Foreign Minister meets USAID Mission Director to Mongolia

2019-08-22 13:41:52

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On August 21, Minister of Foreign Affairs D.Tsogtbaatar met with U.S. Agency for International Development's Mission Director to the Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia Lawrence Hardy and Ambassador of the United States to Mongolia Michael Klecheski.

The sides exchanged views on opportunities for cooperation under a program to be implemented by USAID between 2019 and 2021. The amendment made last year to the Strategic Objective Grant Agreement for the acceleration of sustainable, private sector-led economic growth, established between the Governments of Mongolia and the United States on June 15, 2004, authorized additional funding of USD 3 million from the U.S. side.

To boost trade and investment, the program for good governance and civil society will put emphasis on promoting transparency, enhancing legal framework for accountability, strengthening policy analysis capacity, increasing public participation in decision-making, and building consensus.

Throughout its active operation in Mongolia since 1991, the agency provided USD 240 million worth of technical and financial support. From 2016 to 2021, USAID is implementing the Leaders Advancing Democracy (LEAD) program, delivering civic education to young people and refining their leadership skills through international exchange programs.