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Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
Date:3/3/2010

ities.  Indeed, we are working in partnership with the Government of Iraq whose investment in their own development matches or exceeds at least 50 percent of U.S. foreign assistance funds.  

Specifically, USAID is promoting economic development, strengthening the agricultural sector, which is the largest employer of Iraqis after the Government of Iraq, and increasing the capacity of local and national government to provide essential services.  For example, USAID is strengthening public administration, strategic planning and project management in critical Iraqi ministries by supporting 180 international post-graduate scholarships in programs related to public administration for Iraqis at universities in Cairo, Amman, and Beirut.  The additional funding requested will also promote small and medium enterprise growth, strengthen the Iraqi private banking sector and increase access to lending for entrepreneurs engaged in new market opportunities resulting from improved stability.  

In addition to supporting these critical frontline states, we are targeting investments to assist with urgent global challenges that – if unmet – can compromise the prosperity and stability of a region or nation.


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