The U.S. Trade and Development Agency connects America’s private sector to priority infrastructure projects in developing and middle-income countries.

USTDA is unique among federal agencies: it is mandated by Congress to promote U.S. industry participation in infrastructure projects at the critical early stages when design choices and technology options are being determined and defined.

The Agency achieves its mission by funding feasibility studies, technical assistance and pilot projects that integrate the innovation and expertise of U.S. companies. The Agency connects project sponsors with U.S. partners through its reverse trade missions, industry conferences and expert workshops. USTDA places particular emphasis on vital economic sectors: transportation, energy, information and communication technology, healthcare and agribusiness.

Since 1992, the Agency has supported more than 4,000 project activities spanning 139 emerging markets and generating more than $73 billion in U.S. exports.

Driving Improvements, Delivering Results

USTDA strategically facilitates export opportunities for U.S. companies and supports sustainable development in dynamic markets all around the world. In fiscal year 2019 alone, USTDA identified more than $6.7 billion in U.S. exports to emerging economies as a result of programming that facilitated early-stage infrastructure development. During the most recent 10-year evaluation period, USTDA identified more than $111 in exports for every $1 invested in its programming, a record return for the Agency. Since 1992, USTDA’s program has contributed to more than $73 billion in U.S. exports.


Training Grants

U.S. firms may face a competitive disadvantage from foreign competitors offering incentives that exceed tender requirements. U.S. companies may request that USTDA help level the playing field with a training grant to fund the cost of beneficial training for the project sponsor.

Project Preparation Assistance

USTDA funds feasibility studies, technical assistance and the comprehensive analyses that infrastructure projects need to move from concept to financing and implementation.

Pilot Projects

USTDA tests U.S. equipment and technology in overseas settings to promote cutting-edge U.S. solutions and identify new development opportunities for scalability and replicability throughout emerging markets.

Reverse Trade Missions

USTDA brings foreign project sponsors to the United States to observe the innovative design, manufacture and operation of American products and services to support their infrastructure development goals.

Sectors of Focus


USTDA is an inventive resource for the global agricultural and food supply chain in emerging markets through projects, programs and activities that showcase U.S. solutions that advance food safety, security, and sustainability through the deployment of state-of-the-art U.S. irrigation, production and storage technologies.


USTDA focuses on traditional and renewable energy sources, as well as electricity transmission and distribution. Through smart grid development, gas-fired power projects, refinery modernization and energy storage, USTDA helps countries optimize resources and strengthen markets. This also creates unique opportunities for cutting-edge U.S. suppliers.


USTDA activities provide a pathway for emerging markets to increase patient access and improve healthcare delivery. The Agency is deploying new tools and integrating with the full range of healthcare providers to support the application of U.S. technology for diagnosis, treatment and cures for the benefit of emerging market populations.


USTDA promotes mobility and security in emerging transportation markets by enhancing flight safety, airport expansion, airspace capacity, rail modernization, port logistics and intelligent urban design. USTDA also creates new export opportunities for U.S. suppliers of transportation technologies, systems and services.


Emerging markets provide dynamic growth opportunities for U.S. technology providers to connect more of the world to the Internet. USTDA showcases U.S. innovation by focusing on projects and strategies that promote American solutions for connectivity, cybersecurity, data analytics and smart city infrastructure.

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