Despite anti-American narrative, KP receives Rs 307 billion aid from USAID

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PESHAWAR: Despite an anti-American narrative from Imran Khan, the PTI-led KP government enjoys very cordial relations with the United States and its aid agency, USAID (United States Agency for International Development ) which is spending a whopping $1426.98 million (Rs307.44 billion) on almost 21 projects in the province.

With a donation of $130 million from the American people, the US government has completed the Gomal Zam Dam in KP. USAID is the largest donor to KP’s annual development program in 2022-23 with a grant of Rs 19.81 billion.

American taxpayer dollars are spent on infrastructure, education, health, energy, governance, humanitarian assistance, economic growth, and cultural preservation and restoration projects in the province.

USAID is an independent agency of the US federal government that is primarily responsible for the administration of civilian foreign assistance and development assistance. According to KP government documents available with this scribe, USAID is working with the provincial government and different KP organizations. USAID is spending $124.4 million in the KP Reconstruction Program to rebuild conflict-affected public schools, health, and water infrastructure; improve the learning environment in public schools by providing essential furniture and laboratory equipment, and rehabilitate essential irrigation and communication infrastructure damaged by the flash floods of 2010. The project was launched in Dir Upper, Dir Lower, Malakand, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Peshawar, Nowshera and Dera Ismail Khan. The project started in 2010 and will end in September 2023.

Similarly, another major municipal service delivery project was launched in 2011 with an amount of $56.8 million. It should be completed in September. The objective of the project was to sustainably improve the delivery of municipal services to effectively meet the basic needs of the citizens of Malakand, Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan.

The Gomal Zam Dam Command Area Development Project was initiated in September 2015 and will be completed in June 2024 at a cost of US$12.9 million. It would water 191,000 acres in the command area, bring about integrated development of the command area, agricultural water management, productivity improvement, value addition, processing and effective marketing in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan. The US government has already completed the Gomal Zam Dam, which has increased Pakistan’s power capacity by 17 megawatts – enough capacity to power more than 20,000 homes and create economic opportunities for 30,000 homes.

The documents revealed that the FATA Reforms Support Activity was launched in 2018 with a cost of $15.7 million while the KP Revenue Mobilization Activity Project started in 2020 with an amount of $15.7 million. $8 million. Approximately $36 million was allocated for the merit- and need-based scholarship program, $24.6 million for procurement and supply chain management, $64 million for the integrated health, $40 million for the community resilience activity of FATA, $2.2 million for the capacity building of the health services the academy and $15 million for the human development activity.

Similarly, USAID is spending $681.5 million on the FATA infrastructure project, $20.8 million on Pakistan regional economic activity, $81 million on the Kurram Tangi Dam, 34.8 million dollars for the small and medium enterprises activity and 20 million dollars for the economic revitalization program of FATA.

“Similarly, $8.2 million for Pakistan agricultural technology transfer activity, $16.4 million for horticulture promotion activity, $7.5 million for agriculture management water for increased productivity and $9.8 million for the Women’s Economic Empowerment activity. Another major land registration program in the merged areas has been launched with an amount of $17 million to develop a transparent and credible land registration and registration system in the former tribal areas promoting economic growth and investment,” the official documents state.

The U.S. Embassy also released a fact sheet, which says the U.S. government has built more than 1,300 kilometers of roads, including 652 kilometers of highways, 35 bridges and two tunnels along the border region. , the busiest of which welcomes 16,000 vehicles every day.

The US government has built an additional 1,240 kilometers of roads in the NMDs and border security projects to help farmers and businesses get goods to market. Nearly 1,300 regional drinking water supply, irrigation and electricity projects for local communities have already been completed.

The construction and renovation of 420 police facilities has helped strengthen the rule of law in the province. The US government has spent $2.6 million to renovate 28 regular police stations into model police stations, including training in modern policing practices and support for women.

The Embassy further reports that the United States has built 229 and rehabilitated more than 1,000 schools that have been damaged due to activism and natural disasters, benefiting more than one million students. About 2,800 people from KP have participated in exchange programs funded by the US government.

“We have invested $1.3 million in public diplomacy grants for KP over the past six years to build capacity and train journalists, youth, entrepreneurs and people with disabilities. This includes a $5.5 million investment in English-language programs at KP. We have trained more than 2,456 participants in investigative and forensic best practices under the Police Program. We have also trained 820 judges and prosecutors in judicial cooperation and information sharing,” the embassy said.

In addition, the United States has rehabilitated more than 200 facilities, 120 kilometers of the municipal drainage system and 180 drinking water wells in Peshawar, providing more than two million people with access to basic drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management. .

It further says that more than 10,000 health care providers have been trained and provided equipment to 48 health units and donated medical equipment to six teaching hospitals. The US government supported the completion of a 120-bed plastic surgery and burns center in Peshawar.

Following the U.S. government’s partnership with the Pakistani government to launch a $127 million flagship initiative to establish advanced learning centers in water, energy, and food security, notably the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Peshawar University of Engineering and Technology.

The U.S. Embassy’s fact sheet says U.S. computer skills firm Udacity signed a 135 million rupiah ($600,000) contract with the KP government on June 29 to provide training for nano -diplomas to graduates. American companies McDonald’s, Hardees, Subway, KFC, Ramada, Hilton and Uber have operations in KP, employing thousands of local residents. Launched this year, Coca-Cola owns and operates a green field bottling plant in Hattar Haripur region with an investment of $50 million. The U.S. government has supported six Ambassadors’ Funds for cultural preservation projects at KP, investing more than $800,000 in cultural heritage preservation since 2002. This includes $600,000 to restore and conserve the Buddhist monastery of Takht-i -Bahi.

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