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Trade and Economic Growth
April 16, 2014
The United States demonstrated its support for Pakistan's economic growth at the Central Asian Business Opportunities Conference held in Islamabad from April 14- 16. Significant outcomes of the Conference included the signing of six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asian businesses to promote regional trade and investment as a means to facilitate regional economic growth. The conference was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and co-hosted by Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce and the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).
 
More than 250 private and public sector participants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan came together to seek new business opportunities and pursue greater regional coordination of trade and investment. The focus of the Conference was on agricultural products, textiles, leather, pharmaceuticals, and construction. The private sector also announced plans for increased intra-regional participation in trade fairs.
 
USAID's Economic Growth and Agriculture project in Pakistan
February 3, 2014

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Entrepreneurs Project, has trained 24,000 small business owners in the field of medicinal plants and honey.  The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Honey Industry conference on February 3 featured discussions aimed at developing the medicinal plant and honey sector in Pakistan.  Plant collectors and bee-keepers discussed business opportunities with buyers and service providers.

USAID's Health Initiative
January 22, 2014

Ambassador Richard Olson attended the release of Pakistan's National Institute for Population Studies Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) for 2012-13 at a ceremony at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. State Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar was also present at the event.

Agriculture Policy
January 21, 2014

The findings of the Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP) will be featured in a two-day conference beginning today.  The PSSP program, supported by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), serves to promote economic growth and development in Pakistan.

Higher Education
December 16, 2013
The United States government will launch a second phase of its Merit and Needs Based Program which will benefit 3,000 deserving but financially constrained Pakistani students. This was shared by Gregory Gottlieb, Mission Director, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Pakistan in a meeting with 29 vice chancellors of partner universities and Professor Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan.
 
Merit & Need based scholarsip
December 4, 2013

Eighty one students are pursuing advanced degrees at Pir Mehr Ali Shah (PMAS) Arid Agriculture University in Rawalpindi and at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad thanks to need-based scholarships provided by the United States government.  Mr. Larry Sampler, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad Khan, Arid Agriculture University Vice Chancellor, and Prof. Dr.

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Last updated: April 18, 2014

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