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Opening Remarks at 2016 U.S.-China Aviation Summit

June 21, 2016 — Good morning and thank you, Carl, for that kind introduction.  On behalf of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 U.S.-China Aviation Summit.

I want to begin this morning by recognizing our incredible co-hosts from CAAC and the FAA.  Deputy Administrator Wang, we are honored to welcome you and your distinguished delegation.  Thank you for being such an excellent friend to USTDA.  

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Verinda Fike, front row, second from the right.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony for emerging leaders from China’s aviation sector. The ceremony marked the end of four weeks of training under the Air Traffic Management Executive Training program. The training has become a key feature of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), a public-private partnership among the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and 45 U.S. companies.

China Green Airport Construction Reverse Trade Mission (RTM)
Date: May 15 - 22, 2016
Locations: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA
May 15, 2016 to May 22, 2016
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APEC Air Traffic Management & Air Traffic Control Workshop
Date: March 30, 2016
Locations: Manila, Philippines
March 30, 2016
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China: 7th U.S. - China Aviation Summit
Date: June 19 - 21, 2016
Locations: Washington, D.C.
June 19, 2016 to June 21, 2016
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Increase two-way air connectivity between India and US: Gajapathi Raju

BENGALURU: Observing that more Indian aircraft are flying into the US than theirs into India, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today called for increased two-way connectivity between the countries. Raju was speaking at the inauguration of the fifth US-India Aviation Summit here that was attended by US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) Director Leocadia I Zak, among other

India: U.S. - India Aviation Summit
Date: November 3 - 5, 2015
November 03, 2015 to November 05, 2015
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Diana Harbison serves as USTDA Director for Program Evaluations.

It was late summer in Vietnam, and a last-minute schedule change meant I was in a hurry to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City—leaving me no choice but to purchase a ticket at the airport.  Hustling into the crowded Hanoi airport, I found the airline desk, identified a flight and presented my passport to the friendly airline attendant—who promptly wait-listed me by writing my name in a simple, lined composition notebook.

U.S. – Brazil Aviation Partnership: Air Traffic Flow Management Workshop
October 28, 2014 to October 30, 2014
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