| GEO Pakistan|
| Pakistan, US sign agreements for $341 mn projects|
| Updated at: 2216 PST, Friday, October 24, 2008|
ISLAMABAD: Acting Deputy Administrator, for the United States Agency for InternationalDevelopment's (USAID), James Kunder and Pakistan Economic AffairsAdvisor to Prime Minister, Shaukat Tarin Friday inked six amendments totaling $341 million to the bilateral agreements between the United States Government and the Government of Pakistan.
These assistance agreements are a cooperative effort between the two countries to support economic growth, education, health, governance and earthquake reconstruction in Pakistan.
In 2008, the United States Government, through USAID, provided a total of $406 million in assistance to Pakistan.
According to Mr. Kunder "...The agreements we signed today in partnership with the government of Pakistan, will strengthen the education system, improve maternal and newborn health services, prevent the spread of major infectious diseases, create employment, and develop more independent and democratic institutions."
He added that "...the strategic partnership between the United States and Pakistan is of vital importance and we are committed to sustaining assistance to aid Pakistan in tackling some of its greatest challenges affecting development."
Kunder is meeting with representatives and leaders in various fields to hear their views about Pakistan's development and US assistance programs.