The expansion of transportation and trade facilitation infrastructure in South Asia will be the subject of an upcoming conference sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). The event will take place March 7-9, 2006 at the Renaissance Mumbai Hotel in Mumbai, India, and will feature major public infrastructure plans in the region valued at nearly $7 billion, representing near-term commercial opportunities totaling more than $1.5 billion.
“This conference presents an important opportunity to promote trade and economic integration among South Asian nations, and to showcase U.S. expertise in intermodal transportation and trade logistics,” said USTDA Director Thelma J. Askey. Under the theme Transportation Solutions for South Asia Trade, the conference will also include presentations highlighting success stories in transportation infrastructure finance and best practices in intermodal transportation.
Featured projects will include ports, airports, railways, highways, intermodal connectors and inland waterways. The implementation of these projects will require a range of design, construction, and engineering services; technologies in the areas of intelligent transport, security and surveillance, navigation systems and logistics management systems; and equipment used in the construction and daily operation of trade and transportation facilities.