Foreign Operations Assistance: Kazakhstan

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
August 31, 2016


United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, August 2016*

Date: 08/2016 Description: FY 2015 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective-- Kazakhstan: Peace and Security; Governing Justly and Democratically; Investing in People; Economic Growth. - State Dept Image

U.S. assistance to Kazakhstan is focused on promoting Euro-Atlantic integration and increasing security within its borders; supporting economic growth and stability through a market economy; promoting and developing clean energy and fuel efficiency; developing public institutions based on democratic principles; and increasing citizen access to objective information about U.S. policies and culture, as well as local, national, and international issues.

Assistance Activities by Goal

Kazakhstan builds institutional capacity to counter and mitigate threats and become an effective and influential partner in ensuring regional and global security and stability.

• U.S. assistance helps Kazakhstan strengthen its counternarcotics capacity through training in analysis of operative information, narcotics investigations, and convictions of drug traffickers; investigation of drug-related money laundering crimes; instructor development courses; and technical expertise on counternarcotics legislation and international best practices to help improve Kazakhstan’s legal and regulatory regime.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL ($ in thous)

8,393

8,136

8,783

Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia

-

6,186

-

Economic Support Fund

4,538

250

6,183

Foreign Military Financing

800

-

-

International Military Education and Training

725

700

700

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

900

-

900

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

1,430

1,000

1,000

• U.S. funding supports the provision of modern detection and inspection equipment, specialized training programs, and limited infrastructure development to help Kazakhstan strengthen its borders and strategic trade controls and to meet its international nonproliferation obligations. The United States also supports Kazakhstan’s plans to build a WMD-interdiction training facility and for capacity-development efforts in strategic-trade-control licensing and outreach to proliferation-relevant industry. In addition, the United States pursues regional enforcement training with Kazakhstan and its neighboring countries.

• Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) activities include increasing awareness of TIP issues and improving the government’s ability to identify and to provide support for trafficking victims.

• U.S. programs promote increased cooperation in civil nuclear energy, particularly with respect to nuclear safety, and provide training to enable Kazakhstani authorities to respond effectively to nuclear/radiological incidents and emergencies.

• U.S. military educational institutions educate up to 20 Kazakh military leaders to enhance their interoperability with other forces and advance Kazakhstan’s professionalization initiatives. U.S. assistance expands the Ministry of Defense’s capacity to train its non-commissioned officer corps through development courses.

Kazakhstan takes concrete steps to complete its transition to a liberal, market economy in order to ensure continued economic growth and stability.

• U.S. assistance promotes the development of a robust private sector by providing industry specific training for business leaders and, where relevant, government officials.

• The United States continues to support climate change mitigation as part of the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI), working with the Ministry of Energy and Kazakhstan’s business community, to promote more effective implementation and compliance with Kazakhstan's emissions trading system.

Kazakhstan develops public institutions and politics based on democratic practices to improve governance and boost civic engagement.

• U.S. funding helps identify and expand good governance reforms advocated by civil society organizations, in order to achieve long-term, institutionalized improvements in public-service delivery and accountability.

BY OBJECTIVE
($ in thous)

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL

8,393

8,136

8,783

Peace and Security

4,335

2,407

2,964

Governing Justly and Democratically

1,068

2,544

3,094

Investing in People

-

135

-

Economic Growth

2,990

3,050

2,725

• U.S. programs strengthen the capacity of human-rights activists and groups to protect and promote human rights, and increase knowledge of and respect for human rights among Kazakhstan’s youth, with a growing emphasis on Kazakh-speaking communities.

• U.S. assistance promotes an enabling legal framework for civil society, including analysis, technical advice, and advocacy for positive legislative and regulatory reforms.

The Government of Kazakhstan collaborates with the U.S. diplomatic mission to Kazakhstan to increase citizen access to objective information and improve understanding of U.S. policies and culture.

• U.S. programs work to strengthen independent media outlets, both as individual entities and as networks that share content, advertising markets, and advocacy positions on policy issues. Media support also seeks to broaden information sources available to citizens. Activities include legal support, training, and networking opportunities for journalists and media outlets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
State Department Fact Sheets
U.S. Embassy Website
www.foreignassistance.gov
Millennium Challenge Corporation

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