedures.
USTDA’s assistance for Morocco’s National Board of Fisheries also helped improve the country’s cold chain storage system for fish production, facilitating the transportation of fresh products to inland consumers. Following the implementation of USTDA’s assistance, Moroccan stakeholders invested in nine cold warehouses and 17 ice facilities in 18 different villages, thereby improving food quality and reducing incidences of foodborne illnesses.
USTDA Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy describes the Agency’s technical assistance and international impact this way: “Our work in Morocco helped develop the framework for a new and highly efficient cold chain infrastructure. This success demonstrates that we are on the right track as we continue to explore global opportunities for collaboration and showcase the best of U.S. private sector solutions.”
July 14, 2020