2012 Press Releases
U.S. Government Committed to Expand Support for Kosovo’s Development
September 17, 2012
U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Tracey Ann Jacobson, USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket and President of the Republic of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga today signed a bilateral Assistance Agreement between the two governments. The document outlines the U.S. Government commitment to provide $62,519,966 (€47,727,740) in funds in 2012 to support a broad range of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistance activities to improve democracy and governance and economic development in Kosovo.
The funds also will be used to expand USAID assistance in education and agriculture. With the additional funding, USAID intends to provide more education opportunities for young people and create a Development Credit Authority to establish a loan portfolio for Kosovo farmers, including women. USAID carries out such activities in partnership with the ministries of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and relevant agencies.
"Kosovo's strength lies in harnessing the talents and abilities of all its citizens," said Ambassador Jacobson. "The investments in this agreement include a range of democracy, rule of law, and education initiatives that will help Kosovo citizens realize their country's full potential as a vibrant and democratic society. This multimillion dollar investment reflects the United States' sincere commitment to remaining Kosovo's friend and partner as it advances towards its European future."