The U.S. Trade and Development Agency connects the U.S. private sector to infrastructure projects in emerging markets. We achieve our mission by funding feasibility studies, technical assistance and pilot projects that integrate the innovation and expertise of American companies. We also connect overseas project sponsors with U.S. partners through our reverse trade missions, industry conferences and expert workshops.
Our Results
USTDA strategically facilitates export opportunities for U.S. companies and supports sustainable development in dynamic markets all around the world. In fiscal year 2020 alone, USTDA identified more than $1 billion in U.S. exports to emerging economies as a result of programming that facilitated early-stage infrastructure development. During the most recent 10-year evaluation period, USTDA identified $112 in exports for every $1 invested in its programming, a record return for the Agency. Since 1992, USTDA’s program has contributed to more than $74 billion in U.S. exports.
Our Tools
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Training Grants

U.S. firms may face a competitive disadvantage from foreign competitors offering incentives that exceed tender requirements. U.S. companies may request that USTDA help level the playing field with a training grant to fund the cost of beneficial training for the project sponsor.

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Project Preparation Assistance

USTDA funds feasibility studies, technical assistance and the comprehensive analyses that infrastructure projects need to move from concept to financing and implementation.

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Pilot Projects

USTDA tests U.S. equipment and technology in overseas settings to promote cutting-edge U.S. solutions and identify new development opportunities for scalability and replicability throughout emerging markets.

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Reverse Trade Missions

USTDA brings foreign project sponsors to the United States to observe the innovative design, manufacture and operation of American products and services to support their infrastructure development goals.