During Dr. Raj Shah’s whirlwind two-day visit to Pakistan with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the ongoing Strategic Dialogue between the two countries, the U.S. announced more than $500 million in new development assistance for Pakistan.
The new projects include the completion of two hydroelectric dams in South Waziristan and Gilgit-Baltistan that will supply more than 34 megawatts of additional power to 280,000 residents in those areas, the renovation and construction of three medical facilities, economic growth programs and seven projects to improve water distribution and efficiency in the country. Much of the assistance will be delivered by USAID.
The United States shares with Pakistan a vision of a future in which all people can live safe, healthy, and productive lives. Dr. Shah spoke with press about USAID’s role in Pakistan, saying that “Our commitment is broad and deep,” and one that encompasses programs ranging from health and energy to economic growth and agriculture.
Dr. Shah reassured the people of Pakistan that new civilian development assistance programs would improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis. After the dialogue concluded, Dr. Shah and Secretary Clinton flew to Kabul, Afghanistan.
In October 2009, President Obama signed into law the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act), authorizing $7.5 billion in U.S. civilian assistance programs over the next five years (2010-2014).