USTDA Launches Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative

Arlington, Virginia – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency launched the Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative to help emerging markets plan, finance, procure and sustain infrastructure to withstand a full range of external risks and challenges. The initiative will draw directly from USTDA’s decades-long experience working with U.S. industry to deliver quality infrastructure around the world that helps emerging economies better manage financial downturns and lessen adverse impacts on economic growth.

“The human and economic toll of the Coronavirus is a stark reminder of the adversities we will always face in our work to create a better world,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency. “In that spirit, USTDA is more committed than ever to funding new resilient infrastructure that will help our overseas partners sustain their emerging economies and provide critical public services when they are needed most.”

USTDA’s Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative is specially designed to leverage U.S. infrastructure solutions in the agribusiness, healthcare, energy, ICT and transportation sectors. Specifically, it will allow emerging markets to maintain continuity of operations during disruptions caused by global health pandemics, natural disasters, security incidents and other events that intensely impact economic activity and civic life. The Initiative will also plan and support a range of quality projects that prioritize resiliency into their design and implementation:

  • Backup telecommunications and information management infrastructure
  • Supply chains ensuring distribution of food and medical supplies
  • Technology to provide remote healthcare services during pandemics
  • Comprehensive data and predictive analytics to enhance emergency response
  • Power delivery through redundant grid infrastructure, distributed generation and microgrids for critical infrastructure, including ports and airports
  • Intelligent traffic management systems allowing real-time response
  • Water management and distribution to mitigate drought

USTDA also announced a Call for Initial Proposals to obtain information from its domestic and overseas stakeholders on the most innovative ideas and creative projects to support their priorities. To participate in USTDA’s Call for Initial Proposals, please click here.

USTDA invites project sponsors in emerging markets or U.S. companies working with project sponsors in emerging markets to submit initial proposals to USTDA no later than October 9, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development 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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