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Morocco’s agricultural sector accounts for almost 15 percent of its gross domestic product and employs nearly half of the country’s workforce. To increase production and reduce losses due to spoilage, USTDA partnered with Morocco’s agriculture leaders on a series of assistance activities that strengthened the agriculture sector through the deployment of more efficient cold chain systems that has enhanced the value of local agricultural products.
USTDA’s assistance to Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing identified cold storage infrastructure to help reduce date palm production losses, leading to investment in an eight-site network of treatment and refrigeration equipment units. The units have specifically decreased palm date spoilage, created new job opportunities and produced effective staff training in processing and handling procedures.
USTDA’s assistance for Morocco’s National Board of Fisheries also helped improve the country’s cold chain storage system for fish production, facilitating the transportation of fresh products to inland consumers. Following the implementation of USTDA’s assistance, Moroccan stakeholders invested in nine cold warehouses and 17 ice facilities in 18 different villages, thereby improving food quality and reducing incidences of foodborne illnesses.
USTDA Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy describes the Agency’s technical assistance and international impact this way: “Our work in Morocco helped develop the framework for a new and highly efficient cold chain infrastructure. This success demonstrates that we are on the right track as we continue to explore global opportunities for collaboration and showcase the best of U.S. private sector solutions.”
In 2009, Jordan launched its first E-Health initiative “Hakeem”, which sought to automate the public healthcare sector through the utilization of modern IT solutions. What started as a pilot project at three clinics in 2009, grew with USTDA assistance into a nationwide program that now manages over six million registered electronic patient records using American technology to improve patient care.
Faced with the challenge of a nationwide rollout, Jordan turned to USTDA for assistance. The Agency responded by funding a feasibility study that helped guide the process for installing electronic health records systems in 190 facilities, including hospitals, comprehensive clinics and primary care clinics.
USTDA’s investment has helped to enhance the effectiveness and quality of healthcare management systems, created patient-oriented records and reduced the cost of delivering health services across Jordan. The resulting computerization is also geared to streamline physician evaluation of patients and improve health outcomes.
More than 350 health professionals have been trained on the program. As the Hakeem initiative continues to be implemented across Jordan, more patient records will be computerized and additional health professionals will receive training. This has resulted in consulting services and new technology provided by 23 U.S. companies in 11 states: California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
USTDA Acting Director Thomas Hardy concludes that “USTDA’s work in Jordan is filling a critical need in connecting medical professionals and patients to modernized health care solutions. As more countries look to invest in their healthcare sector, USTDA will continue connecting U.S. industry and their high-quality technology solutions that can replicate this success.”
In 2017, the Turkish government desired to model the nation’s gas importation and distribution network after the Henry Hub in Erath, Louisiana — the largest centralized delivery point for natural gas and future trading in the United States. To support Turkey’s gas sector development plans, USTDA funded a reverse trade mission to familiarize 14 of Turkey’s private and public-sector industry leaders with the Henry Hub and introduce them to advanced U.S. technologies and services for gas hub operations.
The trip included a detailed series of facility site visits, company presentations and meetings with U.S. government energy regulatory agencies and industry associations in Houston, Texas; Erath, Louisiana; and Washington, D.C. A highlight of the trip was the participation of Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser connecting the delegates to more than 100 industry VIPs at the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exhibition conference and trade show in Lafayette.
The visit contributed to improvements in Turkey’s gas regulations and policy development, and it demonstrates the true potential of USTDA’s strategic building of relationships. The country’s regulator, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority, streamlined the establishment of a wholesale gas trading platform and provided a regulatory path for private companies to procure spot LNG far more easily than in the past. In addition, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources now allows for spot LNG pipeline gas, which will significantly improve trading opportunities and market liquidity. While a hub has yet to be established, new gas pipelines have been constructed and brought online as Turkey imports American LNG.
USTDA’s history of success in the gas sector, including the Turkey gas transit and trading hub visit, as well as several additional activities, led to the launch the U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative in November 2017. The Initiative – launched with U.S. industry partners – is designed to connect American companies to new export opportunities across the gas value chain in emerging economies. To date, USTDA has supported more than 350 projects in more than 70 countries, generating $7 billion in U.S. gas sector exports.
For more information on USTDA’s gas sector expertise and experience, please consult the Agency’s project preparation guide.