September 30, 2010
Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance in Pakistan Ambassador Robin Raphel, USAID Mission Director Bob Wilson (right), and Secretary of the Government of Pakistan Economic Affairs Division Sibtain Fazal Halim sign the $831 million Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Agreement in Islamabad
Islamabad, September 30, 2010 – The United States and Pakistan signed a partnership agreement today covering the first year of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill.The agreement is an important element in the implementation of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill by allocating the first $831 million of more than $1 billion in development assistance funds that the United States will provide for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs in Pakistan this year."We will implement our assistance in the most open, transparent and accountable manner, so the people of Pakistan and of the United States know where the money is going," said Ambassador Robin L. Raphel, U.S. Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance.The funds approved today will be used for programs in key sectors, health, education, agriculture, and energy. To date, USAID has already provided $224 million in Kerry-Lugar-Berman funds to priority projects in Pakistan.