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USTDA to Present Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa Aviation Sector.

29 Projects Worth Approximately US$2.6 Billion to be Covered

WASHINGTON -- Upcoming aviation projects and investment opportunities in the sub-Saharan African region will be discussed at a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA USTDA United States Trade and Development Agency ) conference scheduled to take place October 26-28, 2009 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is a skyscraper and hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, adjacent to the Peachtree Center complex. It is 220 meters (723 feet) tall, and rises 73 stories from ground level. Its diameter is 188 ft (57 m).  in Atlanta, GA.

The U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa: Partners in Aviation Conference will bring together senior government officials and private sector representatives from 17 sub-Saharan African countries, including Ministers of Transportation and leaders of civil aviation authorities, and representatives of U.S. government and aviation companies, to discuss aviation issues and opportunities.

"Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are poised to make dramatic improvements in the region's aviation infrastructure to meet continued growth in passenger and cargo volumes," said USTDA Acting Director Leocadia I. Zak. "The planned infrastructure enhancements present significant opportunities for U.S. aviation vendors and service providers."

USTDA has identified more than 90 major aviation projects underway or in advanced planning stages in 29 countries and 3 regional economic communities. The timeframe for implementation is over the next three years. Twenty-nine of the projects, representing investments totaling approximately US$2.6 billion, will be profiled in detail at the conference. Information on the remaining projects will also be provided to conference participants.

All of the projects present significant commercial opportunities for U.S. aviation suppliers and professional service firms. The project budgets range from US$27 million to US$480 million and include infrastructure upgrades at most international airports in the region, air traffic control and safety improvements, and a number of new international airport initiatives.

The conference agenda will highlight key topics, including financing and security and safety management systems, and promote a dialogue on the development and growth of the sub-Saharan African aviation industry. In addition, planned workshop sessions on leading technologies for enhancing airport facilities and airspace management The coordination, integration, and regulation of the use of airspace of defined dimensions.  are also on the agenda.

Participating countries include: Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso Burkina Faso (burkē`nə fä`sō), republic (2005 est. pop. 13,925,000), 105,869 sq mi (274,200 sq km), W Africa. It borders on Mali in the west and north, on Niger in the northeast, on Benin in the southeast, and on Togo, Ghana, and , Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The City of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL, ICAO: KATL, FAA LID: ATL), known locally as Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson  are supporting partners for the conference, and the airport will host an airside air·side  
The part of an airport directly involved in the arrival and departure of aircraft.


the part of an airport nearest the aircraft
 tour for African delegates and interested U.S. company representatives. Trade and industry organizations supporting the conference include: The Corporate Council on Africa The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) focusing on strengthening commercial relationships between the United States and the African continent. , Air Transport Association of America, Inc., Airport Consultants Council, the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and USA-Kenya Chamber Of Commerce. Corporate sponsors include: Honeywell; HOK; The Louis Berger Group The Louis Berger Group, based in East Orange, N.J., according to their website:
"...offers professional services in the areas of civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering; program management planning; environmental sciences; cultural
; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is an international, full-service law firm with strengths in the energy, financial services, real estate and technology sectors and offices located throughout the United States and the world, including key financial centers such as New York, ; Vedder Price; Raytheon; and Robinson Aviation (RVA RVA rabies vaccine adsorbed; see rabies vaccine, under vaccine. ), Inc.

Officials from U.S. government departments and agencies, including USTDA, the U.S. Departments of Transportation, State, Commerce and the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control  and Transportation Security Administration are expected to participate. Officials from financing institutions, including the Export-Import Bank of the United States Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)

One of the principal U.S. government agencies in international finance. Originally incorporated as the Export-Import Bank of Washington in 1934, its goal is to help finance U.S.
 and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, will also be present to discuss their programs with conference participants. Representatives from African companies interested in U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa partnership opportunities will also be in attendance.

Each U.S. participant will receive a resource guide on the projects presented, including critical economic information, export potential, time lines, equipment needs and key contacts. Participants can also take part in pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings to talk privately with project presenters and other official delegates. For more information or to register for the event, visit the conference website at or contact Pamela Peseux at +1-202-347-2725 or +1-866-636-4729 (toll free in the U.S.), or by e-mail at

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, and orientation visits that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA's strategic use of foreign assistance funds support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creating an enabling environment for trade and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax. .

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