Press Releases 2010
United States Support to Tajikistan
June 25, 2010
FISCAL YEAR 2009
This information was delivered by Ambassador Gross at a press conference held at the Republican Press Center today, June 25, 2010.
Since 1992 the United States has provided assistance to Tajikistan that supports economic growth, strengthens health and education, and develops democratic practices. The U.S. goal is a secure Tajikistan with a growing economy that provides for the well being of its people.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 the U.S. Government provided $58.65 million dollars for programs in Tajikistan. These funds were allocated for Border Security, Justice and Legal Reform, Improving Living Standards, Economic Growth and Humanitarian Aid. In addition, the U.S. Government transported $38.54 million dollars of humanitarian goods donated by private U.S. organizations.
The total U.S. foreign assistance budget for FY 2010 is $65.48 million dollars, an 11.16% increase over FY 2009. Below are some recent highlights and successes.
In 2009 the United States spent $15.25 million on Border Security Programs in Tajikistan.
- The United States rebuilt four border posts on the Tajik-Afghan border. One post was finished in 2009, and three are slated for completion in 2010.
- The United States renovated the Border Guard Academy in Dushanbe and worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to modernize training.
- The United States increased awareness of trafficking in persons (TIP) and provided reintegration services to TIP victims by supporting 10 non-governmental organizations who conducted nearly 500 awareness-raising events that benefited over 23,000 people. USG- supported TIP hotlines received over 3,200 calls.
In 2009 the United States spent $9.38 million dollars on Justice and Legal Reform Programs in Tajikistan.
- The United States sponsored roundtable discussions on the draft Criminal Procedure Code for members of parliament, judges, advocates, NGOs, and professors.
- The United States helped parliament draft the “Local Self-Government Law”, signed into law by the President in July 2009, that provides for elections and budget authority for local officials.
- U.S. efforts contributed to significant changes to legislation governing civil society organizations by creating a single-window registration process for non-profit organizations and increasing the income tax exemption for charitable donations from 5% to 10% of taxable income.
In 2009 the United States spent $11.14 million dollars to Improve Living Standards in Tajikistan.
- The United States helped the Tajik Government improve the payment system for primary health care in Khatlon and Sughd provinces. U.S.-supported health financing systems now help more than 1 million Tajiks.
- The United States conducted clinical mentoring and monitoring visits to eight U.S.-supported safe motherhood maternity houses.
- The United States supported transparent and equitable funding mechanisms for schools that was tested in the field and approved by the government for use.
In 2009 the United States spent $12.9 million dollars on Economic Growth in Tajikistan.
- The United States helped the Ministry of Finance revise budget procedures for the 2010 state budget. Indicators show a 15% decrease in tax arrears and better taxpayer service.
- The United States helped Tajikistan implement a single-window business registration to replace the lengthy multi-agency process.
- The United States provided technical assistance to decrease the number of reporting errors in major banks.
In 2009 the United States spent $9.98 million dollars on Humanitarian Assistance in Tajikistan and paid to transport $38.54 million in privately donated humanitarian goods.
- The United States helped vulnerable people, including the elderly, orphaned children, and the disabled. The United States delivered donated medicine, medical supplies, blankets, food, and clothing.
- The United States repaired drinking water pipes and pumps in 20 communities, and trained over 300 people in pump station operations, maintenance and water treatment. With U.S. support, local governments presented transparent budgets, elicited community feedback, and taught citizens about water use, sanitation, and hygiene.
In May 2009, the United States gave emergency assistance to mudslides victims in Khatlon.
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