FACTBOX-Key parts of U.S. spending plan for Pakistan

23 Mar 2010 05:00:48 GMT

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Congress passed legislation last year to spend $7.5 billion on nonmilitary aid to Pakistan over the next five years, with a major focus on water, electricity and strengthening government institutions. 

The aid package is among topics set to be discussed on Wednesday at high-level meetings between Pakistani and U.S. officials in Washington. 

Here is a breakdown of how the State Department has proposed the first tranche of the money — $1.45 billion — be spent. There are other pots of money in the Pentagon and other U.S. government departments and the following highlights just some of the projects planned by the State Department: 

ECONOMIC SUPPORT FUND — $1.03 billion 

Funds to build up capacity of government at all levels ($162 million); projects to boost the economy ($274 million) with focus on infrastructure and agriculture as well as the financial sector and trade; rule of law and human rights programs ($22 million); funds for “good governance” promotion ($60 million); health projects ($151 million); water supply and sanitation ($12.5 million); education ($335 million) 

FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING: $238 million 

These funds are aimed at enhancing four Pakistani military capabilities, including interdiction and border control; air mobility; counter-terrorism and stability operations 

DRUGS CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT — $130 million 

Aviation support ($52 million); police training ($65 million); counternarcotics ($7 million); program support and rule of law advisor ($6.4 million) 

HEALTH AND CHILD SURVIVAL PROJECTS — $29.7 million 

Money to cover HIV/AIDS ($2 million); Tuberculosis ($6.7 million); maternal and child health ($8.4 million); nutrition ($2.6 million); family planning ($10 million) 

NONPROLIFERATION, ANTI-TERRORISM, DEMINING AND RELATED PROGRAMS: $22.1 million 

The bulk of this is to pay for tactical training to Pakistan’s Federal Investigative Agency’s special investigative group, with a focus on improved intelligence gathering. 

MILITARY EDUCATION AND TRAINING: $5 million 

This will pay for senior and mid-level courses for military staff, including bringing Pakistani officers to the United States to study and train with the hope of boosting cooperation between the two militaries. *** Figures drawn from State Department “spending plan” filed with lawmakers at the end of last month (Reporting by Sue Pleming, editing by Philip Barbara)

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