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Foreign Operations Assistance: Uzbekistan


Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
June 1, 2013

   
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United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, June 2013*

U.S. priorities in Uzbekistan are to help the country to protect its borders and the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) supply lines that run through the country; combat narcotics trafficking, improve Uzbekistan’s ability to control its borders, and continue efforts to combat trafficking in persons (TIP); support efforts to promote democratic reforms, including judicial reform, and promote civil society; prevent and control infectious diseases; and increase household income with assistance throughout various agriculture value chains, strengthen the capacity of agricultural businesses to meet international standards and export, and improve the business climate for increased trade and investment.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Uzbekistan

To increase citizens’ role in governance

Date: 2013 Description: Uzbekistan: FY 2012 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective*: Peace and Security=42%; Governing Justly and Democratically=12%; Investing in People=18%; Economic Growth=26%; Humanitarian Assistance=2%. - State Dept Image• The United States is providing technical assistance to strengthen the advocacy capacity of civil society groups, including those involved with drafting new legislation, to obtain key legal, regulatory and/or policy reforms, while also enhancing the capacity of Uzbekistan’s Parliament to conduct governmental oversight and to improve communication with constituents. U.S. assistance supports improving the legal environment for NGOs, and supports activities of local NGOs and groups, human rights organizations, and independent media.

• U.S. assistance provides technical assistance to help the government implement habeas corpus reforms and supports judicial reform; U.S. assistance also supports implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

To improve livelihoods for individuals engaged in agriculture and other sectors

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2012 ACTUAL

FY 2013 ESTIMATE

FY 2014 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

16,732

11,717

11,592

Assistance for Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia

7,540

0

0

Economic Support Fund

0

5,366

5,512

Foreign Military Financing

5,260

1,424

1,500

Global Health Programs - USAID

3,000

3,045

3,000

International Military Education and Training

332

299

300

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

0

1,044

740

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

600

539

540

• The United States provides technical assistance to farmers, water users’ associations, local research institutes and agribusinesses to improve production, processing, marketing, and distribution domestically and internationally across value chains from farm to export. U.S. assistance facilitates public-private dialogue to address key business climate constraints in Uzbekistan that hinder growth, trade, competitiveness, and investment, particularly in the agricultural sector. U.S. assistance also supports agricultural exchange programs and expanded trade between companies in Uzbekistan and the United States.

To reduce illness and deaths due to infectious diseases (e.g. TB, HIV) and noninfectious diseases (e.g., hypertension)

• United States technical assistance to Uzbekistan provides integrated tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS prevention, and care and treatment programs throughout the country. U.S. assistance is increasing Uzbekistan’s capacity to prevent tuberculosis (TB) transmission, particularly among vulnerable groups, improving the quality of TB and multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) case identification, diagnosis and treatment, and strengthening approaches to better incorporate TB services into primary health care. The U.S. is also providing technical assistance to identify the magnitude of antimicrobial resistance and means of preventing it, to assist in lessening the acquisition of infections in health care settings, and to assist in enhancing the use of evidence-based medicine and in improving scientific research capabilities.

Enhanced GOU response to transnational crime and security

• U.S. assistance supports nongovernmental organizations working to prevent trafficking in persons (TIP), improve protection of TIP victims, and reintegrate them into society.

FY 2000-2010 Foreign Operations Assistance (in millions)
Date: 2013 Description: FY 2000-2010 Foreign Operations Assistance (in millions). - State Dept Image

• The U.S. security assistance portfolio for Uzbekistan covers military contact exchanges, equipment, and training. The United States supports modernization of the Uzbek armed forces, specifically improving capabilities in counterterrorism, counternarcotics, and border security. This assistance supports U.S. interests in maintaining stability in the region and improving the flow of traffic along the NDN. In addition, the United States provides technical assistance to strengthen Uzbekistan’s capacity to control strategic trade through improvements to its legal and regulatory framework, institutionalize nonproliferation enforcement training into Uzbekistan's customs training academy, strengthen Uzbekistan’s weapons of mass destruction interdiction training capacities, and increase cross-border training with neighboring states.

BY OBJECTIVE

FY 2012 ACTUAL

FY 2013 ESTIMATE

FY 2014 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

16,732

11,717

11,592

Peace and Security

7,129

3,125

3,375

Governing Justly and Democratically

2,014

2,614

2,217

Investing in People

3,000

3,045

3,000

Economic Growth

4,289

2,733

3,000

Humanitarian Assistance

300

200

0

• U.S. assistance supports training and equipment to build the capacities of the government’s drug control units to investigate and interdict illicit counternarcotics trafficking and related financial transactions tied to the drug trade. U.S. assistance also helps develop the forensics capacities of the Ministries of Health, Justice, and Interior in order to provide science based evidence to the justice sector. U. S. also supports drug abuse prevention activities among youth.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Coordinator's Office Annual Reports
U.S. Embassy Website
www.foreignassistance.gov
Millennium Challenge Corporation

*This fact sheet does not reflect Peace Corps funding or centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for Uzbekistan.




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