The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has entered into bilateral agreements with China, India and Brazil for technical cooperation in the aviation sector, supporting airport expansion, airspace management and safety. Various aviation workshops are hosted in China to provide managerial, technical, safety, efficiency, capacity and operational training. In India, a grant to the Airports Authority of India was awarded to support predictable and efficient operations. In preparation to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil is receiving assistance to support airport development and network modernization plans in addition to multiple training activities. USTDA hosted the U.S./Latin America Aviation Summit in December 2012 to promote cooperation between the U.S. and eight States in Latin America. USTDA is also funding technical assistance in Azerbaijan to promote conformance with ICAO guidelines.
In 2012, under the Safe Skies for Africa (SSFA) Program, the FAA Academy conducted Government Safety Inspector (GSI) training in Botswana and Inspector Training Systems (ITS) and safety management systems training in Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. The FAA Academy also delivered training covering the concepts, tools and processes for developing a compliance and enforcement program as well as improving existing guidance materials in Kenya and Uganda. FAA Academy also worked with ICAO and the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals group and the Africa Association of Aviation Training Organizations to expand the footprint of the SSFA program.
The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) targets aviation safety through infrastructure investments and institutional policy reforms as a means to expand access to markets and facilitate trade. In Tanzania, MCC is investing approximately 8 million USD upgrading the airport on Mafia Island including the paving of the 1.4-kilometer runway. MCC invested 181 million USD in Mali to modernize and expand Bamako-Sénou International Airport, strengthen its civil aviation safety and airport authorities as well as foster a stronger regulatory framework governing Mali’s civil aviation sector.