United States Agency for International Development (USAID) intends to expand cooperation with the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET), according to a statement released by the UIET on Thursday.
In a meeting with Turkmen entrepreneurs at the UIET headquarters in Ashgabat, Christopher Edwards, USAID’s Regional Mission Director for Central Asia, made suggestions to bolster ties between the independent agency of the United States federal government and the largest business organization in Turkmenistan.
Members of the UIET briefed the USAID's Mission Director on activities and programs of the Union and noted the successful cooperation between Turkmen companies and USAID on a number of promising projects, including in Turkmenistan's agricultural sector.
Mr.Edwards mentioned the agency's positive experience on collaboration with the UIET and put forward proposals on cooperation, including in supporting export activities of Turkmen entrepreneurs and putting tourism projects into practice.
The participants of the meeting confirmed their interest in further cooperation.
With a budget of over $27 billion, USAID is the world's premier international development agency. It accounts for more than half of all U.S. foreign assistance.