Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced a call for initial proposals to advance aviation sector infrastructure across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Under its U.S.-Southeast Asia Aviation Cooperation Program (SEA ACP), USTDA is seeking initial proposals for feasibility studies, technical assistance, pilot projects and expert training for its grant funding support. USTDA Acting Director Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally (ret.) made the announcement during the 2021 Indo-Pacific Business Forum.
“Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands want the best for their aviation sectors, which is why USTDA has issued this call for proposals,” said Thummalapally. “U.S. companies offer the most innovative solutions to the challenges facing the global aviation sector. We are looking for new approaches to facilitate passenger and cargo traffic in response to COVID-19. Ultimately, we wish to support aviation sector growth across the Indo-Pacific region in an impactful and sustainable manner.”
Eligible markets for USTDA grant funding support include Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
The SEA ACP is a public-private partnership that works with aviation stakeholders in Southeast Asia to design programs that promote technical, policy and commercial cooperation in civil aviation. SEA ACP is industry-led and government-supported, with cooperation from USTDA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Department of Commerce.
USTDA will accept initial proposals through Monday, January 10, 2022, at 5:00 PM EST. Initial proposal requirements can be found here. Entities are invited to submit an initial proposal for civil aviation projects to USTDA, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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