Foreign Operations Assistance: Kazakhstan

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
June 1, 2014

   

United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, June 2014*

The United States seeks to ensure and maintain Kazakhstan’s development as a stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous partner that respects international standards and agreements, embraces free-market competition and the rule of law, and is respected as a regional leader. U.S. assistance supports Kazakhstan’s capacity to play a greater role in promoting regional stability and economic integration; develop its judiciary in support of the rule of law; promote an effective civil society; strengthen border security and combat transnational crime; mitigate climate change by supporting lower emissions development; and improve public-sector capacity and governance, promote economic diversification and support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Assistance Activities by Goal

Increase the ability of the government to combat transnational threats

Date: 2014 Description: FY 2013 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective*: Kazakhstan -- Peace and Security = 39%; Governing Justly and Democratically = 20% Investing in People = 16%; Economic Growth = 25% - State Dept Image• U.S. security experts provide training to Kazakhstan’s security forces in peacekeeping operations, military intelligence, aviation, and Special Operations Forces training; develop maintenance and sustainment programs for U.S. equipment; and expand the Ministry of Defense’s capacity to train its senior officers.

• The United States provides training, technical assistance, and equipment donations to Kazakhstan’s Border Guard Service, including training in conducting narcotics investigations and developing courses for local instructors. U.S. experts provide advice on counter narcotics legislation.

• With U.S. assistance, law enforcement agencies are developing a more effective overall counterterrorism program and are building the skills needed to address terrorist threats. The United States is also helping to improve Kazakhstan’s capacity to control strategic trade and meet international nonproliferation obligations, including the provision of modern detection and inspection equipment, specialized training programs, and limited infrastructure support related to border security.

Build capacity in the government to implement judicial reform

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2013 ACTUAL

FY 2014 ESTIMATE

FY 2015 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

14,033

11,191

9,737

Economic Support Fund

6,892

6,354

6,200

Foreign Military Financing

855

1,500

800

Global Health Programs - USAID

2,234

0

0

International Military Education and Training

744

707

707

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

1,801

1,200

600

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

1,507

1,430

1,430

• U.S. legal experts work with Kazakhstan’s judiciary, including the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan and the Union of Judges, to garner greater public trust and bring these institutions into greater alignment with internationally recognized standards of accountability and performance.

Increase the capable influence of civil society and media organizations on public policy decision-making at the national level

• U.S. technical assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) helps them operate more effectively and better represent the interests of their constituencies, such as expanding good governance reforms devised and piloted by CSOs to improve public-service delivery and accountability.

• U.S. assistance to human-rights activists and groups builds their ability to protect and promote human rights. U.S. foreign assistance funding also is used to increase knowledge of and respect for human rights, and to promote dialogue on such topics as democracy, civil society, economic growth, and religious tolerance through visits of expert speakers from the United States.

Improve Kazakhstan’s trade and investment environment

• The United States implements joint programs with Kazakhstan to improve public-sector governance and capacity, attract foreign investment, promote regional economic integration and regulatory simplification, advance economic diversification and small-business support, and support Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S. assistance is also funding professional study tours and training that allows participants to learn about the preconditions for investment, trade partnerships, and economic growth.

BY OBJECTIVE

FY 2013
ACTUAL

FY 2014
653a

FY 2015
REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

14,033

11,191

9,737

Peace and Security

5,472

5,517

3,787

Governing Justly and Democratically

2,800

2,360

2,700

Investing in People

2,234

0

0

Economic Growth

3,527

3,314

3,250

• The U.S. government trains officials and representatives from state-owned and private companies on implementation and compliance of key legislation regarding energy efficiency and carbon markets.

Improve Social Service Delivery and Effectiveness

• U.S. technical experts are helping Kazakhstan to address trafficking in persons (TIP)-related issues, including increasing public awareness of TIP and improved assistance to victims.

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*This fact sheet does not reflect Peace Corps funding or centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for Kazakhstan.