The U.S. Trade and Development Agency
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency: Maintaining U.S. Economic Engagement in a Time of Transition
Leocadia I. Zak,
Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has been an important catalyst for U.S. private investment and trade in developing and middle income countries. At the same time, USTDA promotes U.S. exports and creates jobs—for every $1 programmed, USTDA creates over $47 in U.S. exports.
USTDA’s role in promoting U.S. economic engagement will be of increasing importance in the coming years. USTDA will play a key role in maintaining U.S. engagement and influence in important middle income countries where traditional assistance programs are slated for exit. Ongoing economic engagement will also be integral to U.S. strategy in countries that are in the midst of political transformations, including Egypt and Tunisia. Leocadia Zak will discuss the role of USTDA as the U.S. confronts these foreign policy challenges.