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Obama Administration sends its first report on Pak to Congress

The Obama Administration has sent to the US Congress its first report on its aid to Pakistan as mandated by the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act. Under the Kerry Lugar Berman Act, Pakistan will receive $ 7.5 billion in the next five years.

world Updated: Dec 16, 2009 09:27 IST

The Obama Administration has sent to the US Congress its first report on its aid to Pakistan as mandated by the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act.

Under the Kerry Lugar Berman Act, Pakistan will receive $ 7.5 billion in the next five years.

The report sent to the Congress summarises the US assistance to Pakistan.

"The objectives of our assistance are to improve the Government of Pakistan's capacity to address the country's most critical infrastructure needs with an initial focus on energy and agriculture, to help the Pakistani Government improve economic opportunities in areas most vulnerable to extremism, including the Northwest Frontier provinces and FATA regions," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P J Crowley, said.

The objective of the US assistance, Crowley said: "is also to strengthen Pakistan's capacity to pursue economic and political reforms that have reinforced stability and as consistent with best practices over time, we will be looking to channel more of this assistance directly through a broad range of Government of Pakistan institutions as well as local nongovernmental institutions."

Crowley said, "The report also highlights that we will be working with the Government of Pakistan to address some of its most vexing macroeconomic and social policies, including the need for better revenue collection."