USTDA creates partnerships between U.S. companies and overseas project sponsors that support U.S. jobs while increasing access to sustainable transportation and mobility in the world’s leading emerging markets. By fostering diverse projects in areas such as flight safety, airspace and airport capacity, USTDA helps partner countries develop efficient transportation infrastructure, an ingredient critical to generating global economic growth. USTDA uses the full range of its tools to pursue opportunities in diverse transportation domains, creating opportunities for U.S. suppliers of transport technologies, systems and services.

USTDA works with U.S. industry to help partner countries meet the rise in demand for aviation services, which is creating substantial export opportunities for U.S. aircraft, engines, air navigation technologies, varied aircraft parts, and numerous technical aviation services.  Professional technical training for a broad range of aviation system operators, maintenance practitioners, regulators and other professionals is a critical requirement for the growth of the sector in emerging markets, and the ability to provide high-standard technical capacity building plays to the unique strengths of U.S. industry and USTDA.

Public-Private Partnerships

The Agency has robust cooperation programs in China, India and Brazil, markets that receive considerable attention from the U.S. business community because of the tremendous export opportunities they offer.  These successful public-private partnerships (e.g., Aviation Cooperation Programs, Energy Cooperation Programs, Healthcare Cooperation Program, and Agriculture and Food Partnership) bring together government and industry leaders from the U.S. and each partner country to share technical, policy and commercial knowledge relevant to sectors like aviation and energy.  Perhaps most importantly, they help U.S. companies develop person-to-person connections that will lay the foundation for future engagement with rising leaders in the world’s fastest-growing markets.  By providing a platform for sharing values, addressing challenges and achieving goals, these partnerships help U.S. firms expand their business overseas and help emerging markets strengthen their infrastructure for trade. 

In particular, USTDA’s Aviation Cooperation Programs in China and India, respectively, and its Aviation Partnership in Brazil provide a platform for aviation officials to address safety and security priorities.  These public-private partnerships also support the expansion of airport infrastructure and the emergence of business aviation in these markets.  U.S. businesses have generated billions of dollars in exports as a result of the Agency’s investments, demonstrating the value of advanced U.S. technologies and services, including security equipment as well as communications and air traffic management systems.

USTDA has built off this model to develop an Aviation Initiative for South Africa, which supports the growth of safe, reliable aviation services in South Africa through the development of critical human capacity resources and closer professional partnerships between the U.S. and South African aviation sectors. This public-private partnership model that USTDA pioneered in the aviation sector enables the Agency and its partners to identify obstacles and work together to implement effective solutions.