USTDA has a long history of opening markets for U.S. companies and driving infrastructure development in the Indo- Pacific, a fast-growing region critical to the United States’ long-term economic and security interests. Across 23 countries in the region, USTDA has supported more than 700 activities which have generated more than $13 billion in exports of U.S. goods and services.
USTDA is accelerating its impact and engagement in the region under the three new government-wide initiatives that are advancing the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy:
1) The Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP);
2) Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN); and
3) Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (AsiaEDGE).
These three initiatives align with USTDA’s mission and present an opportunity to help shape and respond to the Indo-Pacific region’s demands for quality infrastructure solutions. USTDA is on the front lines of American-led infrastructure development in the region and frequently sees increasingly fierce competition from economic rivals that pose a threat to American commercial engagement and policy interests.
Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership
Through the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), the United States is improving partner countries’ digital connectivity and expanding opportunities for U.S. technology exports. In addition to establishing public-private partnerships to build digital infrastructure, this initiative is deploying technical assistance to improve partner countries’ regulatory policies and cybersecurity.
USTDA is advancing the goals of the DCCP through its unique toolset. The Agency partners with the U.S. private sector and overseas project sponsors on investments in critical connectivity and cybersecurity projects that support the development of open, interoperable, reliable and secure communications across the Indo-Pacific region.
USTDA has supported a range of information and communications technology (ICT) activities across the region, bolstering connectivity, emergency communications systems, cybersecurity, and smart cities.
Asia EDGE (Enhancing Development Growth through Energy)
Asia EDGE is a whole-of-government initiative that is strengthening energy security and promoting energy access across the Indo-Pacific. This initiative is growing foreign energy markets and boosting U.S. energy exports by expanding public-private partnerships, fostering business-to-business connections, and helping partner governments set market-based energy policies. Asia EDGE is also catalyzing private capital by partnering with firms and international financial institutions on pooled finance, insurance and risk mitigation, commercial advocacy, and project development.
USTDA’s mission and experience place it at the forefront of project preparation and design for the Indo-Pacific region’s energy sector development, with a focus on smart grid development, gas-fired power, refinery modernizations, coal-fired power, solar, and energy storage. The Agency’s portfolio drives the implementation of quality energy infrastructure projects that will expand economic growth and promote U.S. solutions.
USTDA’s energy sector activities create partnerships between U.S. companies and project sponsors in the Indo-Pacific, supporting U.S. jobs while increasing the region’s supply of clean energy and access to cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels.
Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network
The Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network (ITAN) presents an opportunity to help shape and respond to the Indo-Pacific region’s demands for quality infrastructure solutions. It is designed to improve partner countries’ project planning and management capacity while strengthening economic governance and related legal processes.
USTDA supports the ITAN by deploying a range of project preparation tools, such as feasibility studies, technical assistance and pilot projects, all of which highlight cutting-edge U.S. solutions. USTDA supports projects that advance the sustainable development of transportation, energy and ICT infrastructure throughout the Indo-Pacific, including airport and seaport development, power plant transactions and telecommunications projects.
USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value is a key component of the Agency’s Indo-Pacific partnership. GPI is educating public officials in the region on procurement practices and policies that integrate life-cycle cost analysis and best value determination. The goal of the training is to help officials achieve better procurement outcomes, and obtain smart, sustainable infrastructure with overall savings to their governments.