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                                Message from the Chief Operating IOfficer and Head of Agency
n every way, 2020 was a year to remember. For On the ground, USTDA worked with worldwide stakeholders USTDA, it was also a time of extensive success, novel to adopt smart city technology, integrate renewable energy approaches, creative design and, in the wake of the where it has never been used before and reimagine COVID-19 global pandemic, challenges like no other. infrastructure across all sectors. This approach delivered
But through it all, the Agency planned, prepared and prevailed in its core mission and fundamental responsibilities. USTDA achieved unprecedented advancements in all its global regions by adopting targeted and specialized strategies designed to meet ambitious goals and specific need. As a result, USTDA is now stronger than ever, more capable than before and better prepared to take charge of a growing portfolio of development projects overseas. USTDA’s work showcases the best of U.S. industry and true partnership with American workers here at home.
Fundamentally, USTDA stands apart: it is a government entity with a one-of-a-kind mission and full range of tools that ensure the Agency can execute all across this country and in every corner of the world.
Our outstanding team has capabilities that are unique within the U.S. government and advance a fundamental appreciation of American solutions and an understanding of the ways we can act decisively in our priority sectors of agribusiness, energy, healthcare, information and communications technology, and transportation.
As much as anything else, USTDA dedicates itself to an infrastructure future that is “built to last.” That is why the Agency this year launched the Global Infrastructure Resilience Initiative to help emerging markets that face the twin threats of uncertainty and instability complete the process of planning, financing, procuring and sustaining infrastructure to withstand a full range of external risks. The initiative draws directly from USTDA’s decades-long experience working with U.S. industry to deliver solutions that help emerging economies better manage financial downturns and lessen adverse impacts on economic growth.
cutting-edge U.S. innovation that is connecting millions of people around the globe in completely new ways.
USTDA is going further by extending its global reach through its newest overseas presence in Nairobi, Kenya, and upcoming new offices across the Indo-Pacific region in Manila, Philippines; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Jakarta, Indonesia. In this way, USTDA will enhance its decades- long record of transforming key regions by being better able to lead strategic engagements in the Indo-Pacific, Africa and other vitally important locations around the world.
As our nation competes on the global front lines for jobs, development, and long-term opportunities, USTDA is ensuring that American manufacturing and American workers are always at the forefront. To address this challenge, the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative remains a signature success. This year, even more nations became GPI partners, allowing USTDA to create a true global network united by the lasting value of market fundamentals, budgetary transparency and fundamental fairness.
We have never been more committed to our work — and never more honored to play a singular role in the Administration’s ambitious agenda and continuing mission on behalf of U.S industry and American workers.
Todd Abrajano
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency
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