Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency launched a new program with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to help strengthen the delivery of reliable electricity in Nigeria through specialized training for public procurement officials. The training, which is funded under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative (GPI), will focus on using best value and life-cycle cost analysis in TCN’s procurement decisions.
“This training responds to TCN’s priority of investing in longer-lasting, more efficient transmission infrastructure that can deliver more reliable power across Nigeria,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “This approach to quality infrastructure procurement will strengthen the country’s energy sector and promote its economic growth.”
Launched in 2013, USTDA’s GPI trains public officials in emerging economies on how to establish procurement practices and policies that integrate life-cycle cost analysis and best value determination in a fair, transparent manner. GPI helps partner countries acquire high-quality, long-lasting technologies, while building smart, sustainable infrastructure with overall savings to their government. These procurement methods also open markets to greater international competition. GPI leverages the expertise of its institutional partners and collaborators, which include universities, multilateral development banks and government entities.
The training series supports Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in Sub-Saharan Africa: access to electrical power. It also advances U.S. foreign policy priorities including the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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