U.S. publishes program of financial assistance to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 16 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The United States assistance to Azerbaijan is targeted to encourage reforms that promote regional security, the development of key democratic institutions and processes, and sustainable economic growth, the Foreign Assistance Program Overview for 2012 approved by the U.S. Congress reads.
"Security assistance works to bolster Azerbaijan's border security and increase Azerbaijan's ability to contribute more effectively to international efforts on peacekeeping, counterterrorism, nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and counter narcotics," the U.S. Department of State reported.
U.S. programs work to advance democracy by promoting good governance and democratic reforms and increasing public participation in governmental policy-making and oversight. U.S. assistance also seeks to combat domestic and transnational criminal activities, and helps broaden and diversify economic growth by addressing critical economic policy and institutional constraints and promoting stability and sustainable growth in the non-oil sectors of the economy.
The United States is partnering with the Azerbaijani government to co-finance some assistance programs, particularly in the areas of economic growth and regional socioeconomic development, the document reads.