Tajikistan: US Embassy Complains of Aid-Blocking Bureaucracy
In an unusual display of candor, officials at the U.S. Embassy of Tajikistan have complained that their initiatives to support the country’s development have recently been hogtied by bureaucracy.
Speaking on May 12 at ceremony to hand over $6 million worth of equipment to the border service, Ambassador Elisabeth Millard said she hoped that the difficulties the embassy has experienced in implementing its programs could be overcome.
Millard noted that the United States has endowed Tajikistan with $1.8 billion in aid money over the past 25 years.
The mission’s Information Officer, Jeff Ridenour, singled out efforts to assist the education sector as a particular problem area.
The Tajikistan page for USAID lists mitigation of student drop-out rates and the cultivation of critical thinking as the focus of its education support initiatives.
There do not seem to be any complaints, however, about the aid the United States gives Tajikistan on the law enforcement front.
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