USAID’s FY 2013 budget released; Pakistan to receive $ 2.4 billion
Washington: (Tuesday, February 14, 2012) The President’s FY 2013 Budget for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) strengthens U.S. national security, advances America’s economic interests,
and elevates America’s global leadership through diplomacy and development. It supports U.S. businesses, protects Americans at home and abroad, and stops the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It supports our allies and partners, prevents conflict,
promotes democracy, and reflects our core values.
Making up just 1 percent of the U.S. Government’s overall budget, the Department of State/USAID budget totals
$51.6 billion. The request provides the most cost-efficient way to ensure diplomats and development experts have the resources necessary to address complex threats to our national security and promote our economic renewal.
This budget includes about $ 11.9 billion for supporting USA’s work in Frontline States which include Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to the press release released by United States’ State Department, Pakistan will receive $ 2.4 billion from this fund. Identifying the areas where this amount is planned to be spent, the press release stated “$2.2 billion
in assistance to strengthen democratic and civil institutions that provide a bulwark against extremism, and support joint security and counterterrorism efforts, including $800 million for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund.” Besides that, there
will be “$197 million supports the U.S. government’s civilian presence, as well as programs for engagement with civil society.”