A successful World Pomegranate Fair in Kabul, Afghanistan, sponsored by USAID, enabled farmers to boost production and stimulate the Afghan economy with international exports. Here, a seller displays his produce at the fair. Agence France Presse (AFP) Image
The U.S. Government’s goal is to achieve rapid, sustained, and broad-based economic growth for the United States, its trading partners, and developing countries. Further, economic diplomacy plays a large role in advancing the Department’s priorities in the areas of U.S. energy security, climate change, and the environment. All countries derive enormous benefits from a stable, resilient, and growing world economy. The United States plays a leadership role to promote economic growth and prosperity. The latest global economic downturn, however, demonstrates how quickly growth can reverse into rapid decline and the importance of implementing economic policies that promote sustainability.
Of the 24 indicators within this Strategic Goal, seven met or exceeded targets and six were below target. Ratings are not available for 11 indicators that are either new or for which data are not yet available. The Department of State and USAID allocated $4.7 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2009, which is 10% of the total State-USAID budget supporting all strategic goals. A more detailed discussion of the priorities under this Strategic Goal and U.S. Government performance for six illustrative indicators is provided in the following section.