Foreign Operations Assistance: Turkmenistan

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*

Through its assistance programs, the U.S. government seeks to maintain Turkmenistan’s engagement with the international community and increase its capacity to expand trade (including energy exports); deepen engagement with its neighbors, and increase regional prosperity and stability; improve security sector capacity and governance, including border security; deepen engagement on regional and international commerce and investment; improve the governance capacity of the Government of Turkmenistan and facilitate popular participation and pluralism.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Turkmenistan

Engage Citizens in a Greater Role in Civil Society and Governance

Date: 2014 Description: FY 2013 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective*: Turkmenistan -- Peace and Security = 22%; Governing Justly and Democratically = 36%; Investing in People = 11%; Economic Growth = 31% - State Dept Image

• U.S. assistance enables local civil society organizations (CSOs) to more effectively engage with government institutions and provide services to vulnerable populations. U.S. funded experts also offer consultations and legal information to nascent CSOs on registration and other topics.

• U.S. training and short-term technical assistance to executive- and legislative-branch officials is designed to increase their understanding of the role of democratic governance and transparency in government decision-making processes.

Increase Access to Quality Education and Health

• The United States provides intensive college-preparatory classes in essay writing and subjects covered in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), top-off scholarships to the most competitive students, guidance about financing a U.S. education, and English language training. This assistance helps graduates from Turkmenistan’s secondary-schools compete for admission and scholarships to U.S. universities.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2013 ACTUAL

FY 2014 ESTIMATE

FY 2015 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

5,968

5,803

5,100

Economic Support Fund

4,640

3,988

4,100

Foreign Military Financing

0

685

100

International Military Education and Training

278

300

150

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

550

500

500

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

500

330

250

• The United States provides health education on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) prevention to youth using peer-to-peer methods for building community awareness. U.S. assistance also supports several drop-in centers where vulnerable groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers, can access health information and services.

• U.S. assistance supports the introduction and scale-up of WHO-recommended guidelines for TB and Multidrug- and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB). It supports the Ministry of Health and national programs by improving their capacity to plan, implement, monitor and, evaluate M/XDR-TB action plans.

Promote Private Sector Development and Regional Economic Integration

• The United States gives practical technical assistance in formulating, implementing, and monitoring government policy priorities, especially those which serve to facilitate WTO accession. This includes successful implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the development of a strategy to support the competitiveness of the private sector.

• U.S. animal health experts are helping livestock breeders to upgrade genetic material for livestock, and training veterinary experts to use modern feeding programs and disease protection.

• The United States is giving technical assistance to growers, processors, and marketing specialists of high-value horticultural crops to increase the value chains of commodities.

Strengthen Capacity to Manage International Borders and Cooperate on Regional Security Issues

BY OBJECTIVE

FY 2013 ACTUAL

FY 2014
653a

FY 2015 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

5,968

5,803

5,100

Peace and Security

1,328

1,925

1,110

Governing Justly and Democratically

2,142

1,432

1,490

Investing in People

675

0

563

Economic Growth

1,823

2,446

1,937

• The U.S. government provides English language and other training to Turkmen officers to enable them to interact and engage with the United States and other partners.

• U.S. experts provide training, technical assistance, and equipment to improve the basic interdiction and investigation skills of Turkmen counter-narcotics police and build the government’s capacity to combat trafficking in persons. Additionally, the United States partners with the government on comparative means of strengthening strategic trade controls.

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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 Turkmenistan.