Monday, August 15, 2011

USAID projects in Pakistan

US assistance under  USAID (NGO)projects created a lot of jobs for Pakistanis and Pakistani firms directly and indirectly. They carried out a lot of development projects especially in education sector but USAID this year received half a billion less funds as promised under Kerry Lugar Berman bill that authorized $1.5 billion per annum for five years to promote and enhanced strategic partnership with Pakistan. Instead of $1.5 billion during 2011, the USAID could get only $947.2 million due to across the board cut on international assistance by the US government.
US govt is facing a lot of financial trouble especially to bridge budget deficit by cut in spending but aid to Pakistan is very important and the amount is not huge therefore this cut can have serious repercussions which must be avoided. 

 USAID earlier spent $1.321 billion in 2010 and $1.147 billion during 2009 

USAID Pakistan Mission Director Dr. Andrew B. Sisson told in an interview  that despite financial constraints  the USAID has been providing financial assistance to Pakistan in various sectors.

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