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USAID Administrator Shah: Assistance to Pakistan Remains Strong (April 13, 2012)

USAID Administrator Shah: Assistance to Pakistan Remains Strong

Islamabad, April 13, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact Mark Stroh, Spokesperson
0308-555-0591
55/2012

Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), met with Foreign Minister Khar today to discuss U.S. civilian assistance to Pakistan.  Dr. Shah stressed that the United States remains committed to a strong, mutually respectful relationship with Pakistan.  He noted that the United States considers bilateral U.S. civilian assistance to be an important component of that relationship. Dr. Shah also believes it can help Pakistan become a more prosperous, stable, and democratic state, which serves the national interests of both the United States and Pakistan.
 
Since the passage of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation in October 2009, the U.S. government has disbursed more than $2.6 billion in civilian assistance, including approximately $830 million in emergency humanitarian assistance.  U.S. civilian assistance funds are spent in five priority sectors:  energy, economic growth including agriculture, stabilization of the border regions, education, and health.  Notably, the people of the United States supported the construction of 210 kilometers of road in FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, provided clean drinking water to half of the population of the FATA, funded the world’s largest Fulbright exchange program, and sponsored initiatives promoting private sector growth and civil society development in Pakistan.

The Administrator communicated the United States Government’s continued desire to engage with Pakistan, focusing on areas of mutual interest and working through issues with trust, respect, and clarity of purpose.