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United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency seeks to advance economic and social development in developing and middle-income countries. The agency provides grants to host country public and private sector entities in the form or technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA provides assistance for project planning and to promote environmentally-sound project development at an early stage, typically by forging a partnership to share experience and technical expertise of the public and private sector in the United States.

In 2003, 10% of total agency-wide activities and budget was allocated to activities in the environment sector. Air quality-related projects focused on fuel options and interaction with the oil and gas industry. The most extensive undertaking in the past year by USTDA was in Thailand in working with PTT on their Natural Gas Vehicle Development program.

USTDA is headquartered in the Washington, DC area.


[_] Air quality monitoring
[_] Air quality management
[x ] Stationary sources of air pollution
[x ] Mobile sources of air pollution

  1. Thailand
  2. Philippines
  3. China
  1. Thailand: NGV Development Program
  2. Philippines: Coordination with ADB Metro Manila Air Quality Project
  3. China: Reviewed low emission diesel fuel and funded feasibility study for medical waste treatment facility

USTDA is responsive to the needs and priorities from countries, based on their requests. The grants are typically short-term technical studies, not long-term programs, which is more typical of agencies such as USAID. USTDA is interested to coordinate with those programs.

Although no current activities in this past year, USTDA is open and exploring more activities related to air quality in Indonesia and South Asia.


Ms Stacy Bonnaffons
Manager, Asia Regional Office
Tel: (662) 205 5600
Fax: (662) 255 4366
Email: [email protected]

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