Foreign Operations Assistance: Turkmenistan

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--Turkmenistan: Peace and Security; Governing Justly and Democratically; Investing in People; Economic Growth. - State Dept Image

U.S. assistance programs promote Turkmenistan’s engagement with the international community and build the country’s capacity to expand trade (including energy exports), and increase prosperity, stability, and security. U.S. assistance programs focus on improving access to outside information; deepening engagement with and meeting standards of regional and international commerce and investment; improving governing capacity through training and technical assistance; and providing access to quality higher education opportunities.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s borders are effectively secured and the country is better able to face extremist and criminal threats.

• The U.S. conducts information campaigns and trainings on best practices that help prevent and combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP), and assists in the rehabilitation and reintegration of TIP survivors. U.S. programs help to build the Turkmenistan government’s ability to combat TIP by providing training in methods that are based on international experience and best practices.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL ($ in thous)

3,360

4,529

4,815

Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia

-

3,940

-

Economic Support Fund

2,670

110

4,100

Foreign Military Financing

100

-

-

International Military Education and Training

140

285

285

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

200

-

200

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

250

230

230

• U.S. assistance supports participation by the Turkmenistan military in bilateral, regional, and multilateral training courses and in other networking opportunities, and provides English-language training to key Turkmen officers to facilitate their participation in international training sessions and exchanges.

• U.S. funding improves the interdiction and investigation skills of Turkmen counternarcotics police by providing training, technical assistance, and equipment.

• The United States continues its long-term support for Turkmenistan’s development of a strategic trade control legal and regulatory framework that meets international standards. U.S. assistance supports the development of licensing practices and procedures, helping to bring Turkmenistan into compliance with its obligations under UNSCR 1540 to develop and enforce appropriate legal and regulatory measures against the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and their means of delivery. In addition, programs continue to provide specialized enforcement training for frontline enforcement agencies, improving Turkmenistan's capacity to detect and interdict illicit trafficking in items of proliferation concern, with particular regard to rail lines and cargo.

Turkmenistan increases trade and further integrates into regional and global economic markets and institutions, contributing to greater stability and economic growth.

• U.S. assistance provides technical support in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of government policy priorities, especially those that can facilitate World Trade Organization (WTO) accession and increased regional trade (e.g., trade policy reform, arbitrage, and mediation).

Advance universal values through capacity development, reforms, and accountable governance.

• The U.S. provides training and short-term technical assistance to executive- and legislative-branch officials to increase awareness of democratic governance processes and the importance of civil society participation and transparency in government decision-making processes.

BY OBJECTIVE
($ in thous)

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653(a)

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL

3,360

4,529

4,815

Peace and Security

800

1,053

825

Governing Justly and Democratically

597

900

1,309

Investing in People

630

675

705

Economic Growth

1,333

1,901

1,976

• U.S. assistance helps local civil society organizations (CSOs) engage with government institutions on key issues and provide services to vulnerable populations. Programs provide information about comparable legal processes and offer consultations to nascent CSOs on government registration and other topics.

• U.S. funding seeks to bridge the gap between Turkmen and international-style secondary education by providing intensive college-preparatory classes in essay writing and subject matter covered in the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Test of English as a Foreign Language, which can also help prepare participants for U.S.-style classroom experiences. Funding provides supplementary scholarships to the most competitive students and provides guidance to all program participants on how to finance a U.S.-based education.

• U.S. assistance creates opportunities for future students and citizens to improve their English language skills, expanding their access to information and educational opportunities.

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 Turkmenistan.