I have been proud to serve as Country Representative for Brazil at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency for more than 5 years now, based at the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo. As USTDA advances its mission overseas, especially across the vast Brazilian territory, I have the opportunity to learn more of the country where I was born and call home.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Nourah Mehyar, the CEO of Nafith Logistics in Jordan, to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Ms. Mehyar was in Washington, D.C. to accept the inaugural Gender CEO Award from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) strengthened its partnership with India this year by committing to support Prime Minister Modi’s initiative to develop smart cities. In January 2015, India welcomed President Obama to celebrate its ‘Republic Day’ and it was on this visit that USTDA Director Zak signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to support smart city development in Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Ajmer and Allahabad. The MOU-signings strengthened collaboration between the U.S.