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Foreign Operations Assistance: Armenia


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. assistance to Armenia supports democratic, economic, and social and health reforms designed to promote regional stability and complement U.S diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the long-running conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, and reopen the closed borders with Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Armenia

Armenia engages with its neighbors to achieve peace and greater regional integration, and strengthens its security partnership with the U.S. and NATO

Date: 2013 Description: Armenia: FY 2012 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective*: Peace and Security=20%; Governing Justly and Democratically=28%; Investing in People=15%; Economic Growth=34%; Humanitarian Assistance=3%. - State Dept Image• U.S. assistance supports research and grants, including to non-governmental organizations, for conflict mitigation projects, and funds international visitor exchanges to promote mutual understanding between neighboring countries.

• The United States provides training to increase professionalism and transparency in the Armenian military and increase its capacity to operate in conjunction with NATO forces.

• U.S. assistance is providing training and equipment to law enforcement agencies, such as the police, specialized units, and institutions that deal with transnational crime, corruption, narcotics trafficking, and other law enforcement concerns. Funds also support programs to address issues of trafficking in persons. Assistance programs are also providing training, equipment, and technical assistance to implement reforms and improve institutional capabilities to enhance nonproliferation and export control.

Armenia creates a resilient and energy secure economic environment which fosters sustained economic growth and provides increased opportunities for U.S. business and investment

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2012 ACTUAL

FY 2013 ESTIMATE

FY 2014 REQUEST

Total (in thousand $)

44,225

37,225

31,583

Assistance for Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia

40,000

0

0

Economic Support Fund

0

27,218

24,719

Foreign Military Financing

2,700

2,563

2,700

Global Health Programs - USAID

0

2,386

0

International Military Education and Training

675

585

600

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

0

3,009

2,824

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

850

1,464

740

• U.S. assistance supports tax reforms to enhance business competitiveness, improve tax administration policies, and strengthen the Armenian Government’s capacity to provide efficient taxpayer services.

• The United States is providing technical assistance to small and medium sized businesses to make them more competitive and increase the diversity of products and services they offer in domestic and international markets. This includes technical assistance to the agricultural sector to support the development of value chains, market-oriented and evidence-based agricultural policy, and improved access to affordable credit. U.S. assistance also supports programs with financial institutions that ensure the availability of private financing for small and medium enterprise development.

• U.S. assistance programs support a systematic and integrated approach to energy and water resource management, and help Armenia develop indigenous, diversified, renewable and alternative energy resources. U.S. assistance also supports safety enhancements at Armenia’s nuclear power plant, including the development and implementation of severe accident mitigation guidelines and shutdown emergency operating procedures.

• U.S. assistance is helping the Ministry of Health to improve maternal, newborn, and child health services, as well as prevention, detection, care, and treatment services to populations at high risk for tuberculosis. Programs also train health providers to better promote reproductive health and improve prevention and management of high burden diseases affecting women and children, through annual physical examinations, health promotion, and diagnosis and referral services. 

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

• U.S. technical assistance supports the implementation of pension system reforms in advance of Armenia’s new pension system going into effect in 2014. Programs are introducing an integrated social services system to better integrate persons with disabilities into the work place, and to better target social assistance benefits and services to the most vulnerable. The U.S. government is also providing universities with assistance to promote academic innovation, research, and development.

• U.S. humanitarian assistance is providing the neediest populations in Armenia with humanitarian commodities (such as medicines, medical supplies and equipment), disaster relief, and small reconstruction projects.

Armenia implements a Western-oriented reform program that leads to a more just, pluralistic society with democratic accountability, free and fair elections, and the rule of law

BY OBJECTIVE

FY 2012 ACTUAL

FY 2013 ESTIMATE

FY 2014 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

44,225

37,225

31,583

Peace and Security

8,940

9,509

9,182

Governing Justly and Democratically

12,498

10,093

10,047

Investing in People

6,693

5,110

2,000

Economic Growth

14,771

11,563

9,554

Humanitarian Assistance

1,323

950

800

• The United States is providing assistance to increase civic advocacy; improve local government strategic planning; promote interaction between civil society and government entities; enhance analysis and debate of public policy; expand citizens’ access to objective information; promote political pluralism; support effective participation in electoral politics; and improve government transparency, accountability and responsiveness.

• U.S. assistance is helping the Government of Armenia to implement its new Criminal Procedure Code, as well as providing training and material support to strengthen the justice system. U.S. assistance is helping to improve the application of due process in Armenia and the application of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Programs also improve legal aid and representation, by providing training and technical assistance to build the capacity of the defense bar, ombudsman, and law schools.

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 Armenia.



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